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Tomlin: 'It was a good start for us today'

LATROBE, Pa. - The Steelers went through their first workout of training camp on Saturday, and even though they don't put the pads on until Monday, Coach Mike Tomlin liked what he saw.

"It was a good start for us today – good energy, enthusiasm, but you can anticipate that on the first day," said Tomlin. "More than anything I liked the communication, the giving and receiving of information, coach to player, player to player.

"If we're going to be what we desire to be that's going to be a big element of it. We are really trying to foster that. We're excited to get started, we're going to take a look at the tape and continue forward."

On the injury front Tomlin said the team got through the day "virtually injury free," with center David Snow the only issue with a foot or ankle injury.

"He's being evaluated," said Tomlin. "I don't have a lot of information there. But other than that we got through it pretty clean, and I liked the effort."

Other tidbits from Tomlin:

On quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the condition he came to camp in:
"He's ready. He has that level of expectation. We have that level of expectation for him. He came in appropriately. He's ready to go."


View Photos of the Pittsburgh Steeler's first day of Training Camp.

On what young players he expects to show leadership:**"I don't try to tell that story. That's usually something that evolves in a very natural manner. That's usually personality related. Right now I'm just worried about the quality of the play, the execution, teaching fundamentals and skill development. That's something that occurs in a group of people over time as they establish roles and work through some of the adversity that these situations present."

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