First, thanks for continuing to patronize SL. Second, thanks to Gretz for carrying the load to start the 2013 season. Third, I was at Steelers training camp last Wednesday for CBSSports.com and here are some of the hundreds of photos I took. (You can read my camp report here.)
(I had hoped to catch up with Gretz, who still calls Western Pennsylvania home, but in my inifite wisdom, I decided it made sense to drive from upstate New York to Latrobe and back — in one day. Which meant I started out just before 5 AM, got to camp at 11:30 AM, talked to some folks and watched practice, and got back on the road for home at 7PM, where I arrived just after 1AM Thursday. Brilliant, I know.)
A couple notes:
* Jarvis Jones is much bigger in person than I expected. He didn’t look much smaller than LaMarr Woodley. That said, Jones struggled to get off blocks while I watched him, and that was mostly against tight ends. Worth noting: I saw Jones for a grand total of 20 minutes, and I know as much about scouting as my six-year-old. So grain of salt and whatnot. (Not only that, but apparently, Jones looked A LOT better Thursday, and even made some acrobatic play at the line of scrimmage that resulted in an interception. Plus, you know what? IT’S EARLY. Despite playing outside linebacker at Georgia, Jones is still a rookie, still making the transition to the NFL, and still playing in a really complicated defense.)
* Larry Foote talked to me about Jarvis, Jason Worilds and replacing Deebo in my camp write-up, though I have to admit my favorite moment from Wednesday was when Willie Gay broke down his attempt to tackle Adrian Peterson back during the 2009 regular season (watch here — and Gay explains it’s here, near the bottom of the post).