I arrived at St. Vincents right around 3pm, so I missed the guys
coming out on the field. I sat on the hill side of things on the
50 yard line. I didn't get a very good view of the Defense
going through warmups, but I was mainly interested in the
I also took some pictures and videos, which I'll post links to below.
Roethlisberger has a gun and he throws the ball w/what looks
like no effort. When throwing the ball with velocity, you'd
hear the pop of it hitting the reciever's hands. (He even
made one of the coaches yell "Ouch"—video below.)
One of the most impressives throws of the day was made by
Big Ben. The throw itself looked so effortless, like tossing
the ball casually w/your buddies, but it travelled 45-50 yards
in the air, had a nice 40-50 feet of air and landed in the
recievers hands at a full sprint. I think it was either Milons
or Mays that caught the ball, but it dropped down in their hands
in perfect stride.
Roethlisberger was splitting time w/the 1st and 3rd teams.
Maddox & Roethlisberger were easily the best QBs on the field.
Batch was either on or off. He be right on target with a perfect
throw and the next throw would be 5 yards too short. He seem to be
throwing off balance a lot—which would explain the erratic throws.
Maddox balls seemed to be really floating, no more than probably in
game time, but you could tell a huge difference between Roethlisberger's throws.
Roethlisberger looked pretty damn accurate to me. The only ball I saw
that was way overthrown, was on a bomb to Burress in which the D got
called for holding/interference. The couple of other passes that went
high were to the shorter recievers and even then they got hands on
them. I expected some erratic throwing because it's only his second
day (outside of mini camp) throwing to these guys.
Roethlisberger really able to deliver a bullet with very little motion.
A saw at least one pass he riffled in w/almost no throwing motion
(he had a corner blitzer coming up on his backside.) He hit the
reciever, but they dropped the ball (the reciever did have a db blanket
on his back and the ball was a little low—around the waste—but it was catchable.)
Antwaan Randel El had a great catch down the sideline over Colclough.
Colclough had him blanketed, but Randel El just timed his jumped
perfectly and snagged it from him. This was probably a 40 yard pass
and had nice air underneath it.
Riemersma (sp) seemed to be playing w/the second team Offense. He did
not seem to be getting seperation. He made a few catches, but the
balls he caught would not have been completions at gametime.
Kranchick seemed to be our best recieving TE. He was getting the
majority of the reps at TE. He and Cushing seemed to be splitting reps
with the 1st team. Kranchick looks to have really good hands and gets
seperation from the LBs. He was getting the majority of reps during
practice, and you saw him getting fatigued towards the end of practice.
Our TE's cannot block. Cushing was by far the best blocking TE on the
field—and that's not saying much. Cushing can hold up the guy he's
blocking, but he's not big enough to drive the guy off him. Kranchick
gets run over—he's just too tall and gets no leverage.
Our OL was getting destroyed by the defense on one-on-one drills. I
didn't have the best view of the OL one-on-one drills, but the people
sitting behind me had binoculars and were reporting what was happening.
Max Starks is surprising nimble for his size. He moves well on the run
while pulling. The bad news is, he's having trouble getting leverage.
I thought he foot work looked fine, but he needs to learn to move his
body w/leverage. He was too upright and the DL was pushing right through him.
They're going to have a hard time cutting Zamir Cobb. If we didn't
already have ARE, he would definitely make the team. He did an excellent
job on Punt returns during practice. As a reciever he always managed to
get open, he cuts on a dime. I also didn't see him drop any catchable
balls. He looked like a cross between ARE (in his cutting and quickness)
and Ward (with his hands, precise route running and ability to get open.)
Cobb got lots of reps.
Whittaker is huge. He seemed to have pretty good hands, but didn't
get many balls thrown his way. I'm was mainly watching the QBs, so I'm
not sure how his route running was.
Our first team OL held up ok, but the 2nd & 3rd OL was getting trambled.
Adibi was hands down the best LOLB I saw yesterday. I would not be
surprised if he is w/the first team during some preseason games. He did
not look like he was having a problem making the transaction from DE to
OLB. He had a tip at the line, would have had a sack or two and did well
in coverage. Haggans better get his ass on the field or he could lose
Zo Jackson didn't get much playing time. He seemed to be a good presence
to the other players. He was constantly cheering his follow teammates on.
Reed's leg looks strong. When they were doing their special team drills
and he was kicking FGs, he was constantly well above the goal posts and
hit the camera crane on the first three attempts (and even landed one on
the platform.) I could judge accuracy, because I was sitting at a bad
angle (and the balls were so high,) but the camera crane looked to be in
the middle of the posts—so I'd assume the first three split the uprights.
Duce is going to eat up the LBs in the AFCN. He was running excellent routes
and is going to catch a lot of balls this year.
Colclough put the wood on Brown (or maybe Hayes) on one play. Colclough held
back, but when he hit him it stop in place and drew a huge "Oooh.." from
Eric Taylor looked real good as well. I suspect to see him getting some real
playing time this year (if yesterday's practice was any indication.)
I thought the practice looked a little sluggish, but this was the first
training camp I've been to. However, I was listening to Savaran on 970AM
on the way back and Bob LaBriole called in and said basically the same
thing. He basically commented that this is the time when the two-a-days
start to catch up on them and that you could tell they had a full scrimage
The DL was beating up on the OL. Many of the pass completion during the
drills would have never have left the QBs hands if we were playing for
real. LeBeau had them blitzing a lot—sending the CBs in etc.
Here are the videos and pictures I took. Beware, the videos are large.
Don't expect great videography. I was using my digital camera and the zoom
is pretty crappy. I was also not watching what I was taping, so its a little
shakey at times—though it's still very watchable. If you download all the
videos, it'll take up a 120MBs, so make sure you're on a fast connection.