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« on: May 05, 2009 at 23:20 »

little tid-bit from the AFC North Blog on ESPN, They were at steeler's mini camp.

Steelers Day 3 minicamp notes

May 3, 2009 2:30 PM

Posted by's James Walker

PITTSBURGH-The defending champion Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up their mandatory minicamp with an extremely light morning session Sunday.

Here are some final thoughts and observations this weekend:

    * Steelers' starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger looks healthy and rested. He hasn't thrown prior to OTAs also provided an interesting nugget Sunday, saying he still hasn't watched the final game-winning drive in Super Bowl XLIII against the Arizona Cardinals. Why, you ask?

"Because I know what happened," said a smiling Roethlisberger.

    * If I had to pick one player I was most impressed with (outside of the obvious), I would have to say second-year receiver Limas Sweed. Everyone is aware of his struggles last season. But during this three-day camp, Sweed received a lot of reps and made a lot of plays. The 2008 second-round pick will be relied upon this season and it looks like he's making significant strides.

    * I received several questions in the AFC North inbox about the performance of the offensive line. And, frankly, I find it nearly impossible to evaluate the position during a non-contact minicamp. That's why there aren't many reports on the line this weekend. To say a player blocked well or didn't block well when contact is not allowed wouldn't be accurate enough for my liking.

    * The Steelers came out of this camp healthy. Players coming off offseason surgeries such as receiver Hines Ward (knee) and safety Ryan Clark (shoulder) did not participate, and the only new injury was an ankle sprain to backup tailback Mewelde Moore, who had his heel stepped on this weekend.

"It's nothing long term," Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Sunday. "He should be able to get back to work the latter part of next week and continue on with his off-season program."

    * There was no update Sunday on the Larry Foote situation. The inside linebacker did not attend this weekend's minicamp and is still on the roster. Tomlin wouldn't elaborate beyond his comments Friday on Foote's future with the team.

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Morning take: Beck to join Ravens

May 3, 2009 10:23 AM

Posted by's James Walker

Here are the most interesting stories Sunday in the AFC North:

    * Former Miami Dolphins quarterback John Beck is expected to sign a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens.

Morning take: This would reunite Beck with Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. It also makes for an interesting battle with Troy Smith for the No. 2 quarterback position.

    * The Cincinnati Bengals are still hoping to find their fullback for the 2009 season.

Morning take: Veteran Jeremi Johnson was solid when he was healthy and in shape. An influx of young talent at the position should keep him motivated to compete this year and possibly get back to his old form.

    * Here are some observations from the full-squad minicamp of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Morning take: This is the time of year when unknown players emerge, and there are some pleasant surprises from this weekend such as second-year quarterback Dennis Dixon.

    * Also, here are observations from the rookie minicamp of the Cleveland Browns.

Morning take: I'm hearing good things so far from new coach Eric Mangini's practices. I'm told it's very organized, which the team hopes can translate on the field.

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Steelers Day 2 minicamp notes

May 2, 2009 6:00 PM

Posted by's James Walker

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers continued their full-squad, mandatory minicamp Saturday to kick off the 2009 football season.

Here are some notes and observations from Day 2:

    * I'm pleasantly surprised with the way second-year quarterback Dennis Dixon is throwing the football this weekend. In the four practices the past two days, Dixon's ball has been a tight spiral more often than not and his accuracy has been solid. Saturday Dixon placed a ball over the middle through three defenders to hit receiver Brandon Williams in one of the best throws of minicamp thus far.

    * Linebacker Lawrence Timmons looks ready for a breakout year. He's always been one of the best athletes on the team. But in his third year it looks like he "gets it," in terms of his assignments and Pittsburgh's complicated defensive scheme. Timmons has looked fluid and confident all weekend. He also has little wasted motion when getting to his spots and chasing the ball carriers.

    * Veteran cornerback Keiwan Ratliff believes he can contribute in Pittsburgh this year. Ratliff was with the Indianapolis Colts last season and played a lot of Cover 2 defense, which is a strong point of Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. Ratliff says knowing the coverage scheme well will help the transition with his new team.

    * It what seems to be a daily occurrence at Steelers camp, the funny play for Saturday involved nose tackle Chris Hoke. At 6 feet, 2 inches tall, weighing 302 pounds, Hoke was caught covering speedy, 5-feet-7 scat back Stephan Logan in the flat. The quarterback read the play correctly and quickly threw the ball to Logan, who put a juke move on Hoke that nearly caused him to completely flip over himself. The team went nuts and even congratulated Hoke for selling out and trying to make the play, despite the obvious mismatch.

    * Receiver Dallas Baker once again flashed some potential Saturday. Baker made four quality catches in the second practice, many of them in traffic, to complete a good day of work. Baker has quietly made plays in camp for the Steelers the past few seasons. This year he is competing again for one of the final roster spots at receiver.

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Here's to hoping Sweed continues to step up! yeh

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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2009 at 05:06 »

Alot of good news in here:

Sweed stepping up is a great sign.
Not severe injuries reported.
Young QB in Dixon possibly coming into his own.
Timmons getting it.  This could be HUGE.......look what Harrison accomplished after making it through being cut by 2 teams then "getting it".  Granted there is a much different expectation level between round 1 and UDFA.
Baker looking good.  I personally would love for him to show solid ability.  WR crew of Hines, Holmes, Sweed, Baker, and Wallace (who gets on as 5WR and KR) would be a solid crew.

Is the season ready yet.....starting to go through withdraw

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