as they stretched at the beginning of practice, all the players started clapping and chanting, "hoke, hoke, hoke, hoke..." while backup nose tackle chris hoke did some kind of russian dance which he ended with an amazing jump which you can see below. the second one is a cropped closer look.
watching practice was an absolute blast for me. i loved watching coach tomlin walk around and watch the different parts of practice, chiming in here and there. he seemed to be comfortable and the whole camp had a very comfortable easy flow to it. the steelers know what they are doing.this is coach lebeau...i also enjoyed getting my first look at some of the rookies, including ziggy hood, who was an imposing physical specimen. i was excited about this #1 pick before, but i am even more so now.
still, there is no specimen quite like james harrison. his body is freakishly scary. i remember when i used to be amazed by joey porter, but harrison is so much scarier. his waist is a tiny middle supporting a redwood trunk of an upper body. he is enormous. and he practiced hard. he just doesn't quit, it seems, even on a brutally hot humid day on the last day of practice. gotta love the steeler way.
i also enjoyed watching some of the running backs, including willie parker (below), mendenhall, mewelde moore (who actually practiced),
and the undrafted rookie isaac redman, who i am undeniably excited about. i really have been excited about this kid, and seeing him practice just solidified it for me. he looks strong and quick. he looks determined. i know some are saying that there's no way he and frank the tank both make the team, but i don't know how they don't keep this guy on the roster.
it was great watching ben practice, too, who was throwing some really nice tight bullets to the wide recievers...
until deebo pushed max starks into the backfield and he tramped on ben's leg, resulting in this scene...
which means we'll see alot more of these two guys in the game tonight.
well, there you go. i hope you like the pics i took. i actually took a bunch more, and if you'd like to take a look, you can click here. have a great weekend, and GO STEELERS!