LATROBE, Pa. - As Steelers’ fans gathered on the hillside and in the bleachers at Chuck Noll Field on the campus of Saint Vincent College, receiver
It’s just the way Brown is. He is someone whose motor never stops, from the time he hits the field until he leaves it, many days that not happening until after getting in extra reps and then signing footballs, Terrible Towels, pictures and more for many of those same fans.
The fans notice, and so do others, including fellow wide receivers new to the team.
“Our receiving corps is really good,” said
Brown has become a leader among the receivers, especially with the departure of veteran Jerricho Cotchery via free agency this offseason. The two-time team MVP has the most experience among the receivers, and he is using that to help some of his younger teammates, including young guys like second-year receiver
“We have been studying film together, understanding the concepts, the plays, what Ben (Roethlisberger) is thinking and just pushing guys,” said Brown. “Iron sharpening iron to better each other.
“If they make a mistake in practice we will go over it. For the most part we are just challenging each other to be better.”
“They have a lot to prove,” said Brown. “They can be as good as they want to be. It starts today, the building process to get on the same page as Ben (Roethlisberger) and start to build a rapport for what they want to do to help the team win.”
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Running back Le’Veon Bell missed the first day of hitting with a hamstring injury, but still said that he has made major progress since his rookie training camp one year ago.
“It’s like night and day,” said Bell. “I feel like I am a lot more comfortable with the people, the offense, and my teammates. I am more comfortable.
“Last year as a rookie you are anxious to see what the game is like and trying to make an impression on people. I am going into my second year and guys know what to expect of me. Being more comfortable makes the game go easier. You aren’t thinking as much. You go out there and are ready.”