July 30, A.M. Practice Report

No special teams practice this morning – OK, there was one session – no, this morning was all about being physical.

No special teams practice this morning – OK, there was one session – no, this morning was all about being physical.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were in pads and doing plenty of hitting Wednesday morning as they opened their third day of training camp.

Linebacker James Farrior took the morning off, giving Lawrence Timmons a chance to work with the first team base defense. Farrior doesn't appear to be anything serious.

Larry Foote slid over the Farrior's spot next to Timmons and we may have gotten a glimpse of the future if Farrior doesn't re-sign with the team next season.

With the team practicing a lot of inside runs, Timmons got the opportunity to show his wares sticking his nose in the middle and he really looked good flowing to the ball. He also showed that he's willing to jump into the hole and take on blockers.

Timmons looks so much more comfortable this year than he was last season.

New punter Paul Ernster got some work in the lone special teams session and was less than impressive. His ball doesn't turn over and he was a little inconsistent.

Interestingly, Daniel Sepulveda was at practice this morning and was actually goofing around a bit. He didn't look like a guy headed for surgery on a torn ACL as he said Tuesday.

Maybe the team is waiting for a second opinion. We'll see later.

Even without Casey Hampton in the middle, the defense – particularly the first unit – dominated in the inside running plays. It didn't look to be any one offensive lineman getting blown up. In fact, every play looked like a rugby scrum, only behind the offensive line of scrimmage.

Either the defense is really good – which is a possibility – or the line isn't getting done – also a distinct possibiity.

Rookie wide receiver Limas Sweed wasn't nearly as impressive this morning as he was Tuesday afternoon.

In the first session of team drills, he went down low to catch a pass from Charlie Batch, but dropped it. The next play, Batch went back to him again, but Sweed dropped a ball right in his hands on a square out.

That's the problem with rookies, they often struggle to find that consistency. Sweed still has some work to do, even if he is capable of making some great plays.

Gerran Warren had a nice morning practice. The kid just seems to catch everything, but at 5-10, 185, he lacks size. This is Warren's second camp with the team and it doesn't look like there's a lot of opportunity for him to make this club. But you never know.

He made a beautiful grab to end practice, going over the middle and hauling in a pass that was well behind him without slowing down. Of course he also knew he wasn't going to be hit, so maybe that had something to do with it as well.

In addition to Farrior, cornerback Bryant McFadden (groin) and safety Anthony Smith (groin) also did not practice Wednesday morning. McFadden was doing some running and looks closer to returning than Smith.

Offensive lineman Jeremy Parquet, who left Wednesday afternoon's practice early, was back on the field.

Guard Chris Kemoeatu, who is on the PUP with a biceps strain, was riding a stationary bike throughout practice.

Dale Lolley appears courtesy of the Observer-Reporter.


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