--Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said the team is making expected progress after the installation of the offense by new coordinator Todd Haley.
Said Colbert, "I'm not listening to what's being said intimately after a play. There's not a lot of physical errors I guess is the best way to say it: new offense, people learning about the offense and coaches learning about people, I think there will be some mistakes. I think that's just part of the growing process. It's way too early to tell, but visibly I didn't see a lot of mistakes or corrections being made, no more than usual."
--Although three rookies had only two minicamp practices all spring after waiting for their schools' semesters to end, coach Mike Tomlin believes they will have ample time in the long run to get it. The three: Guard David DeCastro (Stanford), tackle Mike Adams (Ohio State) and nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu (Washington).
"Obviously, they're working on limited time and they need to hurry up and catch up," Tomlin said. "The big thing I want to keep in mind and want them to keep in mind is largely the big picture. When it's time to play a few months from now, this will be just a memory, some short-term discomfort."
--For the second straight year, Ben Roethlisberger wore Max Starks' old No. 78 at a practice. He did it in training camp last year after the Steelers cut Starks, and Pittsburgh re-signed him after the fourth game of the season, and put him at left tackle where he started the rest of the way for them.
Starks remains an unrestricted free agent as he rehabs from ACL surgery in January. Roethlisberger said he wore his jersey during one OTA practice to honor Starks. It's possible, though, it could forebode another re-signing of Starks.
"We've communicated with Max," said general manager Kevin Colbert, who has maintained for months that they could re-sign him. "He knows that it's a possibility that we could bring him back."
--Veteran nose tackle Casey Hampton continues to rehab from January ACL surgery. He attended all the spring OTAs and minicamp, running on the side but never practicing. He predicted he will open the season at nose tackled.
"I'm where I need to be," Hampton said during the team's minicamp last week. "I feel my goal is to be ready for the regular season."
QUOTE TO NOTE
"Mike's got pictures of me ... and there's some unknowns over in Indianapolis that I was concerned about a little bit." - LB coach Keith Butler on why he turned down an offer to join the Colts as coordinator to stay on Mike Tomlin's staff.
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