The biggest thing is that it seems like the players get awfully bored with doing the same things over and over as much as we in the media do watching them.
Friday morning's practice was a lackluster effort and I'd expect
head coach Bill Cowher to realize this for the afternoon session
and turn up the heat.
Ike Taylor, as he's done throughout camp, flashes skills on one
play and is then beaten on the next.
He broke up a pass in the end zone intended for Antwaan
Randle El, batting the ball into the air. Dedrick Roper should
have had an easy interception on the play, but as I first noticed
Thursday, he doesn't appear to be able to catch. He confirmed
this by dropping this gimme.
On the next play, Taylor was turned inside out by cagey veteran
Chris Doering, who slipped behind him into the corner of the end
zone. It would have been a TD had Charlie Batch not overthrown
Batch is not having a great camp. A lot of his passes seem to be
coming out nose down - ala Kordell Stewart - but my bet is he
makes this team because Cowher won't want to go into the
season with no proven backup.
James Farrior made an excellent play on a pass intended for
Bobby Blizzard from Ben Roethlisberger, diving to knock the
pass away on the tight end drag.
Deshea Townsend appeared to have a clean interception on a
Tommy Maddox pass intended for Hines Ward, but was flagged
for interference on the play.
There are now officials in camp and we'll learn this afternoon
more about how the rules will be enforced.
Friday morning's practice
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