Rating the Rooks (thus far)
(Steelers Training Camp Blog – 2010)

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Maurkice Pouncey; looking like the number 1 he’s supposed to be. Excellent athlete who so far has shown that he can figure it out.

Jason Worilds; Aggressive and hard working, got a hammie just when he needs to be on the field getting reps. Prior to injury, he was noticing that the offensive guys got stronger grips in the NFL than in college.

Emmanuel Sanders; like watching a silent film. Soft steps, soft hands, catches everything. Gott’a see his reaction when he’s not taking a soft hit.

Thaddeus Gibson; Greg Lloydish in his upper body, better strength in his lower. Rushes well, good hypnotic eye (head fakes), finding it hard to get off blocks, which is typical of young dudes at this point.

Chris Scott; doing his impression of Lance Armstrong in the Tour de France on a stationary bike. Looking forward to seeing what he can do with pads on.

Crezdon Butler; not afraid of competition, excellent speed, starting to make plays.

Stevenson Sylvester; Can’t sing a lick, a real banger who, like most rookie linebackers has to learn how to disengage from blockers. But he makes you notice him. That’s a good thing.

Jonathan Dwyer; Cameo appearance on the first day of camp, haven’t seen enough of him to say anything.

Antonio Brown; like Sanders, a polished rookie who catches every legit ball thrown his way. Maybe best two (with Sanders) WR rookies in a single draft since Swann/Stallworth in ’74. Like Sanders, what he does after suffering a little de-celeration trauma will say a lot.

Doug Worthington; seems to be wearing down as the week went along. Strong, but lost some jump in his legs. Been through the meat grinder that is Ohio State. That’s like being a fighter from Philly. Sometimes they’ve already left their best battles behind them.

Dorian Brooks; camp sleeper, strong, good feet, pays attention to detail, possible diamond in the rough.Or just a rough diamond.

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