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Is it possible that Antonio Brown has gotten quicker since last season? Read Jim Wexell's notebook for the answer.

LATROBE – Antonio Brown flashed his quickness last camp, won a job and helped the Steelers win some big games.

This year he's been even better. In fact, he's been a blur.

Is it possible that Brown has actually gotten quicker?

"A little bit," he said with a smile. "You know, I've been working out, putting on a little speed and pounds. I'm definitely a little quicker and faster."

It shows. In fact, one reporter asked coach Mike Tomlin point blank at his morning press conference if he will start Brown over 35-year-old Hines Ward.

"In August football? Certainly," Tomlin said with a chuckle. "But we're so early in this process, man, that wouldn't be smart to make those kinds of assessments, and I won't."

It's a question that most simply laughed off, but Brown legitimized it again yesterday afternoon at practice. He repeatedly looks like the most electrifying player on the field.

"Well, you know I've been capable of it physically," Brown said. "I've just got to put my game together mentally and knowing what I've got to do. I don't think it's a question about my physical assets, my skills."

Brown struggled with the mental aspects of the game last season, often infuriating offensive coordinator Bruce Arians on the practice field. Arians was asked about Brown's development in that area.

"Well, he's a young player," Arians started, "and when you ask guys to expand to multiple positions you'd better have a good knowledge of what you're doing and know all the concepts. Last year he knew what he was doing on only one or two plays, and he's making really, really nice progress. I'm real proud of him because he's had to play a couple different positions with Emmanuel [Sanders] hurt."

Does Arians feel the electricity that Brown's been generating?

"I do," Arians said. "He plays hard and he plays fast all the time. He's in great shape, just great shape. I'm excited about him."


Jonathan Scott received love from the organization this offseason in the form of a two-year contract and the starting left tackle job. But Chris Scott – no relation – might be joining him on the line.

With Ramon Foster back from a head injury, Chris Scott held serve as the starting right guard Wednesday, and it's likely that he'll start there Friday night in the preseason opener in Washington.

"Chris has earned the opportunity to start so far," said Arians. "He's another guy who came back in great shape, a big, physical guy who knows what he's doing. I've been really pleased with him. He showed some signs last year that he was going to be capable. He's obviously put some work in."

Scott was one of the team's fifth-round draft choices last season, but missed camp with an injury. In spite of that, the Steelers kept him on the roster once he was eligible to come off the PUP list in the middle of the season. Their patience appears to be paying off.


The news of the day was the injury suffered by rookie running back Baron Batch near the end of practice. Most are fearing the worst, that the seventh-round pick and camp surprise will go on IR and miss the remainder of the season. However, the Steelers haven't released any information out of their training room.

Mike Wallace said he'll return for Thursday morning's walk-through. Earlier in the day, Tomlin ruled out the following for Friday night's game: Eugene Bright, Mario Harvey, Chris Kemoeatu, Emmanuel Sanders, Cortez Allen, Bryant McFadden.


After being turned down twice in their search for a veteran receiver, the Steelers signed Kenneth Moore on Wednesday and released Adam Mims. Both are return men, although Moore fumbled two returns in his last game for the Indianapolis Colts last season.

Moore (5-11, 195) caught an ACC record 98 passes for Wake Forest in 2007. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2008 draft by the Detroit Lions, but was released and signed with the Carolina Panthers. He stayed there two years and played in 12 games with one start and he caught 6 passes for 59 yards. He played in two games for the Colts last season and didn't catch a pass.

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