Thursday afternoon's practice

<b>LATROBE -</b> Thursday afternoon's practice ended with the first two-minute drill of training camp. <br><br> And like it did in Wednesday night's goal line drill, the defense stoned the first-team offense.

Ainsley Battles, playing in place of injured Chris Hope (shoulder) and Mike Logan (knee) picked off a Tommy Maddox pass on the second play. The pass was intended for Plaxico Burress.

Maddox was nearly picked by Chad Scott while trying to throw the ball away on first down.

And head coach Bill Cowher exploded on the ball boys keeping holding the down and distance markers after they moved the markers after first down.

The second team didn't have the same problems as the first, as Charlie Batch hooked up with Zamir Cobb a couple of times to move the offense into field goal range.

In the one-on-one blocking drills, Oliver Ross was being beaten by nearly everyone lining up against him - save Nathaniel Adibi. Brett Keisel hit Ross with a spin move to the inside that really left the tackle looking silly.

But Max Starks, who stoned Aaron Smith on one play, came back and was badly beaten to the inside by Adibi, so go figure. Dedrick Roper also beat Starks badly.

I hate to say it, but Todd Fordham was probably the best of the bunch at RT. Fordham has looked pretty good and really nailed Smith to the ground on one play.

Antwaan Randle El had the catch of the day in the one-on-one passing drills, leaping into the air to catch a pass from Brian St. Pierre over Ricardo Colclough.

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