Steelers notebook: Rookie free agent Jones takes on special teams
• Asked which special teams units he's playing on, undrafted rookie free agent linebacker Howard Jones said, “All of them.” Jones, the former Division II star at Shepherd, recovered two fumbles against the Giants. Still, the linebacker said, “I definitely need to get better at those (special teams).”
• So is Dri Archer a running back or a wide receiver? The answer: yes. “I switch it up. I meet with both coaches and go over everything. You've got to stay in your playbook and know your role.”
• First-round pick Ryan Shazier (knee), held out of the first preseason game, and WR Justin Brown (thumb) did minimal work in practice Monday. WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (concussion) returned, but TE Matt Spaeth and S Mike Mitchell were out with what coach Mike Tomlin said were minor postgame “bumps and bruises.” TE Michael Palmer (ankle) didn't practice.
• Lawrence Timmons said he's not closely watching the Johnny Manziel-Brian Hoyer quarterback competition in Cleveland. “I'm trying to get focused on this (camp) right now,” he said. “When that (Sept. 7 opener) comes, that's when we'll be ready.”
• Tomlin expects to see separation players this week as the Steelers practice twice against the Bills before playing them Saturday night. “I think we've got a legitimate opportunity for guys to take a significant step between game 1 and game 2,” he said.
— Alan Robinson
Tuesday : 3 p.m.
Wednesday : 3 p.m., Joint practice with Buffalo Bills
Thursday : 5:30 p.m., Joint practice with Buffalo Bills
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Steelers notebook: Tomlin bringing officials to practice
- Steelers’ Tomlin does not like his coaching style to be characterized
- Steelers film session: Harrison on the field often
- Steelers are vowing to fix the costly penalties, lack of self-discipline
- Jaguars’ Bortles is mirror image of Steelers’ Roethlisberger
- Starkey: Slapstick Steelers deserved to lose
- NFL record little solace for Steelers WR Brown
- Steelers’ LeBeau faces another challenge
- Pouncey’s return solidifies offensive line, run game for Steelers
- Steelers secondary aims to improve execution in order to prevent future mistakes
- Steelers notebook: Harrison feeling down after loss in return