Highlights from practice No. 12 of training camp:
- Another day, another two-minute drill.
- Two of them, actually.
- It's a reflection of the attention to detail the Steelers are applying to training camp, and of the crowd at quarterback behind Ben Roethlisberger.
- "We're working four guys and so it probably requires more of an effort on our part," head coach Mike Tomlin explained. "Also, the time is somewhat condensed and so we just wanna make sure that we're checking all the boxes as it pertains to situational ball.
- "And if we err, we wanna err on the side of getting too much exposure than not enough."
- The two two-minute drills the Steelers conducted today were the third and fourth in the last two days and the ninth and 10th of camp.
- QB Dwayne Haskins got the first shot at moving the offense 67 yards for a touchdown in 1:46 with one timeout at his disposal.
- Haskins went 5-for-10 passing for 62 yards but missed on his last three throws, including one on fourth-and-goal from the 5-yard line with three seconds left on the clock. Haskins rolled right and then tried to hit WR Mathew Sexton in the end zone but the ball grazed the grass just before Sexton went down and short-hopped the catch.
- QB Josh Dobbs went 7-for-8 for 67 yards on a drive that ended with a 5-yard touchdown pass to WR Anthony Johnson (he had three receptions for 30 yards on the march, all in succession on the last three plays).
- Roethlisberger has had two shots at two-minute work in camp and has gone 1-for-2 (one touchdown, one interception).
- Rudolph is 2-for-3 (his first opportunity ended on a completion short of the goal line against a running clock that ultimately ran out, a development Tomlin found "annoying").
- Haskins is 2-for-3 (his second TD drive would have been stopped on a fourth down "sack" had they been tackling, but they weren't and it wasn't).
- Dobbs is 1-for-2 (an interception and a touchdown).
- Haskins went against a six-defensive backs "dime" defense that looked very much like it might in the regular season, with the potential exceptions of OLB Melvin Ingram III (who was in T.J. Watt's spot), LB Robert Spillane (who was filling in for Devin Bush) and nickel-CB Arthur Maulet (currently second on the depth chart behind Antoine Brooks Jr.).
- Haskins wasn't working with the projected first-team offense.
- Such situations will go a long way toward eventually sorting out the pecking order at quarterback.
- "No doubt," Tomlin said. "Just the management of circumstances, the leadership of guys within circumstances, it's a big component of play."
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SEVEN SHOTS: Roethlisberger's three reps in the two-point conversion/short-yardage drill were flawless, with an asterisk.
Roethlisberger hit WR Diontae Johnson and WR JuJu Smith-Schuster for consecutive conversions/scores, then found Smith-Schuster in the end zone again.
Ingram came in clean on the second pass to Smith-Schuster and may or may not have had a sack.
Rudolph found Johnson in the end zone and then threw incomplete for RB Jaylen Samuels.
Haskins' first rep went awry when C John Leglue's snap rolled back to Haskins, who was in the shotgun.
The last rep was a Haskins' fade for WR Mathew Sexton that didn't connect.
MEDICAL FILE: Among those who either didn't participate or only took part in position drills or individual work due to a variety of reasons were WR Cody White (hamstring), WR Ray-Ray McCloud, RB Benny Snell, Brooks, RB Kalen Ballage (lower-body injury), LB Devin Bush, OG Kevin Dotson, OT Zach Banner, Watt and DE Stephon Tuitt, who wasn't at practice for a second consecutive day.
X's & O's: OG Kevin Dotson played with the second-team offensive line, his first 11-on-11 work of camp … RT Joe Haeg replaced Banner with the first-team offensive line. LB Ulysees Gilbert III took over for Bush with the first-team base defense … RB Tony Brooks-James dropped a beautiful deep ball from Haskins in 11-on-11 work … Roethlisberger had an uncharacteristic gaffe in "Pass Under Pressure/Third Down" when he rolled right an then inexplicably flipped the ball forward to RG Trai Turner, who was trying to engage DE Tyson Alualu. The ball could have easily been intercepted but Alualu dropped it … Samuels had a drop in the flat in 11-on-11 work … OLB Alex Highsmith penetrated and had a great shot at a tackle for a loss on RN Najee Harris in "First-And-10" but the Steelers weren't tackling (they practiced without shoulder pads for the second consecutive day) … Just-signed RB Pete Guerriero was in uniform (No. 30) and took part in individual/position drills. Guerriero, 22, is listed at 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds. He went undrafted out of Monmouth in 2020 and has spent time with the Jets and Panthers.
HE SAID IT: "Cam is losing a heck of a lot more than he's winning, but he's got a competitive spirit, doesn't he? He is always looking for competition. He thinks he's an oversized athlete. Notice that I said he thinks he's an oversized athlete." _ Tomlin on DT Cam Heyward taking reps in tight ends/running backs-linebackers pass route/pass coverage drills the last two days.