Practice report, Aug. 15

LATROBE -- It must have been blackjack day here at Saint Vincent College Tuesday because it seemed like everybody was intent on getting 21.

On the day the Tribune-Review ran a blowout on cornerback Ricardo Colclough talking about his great camp and how his position coach believes he'll press Ike Taylor for the starting job, Colclough spent the day looking at the behinds of more guys than the cast of Queer as Folk.

Not that there's anything wrong with that, but for a cornerback to allow that many receivers to get behind him is just not a good thing.

It began with Quincy Morgan. He started the feeding frenzy by beating Colclough down the sideline for a catch from Charlie Batch.

Then, rookie Willie Reid beat Colclough down the middle with a double move, accentuated by a pump fake by Batch. Reid was a good 10 yards behind Colclough when he caught the ball and ran untouched to the end zone.

Morgan again got Colclough later in team scrimmage, again beating him along the sideline for a catch from Batch.

And so it went for much of the day until Colclough finally gothimself matched up against Marvin Allen, the rookie out of England. No, not New England; Allen is the NFL Europe receiver from England. And even he got behind Colclough, but only bya step. Omar Jacobs was unable to lay the ball out deep enough and Colclough made a juggling interception.

Aside from Allen, everybody hit blackjack.

Linebacker Clark Haggans missed practice today for personal reasons, but Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher said he'll return Wednesday.

Morgan had a fine practice, making several receptions, some of which didn't even come against Colclough. Maybe Morgan is starting to look at the situation here and realizes he's running behind Nate Washington on the depth chart, which could mean he'll be the odd man out.

Kendall Simmons saw some more snaps at center with the first-team line, with Chris Kemoeatu moving into the right guard spot. Kemoeatu, by the way,looked very, very strong today and was blowing guys off the line of scrimmage in team and two-minute drills.

Joey Porter announced his return to full practice by making a leaping interception along the sideline of a Batch pass intended for Willie Parker. Porter was running with Parker on the play and appears to be near full strength after offseason knee surgery.

Chukky Okobi, Hines Ward and Jerame Tuman were the only other players to miss practice, though Cowher said rookie wideout Issac West reinjured a knee bruise that had kept him out of practice last week. Take your time getting healed, kid. Your fate is sealed.

The more I watch outside linebacker Andre Frazier, the more I am reminded of former Steelers' linebacker Jerrol Williams. Like Frazier, Williams was alanky, tall pass player who could get to the quarterback.

(Dale Lolley appears Courtesy of the Observer-Reporter.)


Steel City Insider Top Stories