Charlie Batch Makes Team
When Charlie Batch hit Emmanuel Sanders with an absolutely awesome spot-on 37-yard pass for the first TD against Carolina this week, I said to myself: Charlie will stay with the team. And sure enough, the 37-year old Batch made the team this week.
Charlie was 11-14 for 102 yards and one TD with no interceptions.
This will be Charlie's 15 NFL season. He will sit behind Roethlisberger and Leftwhich.
Nine players did not play including Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Health Miller, Pouncey, Taylor and Polamalu.
Unless other major changes or made (ie. trades), Steelers will be meeting Denver with six rookies draft picks including DeCastro, OT Mike Adams, NT Almeda Ta'amu, Halfback Chris Rainey, TE David Paulson and G/T Kevin Beachum
(Rainey had two great plays returned because of penalties, one a 78 yard punt return)
Steelers had an explosive first quarter against Carolina. The score should have been 24-0 if not for the penalties nullifying Rainey's great runs.
Looking Good In The Pre-Season
Jonathan Dwyer, playing in the place of injured Isaac Redman, proved to be invaluable finishing the pre-season with 28 carries for 147 or a 5.3 yard average
QB Jerred Johnson was released. Steelers traditionally only keep three quarterbacks. As of yesterday, it was unlikely the Steelers would keep Johnson on their practice squad.
Veteran offensive lineman Trai Essex was also let go as well as veteran punter Jeremy Kapinos. Some of the other released players might be signed to the practice squad this week.
Issac Redman (ankle), Brett Keisel (ankle), Stevenson Sylvester (knee)
(Sources: Steelers.com, Pitt. PG)