OTA Week Two Recap

The second week of organized team activities are now in the books for the Pittsburgh Steelers. In the second week of practice, we did get some news from about everywhere on the football team. As coach Tomlin calls it, football in shorts, so there is no one really popping out as of yet. That will come when the pads are put on. However, there is some news to pass on and below you will see what took place this week.

Attendance: For the second straight week attendance has been pretty good, but the squad was missing a few more players than they were in week one. Safety Troy Polamalu was not there all week, while free safety Ryan Clark was there just one day (Wednesday). Cornerback Ike Taylor missed a day this week. He said he had some business to take care of down in Orlando. It was confirmed today that wide receiver Markus Wheaton will not be available for the Steelers until training camp because he has not graduated from Oregon State yet.

Injury Report: Cornerback Justin King was sidelined with a hamstring injury. Heath Miller was seen running a 100-yard sprint during practice by the whole team today as they just smiled. Inside linebacker Sean Spence talked to the media on Wednesday saying he can run, and he plans to play in 2013.

Offensive: Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley, talked about the “Evolution” of the offense. Second year offensive lineman David DeCastro is already familiar with the zone blocking scheme that new offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. is bringing in.

Defense: Steelers N Stuff had the chance to talk to 7th round rookie Nick Williams over the week, and you can read our interview In Part 1 and Part 2. Rookie outside linebacker Jarvis Jones took reps with the first team. The Steelers defense have been working on attacking the ball early in OTA’s. Defensive coordinator Dick Lebeau told cornerback Ike Taylor to trust your abilities. Defensive end Brett Keisel said on DVE radio that he feels a 7th Lombardi trophy is in reach.

Special Teams: After several years of below average punting, the Steelers’ punters must improve.

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