The Pittsburgh Steelers continued their padded practices and the hitting was hard and plenty… Let’s take a look at the news and notes from training camp day 5….
<> Head Coach Mike Tomlin spoke after practice…
Mike Tomlin: “Another good day today, a beautiful day. Beautiful day to get better. A little ebb and flow. Some positive things, some negative things from both sides, like it always is this time of year. The big thing for us is to keep as many of these guys healthy and working as we can. I think that the more we get an opportunity to snap it, we are going to grow individually and collectively. I like where those guys are from that standpoint. No injuries, really, to speak of. A couple of guys that missed today: [BJ] Finney should practice tomorrow.Cortez Allen should practice tomorrow. I will probably continue to watch Mike Mitchell for a day or two. All of the other guys, the PUP List guys, are status quo. Good work from Maurkice Pouncey today with his rehab staff. He’s probably the closest of that group.”
<> LB James Harrison, TE Matt Spaeth, FS Mike Mitchell, S Will Allen, C B.J. Finney and CB Cortez Allen all missed practice Thursday ,because of a coaching decision or minor injuries.
<> Several reports say that rookie linebacker Anthony Chickillo has impressed in camp and that continued Thursday.
<> The Steelers once again used referees to help officiate practice Thursday.
<> The Steelers are thin at the back up quarterback position. With second string QB Bruce Gradkowski out and on the PUP list, there doesn’t seem to be anyone able to clearly step up and fill his spot.
<> Coach Tomlin also had some good things to say about LT Kelvin Beachum…
Mike Tomlin: ” He (Kelvin Beachum) just has a professional, business-like approach to everything that he does. He’s got some distinguishing characteristics about him in terms of how he approaches his business that are pretty good windows into his ability to do what you see him do. He’s a special guy, a hardworking guy.”
Kelvin Beachum and the Steelers are in preliminary contract talks and Tomlin’s words may tell us that a new contract may not be far off.
Tweets of the Day..
DeAngelo Williams looks quick as well. Hit a hold on a quick-hitter and picked up some impressive yards.
Chickillo was the one who stood out today. Looks fast. Can’t wait to see him in game situations.
Heath is old, but he can sure get open
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James C Wexell
@jimwexell I asked Tomlin for his take on Chickillo today, fully expecting nothing on a rookie, but Tomlin said “Good work.” # Steelers. #Steelers players took a stand against NFL commissioner’s dominion long before Brady rift http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2015/07/29/Brady-blasts-NFL-Deflategate-suspension-denies-wrongdoing-new-england-patriots/stories/201507290155 … via @pittsburghpg