A team that had been very loose and having a lot of fun the first week back, didn't seem all that interested in practicing today. It was probably a little hangover from the long holiday weekend.
The lone time somebody showed some real fire was when safety Anthony Smith jumped a sideline pass from Charlie Batch during a two-minute drill, intercepting it. Smith, of course, couldn't just pick the pass off, he ran about 10 yards with the ball and then fired it at the fence surrounding the field.
Just when you though the kid might be learning a little something, he goes and does something totally stupid like that.
Why is it stupid?
Much like Joey Porter doing a foot-stomp in training camp and injuring his knee after beating a fourth-string tackle for a sack, Smith firing a ball as hard as he can after picking off a pass in practice is totally meaningless.
The only thing that can happen is an injury.
The coaching staff knows you picked off the pass Anthony. You don't need any of the extracurricular stuff.
I can guarantee that Dick LeBeau never did anything like that after any of his more than 60 career meaningful interceptions.
• Marvel Smith was still a no-show as he is still at home helping his wife with the birth of their first child. Max Starks continues to hold down the left tackle spot with Smith out, with Willie Colon at right tackle.
The coaching staff seems to really like Stapleton and the fact they feel comfortable enough to line the youngster up at guard as well as his regular center position speaks volumes about that.
• Because the Steelers were short at safety last season, Grant Mason spent much of his time there last season.
Mason has OK speed and he's a willing hitter. If he can prove he can handle both positions and shine on special teams, he could make this team.
• Wide receiver Kevin Marion was only signed by the Steelers after Dorian Bryant failed his physical with the team, but the little man from Wake Forest doesn't look bad out there.
The 5-10, 168-pound speedster catches everything thrown his way and hasn't looked like a guy who is technically the last player on the roster.
Just goes to show you that all some guys need is a chance.
Dale Lolley appears courtesy of the Observer-Reporter.