After giving the Pittsburgh Steelers a morning off Saturday in addition to their scheduled morning without practice Sunday, Tomlin cut Monday morning's practice about 15 minutes short. It wasn't a planned thing since even the video guys up in the towers didn't know practice was over until the players began walking off the field. Only then did the video guys begin their descents.
The second team outside linebackers were Arnold Harrison on the left and Rian Wallace on the right. I don't think Wallace is physical enough out there - or anywhere on this team - to play that spot. On one play I watched wide receiver Eric Fowler drive Wallace 15 yards off the line of scrimmage on a running play. That's not a good sign for Wallace - or it may be a great one for Fowler.
Willie Reid looked good again catching the ball today. He should be a factor for this team this season. One catch in particular - a diving reception along the sidelines in which he kept his feet inbounds – caught my eye.
The Steelers released wide receiver Chris Jackson – a Milsaps product – and re-signed Gerran Walker, who had been working with them in the offseason before getting released July 19. Apparently, with Santonio Holmes back, the Steelers felt they didn't need another return man such as Jackson.
Walter Young caught my eye today when the team was working on its red zone offense. The 6-4 Young snatched a couple of Charlie Batch passes out of the air for touchdowns and looked good doing so. Maybe he could be like Cris Carter – you know, all he does is catch touchdown passes.
Brett Keisel made a couple of nice plays during the latter part of practice. First, he batted down a Ben Roethlisberger pass at the line in red zone, then, dropping into coverage, he picked off a Bryan Randall pass in 11-on-11. The interception likely would have gone for a long touchdown.
First-year linebacker Richard Koonce also made a nice interception that would have gone for a score, jumping a Charlie Batch pass in the flats. Koonce is showing something.
Dale Lolley appears courtesy of the Observer-Reporter.