One of the best drills at training camp is the physical nine-on-seven drills designed for the running game. The nine are on defense. The hitting -- in complete pads for the first time -- was crisp. Some of the highlights: Kendall Simmons pulling to the weakside and obliterating rookie linebacker James Harrison; Alan Faneca rocked Kendrell Bell on one play and Bell rocked him back on the next; Larry Foote gave Fu a blast, drawing praise from all around. On the final play of the session, Fu fumbled. Said Coach Bill Cowher: "Get some water. Fu, get some glue."
The squad splintered into a seven-on-seven passing drill and one-on-one line drills. TheInsiders opted, once again, for the line drills.
The session was highlighted by Bell's first appearance as a DE and he was flat stoned by Mathias Nkwenti, who has had in the past problems with very wide speed rushers. The bad news is that Bell was blocked well on his next try by rookie free agent Jermese Jones; the good news is that Nkwenti had earlier stoned rookie free agent Bary Holleyman and did a very good job on Kimo von Oelhoffen. Nkwenti, the second-year backup tackle out of Temple, was beaten by Joey Porter, but signs are that Nkwenti is making great progress.
Other noteworthy one-on-ones were Kimo and Keydrick Vincent beating each other on back-to-back plays; Chris Combs doing a very good job on Vincent and a rookie; Casey Hampton showing quick feet despite carrying a lot of weight; and Chukky Okobi rebounding from the previous day to halt Hampton. Simmons did well and again made plenty of noise doing it. He's pretty cool to watch. In the seven-on-seven, Antwaan Randle El again made the catch of the day, pinning a pass against his helmet and darting between two defenders to break free. The guy has superstar written all over him.
Team Scrimmage: Charlie Batch made the pass of the day. He evaded a heavy rush, threw off his back foot and hit rookie Lee Mays with a laser. Mays beat Deshea Townsend for six.