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On location: Steelers training camp, Day 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

LATROBE — Man, it’s nice to be out here, even after driving through a heavy storm and wildly circumventing the closed-for-the-weekend Fort Pitt Tunnel.

Here’s Chuck Noll Field completely drenched …


Should be dry for the first practice, anyway, and that’s scheduled to begin at 2:55 p.m. I’ll share some thoughts and other stuff from that session afterward.

In the interim, here’s an exclusive interview with Ben Roethlisberger this morning by our Alan Robinson. Lots of good stuff in there, especially about Todd Haley.

Here’s the Steel Mill blog, which will be updated often by Robinson and Mark Kaboly.

And here’s a quick vid of my talk about an hour ago with Antonio Brown

There will be much more here as the day goes on. Haven’t really gotten started.

UPDATE 4:05 p.m.: A few random thoughts from a practice cut short by lightning just now …

>> Mike Adams took his spot at right tackle and participated in all drills, though it’s got to be stressed that there are no pads until Monday. If Adams is being held back in any way from the stabbing, it isn’t obvious.

>> Roethlisberger and the rest of the quarterbacks did some pocket passing drills but nothing that would give much of a sign as to how limited he is by the knee.

>> The nature of these drills wasn’t going to give up much in terms of default starters. We’ll need to see something resembling scrimmages for that.

>> Loudest chirpers on the field — no surprise — were Ryan Clark and Larry Foote. Mike Tomlin, too, of course, if you want to count him.


>> Amazing crowd. Thousands of people ringing the place, in the bleachers of what’s now known as Chuck Noll Field or the grass hills. And they sat there, barely budging, despite a steady rain.

UPDATE 6:44 p.m.: Just filed my Sunday column. It’s on Emmanuel Sanders.

A few other closing items: The Steelers did resume practicing — on a fourth field — after the lightning delay and did get in some scrimmage-type work. Still not to be taken too seriously, but Ben connected with Sanders and Brown on bombs. … Isaac Redman had first dibs at running back. La’Rod Stephens-Howling took some snaps, too. … Willie Gay and Cortez Allen were both burned deep. … Kelvin Beachum was second-team left tackle. Chew on that for your tackle depth.

That’s it for today. Heading home.

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Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.

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