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Wakeup Call: Maurkice on the rookies

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Brief and to the Point …

>> The Wednesday column comes off the first real day for the Steelers’ prized rookie linemen, David DeCastro and Mike Adams. And it includes one of the most probing interviews I’ve ever done.

>> Wasn’t able to fit this in for space reasons, but here’s Maurkice Pouncey on those two: “They lined up and had an excellent practice, man. And it’d be awesome if they could help us out. All of us are going to help them get caught up to speed. Some of it will be tough. You’re learning a whole new playbook. You’re coming in against bigger guys. In college, you’re usually the strongest guy on the field. Now, you’re going against real NFL guys. … But there’s no question these guys can adjust. Did you see them out there?”

>> Snapped this right after drills …

That’s Casey Hampton right behind D-line coach John Mitchell. They’re playing around with someone up on the balcony above headquarters.

Is that about as svelte as you’ve seen Snack?

>> Brad Lincoln’s second blowup in a row raised his ERA as a starter to 6.91. As a reliever, that figure is 0.45. I’m not Billy Beane, but those figures would at least hint that he’s a lot better in one role than the other.

Move him back to the pen. Be fair to the kid and the team. He finally found some confidence in his stuff, he finally started to pitch with a swagger, and the rug got pulled out.

If you need a starter, give this guy a call.

>> Life stinks without pucks.

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