Aug. 11, P.M. Practice Report

Santonio Holmes and Hines Ward were doing their best rain dances Monday afternoon.

Santonio Holmes and Hines Ward were doing their best rain dances Monday afternoon.

And while they did bring some rain, it wasn't enough to cancel the Pittsburgh Steelers' second practice of the day, just make it miserable in the colder than normal weather.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had Charlie Batch's No. 16 taped on the side of his helmet as a tribute to the injured backup.

Linebacker James Harrison, cornerback Deshea Townsend, linebacker Mike Humpal, defensive end Kyle Clement and safety Ryan Mundy missed both practices today. Mundy continues to wear a walking boot on his injured left shin, which is somewhat troubling for the sixth-round draft pick.

I tried to focus on linebacker Keyaron Fox a little more today and came away impressed with the veteran free agent pickup.

Fox kind of flew under the radar as a signing, but the former Kansas City Chiefs backup has some game, particularly in coverage.

Watching him in the linebacker versus running back/tight end passing drill, I loved how quickly Fox was able to turn and run in coverage.

He didn't always make the play, but as much as the backs on backers drill is slanted toward the defense, this drill is slanted toward the offense.

The backs and tight ends drill gives the offense the entire field to work with in one-on-one coverage. Once they get off the jam, it's almost always a win for the offensive player.

Mewelde Moore is very good at the drill. He does a goob job of creating contact with the defensive player to create seperation before changing directions.

It's akin to a basketball player using his shoulder to bump off a defender on a turnaround jumper. Is it legal? No. Does it often get called? Nope.

LaMarr Woodley made a nice play on a ball from Ben Roethlisberger, batting the pass over the middle away from tight end Heath Miller. But the ball was slightly behind Miller.

Running back Justin Vincent looks very good in space. He got deep on James Farrior – perhaps the team's best cover linebacker – and had Farrior complaining that is he had to go any harder, he was going to blow out his hamstring.

Dale Lolley appears courtesy of the Observer-Reporter.


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