Wednesday Morning Practice Report

LATROBE -- We'll break all of this stuff down tonight, so let's just take this in chronological order:

Group drills -- The offensive line received our attention today as we eavesdropped on line coach Russ Grimm guiding his unit in a walk-through. The second-team line consists, from left to right, of Barrett Brooks, Chris Kemoeatu, Chukky Okobi, Jim Jones and Josh Burr. Kemoeatu seems to be a slow learner. He drew Russ's attention, and after an explanation Russ asked if he understood and the sixth-round rookie guard didn't respond, except for a blank stare. He's a project. Just for your info, the third team consists, from l to r, of Morgan Davis, Ben Claxton, Joe Iorio, Jake Verstraete and Trai Essex.

Special teams -- The punt returners, in order, are Antwaan Randle El, Ced Wilson and Zamir Cobb. The fullback on the punt team was Sean Morey, and Chidi Iwuoma was the first gunner in the one-gunner formation. As for Morey, that's just another position for a guy who knows the golden camp rule of "The More You Can Do." You may remember him working as a placement holder at mini-camp. The second gunner, by the way, was rookie WR Nate Washington, who made a great deep catch Tuesday afternoon, and the third gunner was rookie CB Bryant McFadden.

Seven on Seven -- The first play was a pass in the flat from Ben Roethlisbeger to Wilson, or, I should say, Willie Williams. The ball bounced off Wilson's hands and into Williams's for an easy touchdown; Ike Taylor, after a bad first practice, went way up Wednesday morning for a great interception of Tommy Maddox; Washington beat Taylor the next play for 15 yards; James Harrison dropped into zone coverage in front of Randle El and dropped an interception from Roethlisberger; Walter Young made a great diving catch for Roethlisberger and then caught a pass from Maddox on the next play; Cobb went up over the middle to snare a Brian St. Pierre pass; big tight end Matt Kranchick made his second catch of the session; Williams went way up in front of Fred Gibson for an interception of Charlie Batch to end the session.

Team scrimmage -- Kranchick caught the first pass of the session from Roethlisberger for a 20-yard gain; Noah Herron blew through a hole on the left side and I thought he was Willie Parker, to my embarrassment (he just looked fast in the non-contact drill); the 6-4 Young sky-ed to catch a Maddox pass; Cobb beat Janssen Patten by five yards to catch a Batch deep ball; the muscled-up Jerame Tuman caught a 20-yard pass from a scrambling Roethlisberger; Young again goes way up for a catch, and on the next play beats Taylor for 15 yards; the final play of the session was a -- for lack of a better term -- misdirection sideline pass to Marco Battaglia. In all, it was a big day for the tight ends and Walter Young.

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