Wednesday night's practice

<b>LATROBE -</b> Fans got their first look at Ben Roethlisberger in a Steelers jersey Wednesday night at Latrobe Memorial Stadium and probably left a little disappointed.

The Steelers' No. 1 pick struggled a little throwing the ball and threw his first pick, one that Chidi Iwuoma returned for a touchdown after stepping in front of Plaxico Burress who was running a 10-yard out.

But Roethlisberger did show some good speed getting outside of the pocket on speedy outside linebacker Nick McNeil and beating him to the corner on a scramble.

The goal-line drill was again the Chris Hope show as Hope made three of the four tackles in the first team action, including smacking Jerome Bettis two yards behind on the line of scrimmage on fourth down.

Hope, who also made a great interception in the morning practice, has been all over the field in this camp. He still makes some mistakes out there, but he's making them very aggressively.

Ike Taylor has struggled in coverage a bit. After being beaten twice Tuesday, he was torched by Burress and Tommy Maddox for a long touchdown pass in one-on-one coverage. Granted Ike didn't get any help over the top, but he also let Burress get inside of him and then ran stride for stride with him while Maddox threw the ball to the inside.

Rookie running back Willie Parker - sounds like a famous blues guitarist's name, doesn't it? - is easily the fastest running back in camp and has shown good hands. He's this year's Dante Brown. Word is, however, the North Carolina coaches wouldn't give him the ball consistently because he has fumble problems. Haven't seen that yet here.

Backup fullback J.T. Wall has also shown good hands out of the backfield. I'm starting to think he may make this team as a special teams player and extra blocker because the tight ends are horrible.

Safety Mike Logan missed the night practice because of a fluid buildup on his right knee. Doctors will check him out Thursday.

Kendrick Clancy, meanwhile, will be out four weeks with a partially torn calf muscle.

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