Here are some notables from coach Mike Tomlin’s news conference on the Steelers preseason opener Friday night:
– The quarterback rotation hasn’t been set behind Ben Roethlisberger and Tomlin said too much shouldn’t be read into what groups the rookies play with in the 7:30 p.m. game against the Redskins.
“Maurkice Pouncey never got with the first unit last year until the second game,” Tomlin said, “and we knew almost instantly how credible he was so it’s not out of the ordinary for the rookies not to play with the first wave of terror if you will in the first preseason game.”
– Chris Scott is a legitimate challenger to incumbent Ramon Foster at right guard.
“He’s in the mix man,” Tomlin said, “and he’s put himself in the mix with how he’s prepared and performed.”
– Tomlin said the Steelers’ interest in Plaxico Burress and Jerricho Cotchery does not mean the wide receiver corps is lacking in experience or anything else.
“We intend to strengthen ourselves when given the opportunity at all positions because we’re trying to be a developing world championship caliber football team,” Tomlin said. “When there’s viable guys out there that are Steelers-like guys or guys that we have a level of comfort with we’re going to be interest in taking a look.
“Maybe some of those pursuits and discussions are getting a little bit more attention because these things are taking place in a training camp setting whereas in most instances they’re transpiring in March. This is just how we go about our business. We want to strengthen our team as much as we can. That’s what we’re doing at receiver or tight end or anywhere else that we bring him.”
– Scott Brown