LATROBE, Pa. - Key takeaways from today's practice at Saint Vincent College:
SEVEN SHOTS:** It came down to the last snap before the offense prevailed, 4-3. The practice-opening, 2-yard drill began with QB Ben Roethlisberger hitting RB Le'Veon Bell in the end zone on consecutive snaps, once on a fade over S Robert Golden and once on a slant in front of LB Ryan Shazier. And the offense had a 3-1 lead before the defense rallied for consecutive stops. The deciding play was a pass from QB Landry Jones to TE Jesse James.
TACKLE FOOTBALL: RBs Cameron Stingily and Jawon Chisholm earned head coach Mike Tomlin's attention and approval for repeatedly sticking it up in there with authority … Chisholm had five carries for 22 yards and the offense managed 30 yards on 13 carries overall in the run-game drill … LB Jordan Zumwalt had a resounding hit on FB Roosevelt Nix on a play-action pass. S Alden Darby helped finish off Nix … LB Arthur Moats had what probably would have been a sack on a play-action pass that fell incomplete. Moats may also have had a sack on the first snap of seven shots had the Steelers been tackling quarterbacks.
Following a day off, the Steelers took to the Saint Vincent College practice field for another day in front of the fans.
MANY HAPPY RETURNS: WR Antonio Brown, WR/RB Dri Archer and newly-signed WR Kenzel Doe got some work in fielding punts.
HOUSEKEEPING: Players not practicing or not working in 11-on-11 play due to injury or coaching decisions included WR Martavis Bryant, WR Markus Wheaton, S Mike Mitchell, RB Josh Harris, CB Cortez Allen, S Shamarko Thomas, S Ross Ventrone, DT Daniel McCullers, TE Heath Miller, TE Rob Blanchflower and LB James Harrison.