Practice Report: Even score on running game drill


LATROBE, Pa. - A few notes about today's practice at Saint Vincent College.

SEVEN SHOTS: As they had done in the first practice in pads on Wednesday, the Steelers played "tackle football" (head coach Mike Tomlin's characterization) during the "Seven Shots" 2-yard drill ... The first-team offense converted one of three snaps (a 2-yard run by RB Le'Veon Bell) … QB Ben Roethlisberger missed FB Will Johnson on a fade and RB DeAngelo Williams was dropped for a 1-yard loss by LB Ryan Shazier ... QB Landry Jones' four snaps resulted in the ball reaching the end zone twice (a pass to WR/RB Dri Archer and a run by RB Josh Harris) … CB Kevin Fogg had a pass defensed.


The Pittsburgh Steelers took on day two of practice in pads at Saint Vincent College.

TEAM RUN:** More tackle football occurred right after "Seven Shots." The Steelers ran the ball on 13 of 14 snaps during a running game drill … Bell didn't participate … The offense gained 15 yards on 13 carries … The defense stopped plays for no gain or a loss six times … LBs Jarvis Jones and Shazier (on a sweep by WR Sammie Coates), LB Arthur Moats, S Ian Wild and LB Anthony Chickillo had the tackles for a loss … Williams had 11 yards on three carries.

ZEBRA SEASON: NFL officials Mark Hittner (head linesman), Julian Mapp (line judge), Craig Wrolstad (referee) and Steve Zimmer (field judge) were on campus and worked practice.

HOUSEKEEPING: LB James Harrison, TE Matt Spaeth, FS Mike Mitchell, S Will Allen, C B.J. Finney and CB Cortez Allen were either given days off or didn't work due to what Tomlin classified as minor injuries. Roethlisberger and WR Antonio Brown were limited.

NOT-SO-SUBTLE PERSUASION: Tomlin noticed rookie WR Eli Rogers leaving the field following practice while other wide receivers were still catching passes from the Jugs machine in the far end zone.

"Hey Eli, No. 84's out-working you over there," Tomlin pointed out.

Rogers did an about face and joined the group working in the end zone.

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