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
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
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.
Wednesday night's practice
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