Here are some notes on Mike Tomlin’s weekly press conference.
When asked if Batch would play on Sunday, Mike Tomlin says he expects to play Dennis Dixon full-time, without using Batch as a change of pace.
Dixon will sit down with Bruce Arians as far as what plays he likes, which ones he feels comfortable with and which ones he feels uncomfortable with. That’s no different than what Ben Roethlisberger would do if he was starting this week.
Dixon is the starter for now. If he plays well, he may keep the job until Roethlisberger returns, if he doesn’t Charlie Batch and/or a healing Byron Leftwich are waiting for a shot. Mike Tomlin made it clear that if Dixon plays well, Leftwich’s status as the preseason starter may not mean much.
Dixon will have the same sized playbook as they would normally have. They aren’t reducing it because of Dixon’s lack of experience.
He did say that Dixon understands the offense more, the play calls and the line protections and the other little things that makes a quarterback a veteran.
Rashard Mendenhall will play some on third downs, but Mewelde Moore and even Isaac Redman may play on third downs as well.
Redman will be the short-yardage back.
Bryant McFadden is healthy and will start.
Part of Stefan Logan’s problem was not only getting him on the 53-man roster, but the difficulty in getting him on the active gameday roster.
Sanders and Brown will likely be battling for one gameday spot. The same story is true with Thaddeus Gibson vs. Jason Worldis and maybe even Stevenson Sylvester.
Antwaan Randle-El will be the emergency quarterback with some snaps in practice this week. He’s also the emergency punt returner and the emergency holder.
Jeff Reed will handle kickoffs. He beat out Daniel Sepulveda for the job.
Maurkice Pouncey doesn’t play like a rookie, so they aren’t worried about confusion as far as line calls.