Mike Tomlin likes to refer to organized team activities as football in shorts.
That may be true, but Tomlin has had his moments of forgetting that it is only football in shorts during the first two weeks of OTAs, especially when he sees something on the field that he doesn’t like.
Saying that, Tomlin really didn’t like what he saw out of rookie fourth-round pick Martavis Bryant during a receiving drill where he didn’t turn up the field quick enough after making the reception for the liking of Tomlin.
“Finish it 10,” Tomlin barked out to Bryant.
But Tomlin wasn’t done with the tough love after that.
Tomlin went on to really let Bryant know that’s not how they do things and pointed out a point of reference just in case.
“What you need to do is watch 84 and do what 84 does,” Tomlin said about fellow wide receiver Antonio Brown. “You would never see 84 doing that.”
I’ve attached the video of the route and, unfortunately, I didn’t keep the camera rolling for Tomlin’s outburst, but you can see what made him so upset (it’s at the very end of the video.)
While I am at it, here are some other things I think I think:
* We all may look back on the offseason signing of Lance Moore and call it brilliant. Moore has been tremendous through the first two weeks of OTAs, and he’s just learning the offense and just getting used to Ben Roethlisberger.
Wait until he knows what he’s doing.
I hate to put numbers on players in OTAs, but I will. From what I’ve seen from Moore, I wouldn’t be surprised with 60 catches for 850 yards and seven touchdowns.
* Mike Mitchell instantly makes the Steelers defense better. Now, I am not exactly breaking news here, but comparing the closing speed of Mitchell and Ryan Clark last year is night and day.
* With close to 90 players on the field at the same time, it’s hard to focus on one player. Usually one or two will jump out at you that get you to pay a little closer attention. Saying that, I have yet to notice Stephon Tuitt at all. Once again, I haven’t been looking for him, but he hasn’t done anything that made me notice, either. Maybe I’ll be closer attention on Thursday?
* Steve McLendon looks a lot leaner. Jason Worilds looks a lot thicker. Jarvis Jones looks the same. Lawrence Timmons looks like one of the best linebackers in the NFL.
* I still say wide receiver Justin Brown has a chance to be this year’s Derek Moye. Just keep him in mind.
* Saying that, linebacker Vic So’oto just may be pushing Chris Carter out of the door. Yet another battle to keep an eye on.
* Rookie cornerback Shaquille Richardson is a nice bump-and-run guy … well, from what I’ve seen. He’s no Terry Hawthorne, I’ll tell you that.