PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) -The Pittsburgh Steelers held a morning practice in shorts for their final open practice of the week at St. Vincent College before playing their first pre-season game on KDKA-TV Saturday night at 7:30.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin did not rule anyone out, but several are questionable to play, including first round pick linebacker Ryan Shazier, last year’s first rounder, linebacker Jarvis Jones, defensive lineman Steve McLendon, tight end Rob Blanchflower, wide receiver Darius Heyward-Bay and linebacker Jordan Zumwalt.
Tomlin said they would wait until the last minute to make a decision on their status.
“This group needs to start fast and play with the type of urgency that’s required to win,” Tomlin said of the game at the Giants.
Tomlin was vague on how much the starters would play, typically they’ll play a series or two during the first pre-season game.
Jason Worilds impresses
“He’s taken a business-like approach to it,” Tomlin said of Jason Worilds’ camp. “Really thoughtful in his preparation. His technique is highly skilled. He’s no-nonsense, he’s not a very vocal guy. But that’s Jason. I think his work has been really solid.”
Seen Dri Archer before
“In 2010, it was Antonio Brown, Stefan Logan, Chris Rainey. Sometimes they’re wide outs, sometimes they’re running backs, the bottom line is they’re space football players and we try to get the ball in their hands. But we’ve had Dri Archer in many forms over the last several years and we’ll see what he develops into.”
“Stop Putting Me in a Phone Booth”
Steelers linebacker Vince Williams wants you to know he’s improved.
“It’s a backhanded compliment for you to say a guy is a two-down linebacker, forget that!” he said. “I don’t want to be considered a slow guy that’s just a downhill thumper. I don’t want to accept that compliment. I want to be all-around.”
Williams said emphatically, “You guys, listen. I’m more than big hits. I want to be a complete linebacker, quit putting me in a phone booth.”
Jeannette High School graduate Jordan Hall was an undrafted free agent signing late in mini-camp and Saturday. He will wear the black and gold for the first time.
“It’s a goal since I was 6 or 7-years-old to play in the NFL,” the former Ohio State running back told 93.7 the Fan. “Saturday is going to be like the Super Bowl for me. It’s everyone’s plan to feed a family or feed yourself.”
Hall says he can play special teams and wants to prove he can block.
“Everyone’s going 100 percent and I’m trying to do the same thing. Hopefully I can stick out a little bit and make the coaches want me around here,” he said.