Aug. 2, A.M. practice report

With Ben Roethlisberger and Charlie Batch sitting out this morning's practice, the Pittsburgh Steelers got a good look at young quarterbacks Dennis Dixon and Mike Potts.

With Ben Roethlisberger and Charlie Batch sitting out this morning's practice, the Pittsburgh Steelers got a good look at young quarterbacks Dennis Dixon and Mike Potts.

It wasn't pretty.

Potts is easily the more accurate of the two, while Dixon, a fifth-round draft pick, is more athletic.

Of course being more accurate than Dixon isn't really saying much about Potts. Dixon is the Mitch Williams of QBs. He's not Tee Martin bad, but he doesn't throw a lot of balls on the money.

With that said, it was a good day to be a defensive back.

Anthony Madison picked off the opening pass of 7-on-7 drills off a tipped pass from Dixon and made a nifty little return on it.

Not to be outdone, rookie Travis Williams did the same thing two plays later on a Dixon pass.

Rookie safety Ryan Mundy, who I got a chance to watch closely, made a nice play on a pass over the middle intended for Jon Dekker, stepping up to pick off the Potts pass to end the morning session.

Mundy has ability. He's just thinking too much right now instead of reacting and therefore he's just a step slow getting to everything. You can see the frustration rise up in him after every play. He's reading the play correctly, but just a second too late.

That will be something that comes for the youngster.

The Steelers released placekicker Julian Rauch and re-signed offensive lineman Doug Legursky. Legursky was released at the end of OTAs, but is back now because the team has some injury issues on the offensive line.

It was a veteran's morning off, with pretty much both starting units taking a knee.

Rookie linebacker Mike Humpal was out with his hamstring injury and was joined by safety Anthony Smith (groin) and rookie tight end Dezmond Sherrod.

Dale Lolley appears courtesy of the Observer-Reporter.


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