Friday morning's practice

<b>LATROBE -</b> As we conclude our first week of practice here at St. Vincent College, we're beginning to learn some things about this roster.

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 him.

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.

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