LATROBE -- The way the defense dominated the offense in both the red-zone and short-yardage drills, few would've predicted the overwhelming success the offense enjoyed in the goal-line drill.
That may have put the defense back on its heels -- except for the "Law Dawg." Lawrence Timmons came whistling though the hole to blow up Cameron Stingily on the third snap, but the Steelers scored on the final three snaps: Stingily ran off left tackle; Jawon Chisholm cut up into the middle after flowing right; and Stingily scored again behind a pulling David DeCastro.
"Liked the energy and enthusiasm on both sides. A little ebb and flow," said Mike Tomlin. "I thought the defense performed well at the beginning of short-yardage. I thought the offense dominated the goal line."
TOMLIN ON BOYKIN
The Steelers' coach was asked if the organization liked Boykin coming out of Georgia and how he'll fit in with the team.
"Yeah we liked Boykin coming out, not only as a corner but as a return man," Tomlin said of the 2012 draft. "He's a heck of a guy. He's a football guy. He's a guy that makes plays above the neck. He's also got some physical talent. He's just another NFL capable veteran corner to put in the mix of a very competitive situation. We don't have a lot of experience. There are some questions at the position. We don't mind the lack of experience and the questions, but we've got to have enough viable candidates. And with Senquez (Golson) being out, we thought it was important to acquire another viable option to put in the mix and let those guys sort themselves out over the course of the preseason."
The Steelers traded a conditional 2016 pick to the Philadelphia Eagles that will be a fourth-rounder if Boykin plays 60 percent of the Steelers' defensive snaps, otherwise the pick is a fifth-rounder if he plays fewer.
Tomlin was asked if the trade for Boykin was a reflection of Golson's injury status. Tomlin repeated that he had no update, and when asked how the missed time will affect Golson's development as a rookie Tomlin said, "It depends on the guy. Obviously as a young guy we don't know that much about him, so that's an element of it."
Golson is on the PUP list with a shoulder injury. Also missing Sunday's practice were Josh Harris (shoulder), Shamarko Thomas (shoulder), Ryan Shazier (sore back), Mike Mitchell (hamstring), Ross Ventrone (ankle), Markus Wheaton (hamstring), Martavis Bryant (elbow infection), Heath Miller, James Harrison, and DeAngelo Williams. Cameron Heyward only worked individual drills.
To make room for Boykin on the roster, the Steelers waived tight end Michael Egnew. They also signed Chisholm to replace Ross Scheuerman, who was waived/injured (Achilles). Chisholm, out of the University of Akron, tried out for the Steelers at rookie minicamp.
* Eli Rogers ran a quick out to catch Roethlisberger's first pass in "Seven Shots," the two-point conversion drill.
* Dri Archer ripped off a 19-yard run to the one during red-zone work.
* Devin Gardner, called "Big Blue" by Tomlin, took a pass over the middle and cut up past rookie CB Jordan Sullen for a touchdown. Two plays later, Gardner caught a similar pass over the middle, turned up and was rocked by Timmons.
* Boykin worked with the third-team defensive backs. On one of the few passes thrown his way, he was bodied by 6-3 rookie WR Shakim Phillips for a catch at the one.