Photos From Steelers Training Camp

Greetings, Earthlings.

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.)

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(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).

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  • Randy Steele

    That photo of Antonio Brown working with the Jugs machine is extremely impressive, Ryan. Professional, in fact. Good job.

    • Rob D

      Seconded..that is a superb shot.

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    Ryan, great article and pictures.

    Two random things: One, I think Will Johnson is going to be a bigger part of the passing offense, especially with Heath out. As someone who has railed against the (-yard passes to FBs in past years, I’m good with passing to Will (vs. say Jon Witman). And two, FWIW (and it’s probably worth nothing), in the past Fat Ben seems to have played better than Thin Ben (though the sample size of the latter is really small).

    • EasyLikeSundayMorning

      That was supposed to say “5-yard,” but “-yard” is probably closer to the truth of our YPA to fullbacks since John L Williams left town.

      • Rob D

        John L. …always loved that guy. Would be nice if Will decided to emulate his abilities.
        I’ve always thought Ben was like a big old farm boy with some extra padding…Tough as nails and a gamer. We’d better enjoy the next 3 or 4 years with him because we shall MISS HIM when he’s gone..

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    If Guy Whimper really is our 7th OL and likely to dress, I hope they haven’t lost Trai Essex’s number: http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/pat-kirwan/22998306/steelers-ticked-off-about-missing-playoffs-it-shows-in-practice

    • Rob D

      Worst. Name. EVER. especially for a guy in the trenches. His stats are equally horrible. GReat pickup! lol…seriously though, I think they are going to scour the cuts this year and find some reasonably competent O-line guys to backup the starters.

      • EasyLikeSundayMorning

        The Braves-Phillies game on Saturday had Terdoslavich on one side and Ruf, Asche and Bastardo on the other. It was like the news intern from the Korean airline embarrassment was manning the Chyron.

        • Rob D

          LOL..

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    In this list of 15 best players by position not in the HOF are three Steelers: Bettis, Greenwood and Kevin Greene. Bettis should get in soon and be off this list:

    http://m.si.com/3228355/bb596caf/

    • Rob D

      There seems to be a vocal minority who hate Bettis..and I am talking about Steeler fans. I understand how you get tired of hearing a guy’s name and there are periods where every player is overhyped and overrated (Ray Lewis) late in their careers. But I think Bettis was amazing…There’s a great article I have on the hard drive that talks about how he always got those 2 yrds they needed even though everyone and his brother knew what was coming. That’s the very definition of greatness..they know what’s coming but can’t stop it.
      LC should already be in. Greene is high up there on the list of sack artists and he was relentless as Steeler fans know. Not sure if he was a HOF caliber player but he sure was great even after his RAm years.

      • EasyLikeSundayMorning

        Bettis treading DPOTY Urlacher during the must-win 2005 run will always be on my Steelers mental highlight reel.

        • Rob D

          O yeah!
          There were also so many times where he moved a mass of humanity forward where you couldn’t actually see him. He was underneath them all….and that mass of humanity was being propelled by an unseen force..lol…”Bettis for a couple of yards…OK..5 …errrr..no more like 7…” Used to love that.

  • Rob D

    Ryan…everyone loves this forum..at least those who have the ability to “agree to disagree”. It’s a simple concept but not one that is recognized on ye olde WWW, it seems. I miss the podcasts amongst other things. This is going to be a very interesting season..I feel we could see a breakout year for a reconstituted O-line in particular which might lead to Big Ben having another MVP level year which he was having right up until he got injured last year.

  • Eric

    Can I ask for a small favor? Could the “Recent Comments” sidebar get put back at the top of the list, instead of the “Steelers news” sidebar?

    • Eric

      Thanks.

  • Randy Steele

    Have any of you guys read this before? It was a surprise to me…

    http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/training-day/201307/whats-nfl-linemans-secret-success-ballet

    • Rob D

      Sounds very cool..I love the fact that he is trying everything to keep in shape and strengthen different muscle groups. This kind of cross training is terrific. He sounds like he is taking it very serious. McClendon, from the first time I saw him in an exhibition game always left me with one impression. “He’s a nimble athlete for a big man” I guess it was hard work that made him that way. And an open mind. STeve is an impressive guy, isn’t he?

  • countertorque

    Ryan, thanks for the post.