The big news around Pittsburgh today centered on prized prospect Gerrit Cole, who was making his major league debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park (an 8-2 victory). It is crazy, but that excitement even overshadowed the positive news on quarterback Ben Roethlisbergers’ recovery and even the leads in the manhunt for the third suspect in the Mike Adams stabbing.Pittsburgh Steelers seemed to lack the typical excitement. The team will open camp on July 26, with the first practice open to the public being Saturday, July 27.
Another story that got little pub today was the fact that a former Steelers Hall of Famer would be making his return to the franchise as a coaching intern during minicamp. Rod Woodson, one of the greatest defensive backs in NFL history will be on the sideline assisting former secondary mate Carnell Lake working with the defensive backs.
This will not be the first time Woodson has coached defensive backs, he spent 2011 with the Oakland Raiders. Unfortunately, while that opportunity fueled his desire to be a coach, he was let go after the organization went a different direction after the passing of owner Al Davis.
Woodson was one of the most athletic and cerebral defensive backs to play the game and has a lot of experience and knowledge to draw as he mentors the Steelers Secondary. This weekend he will have a chance to work with some solid young defensive backs that could use his tutelage. One such player is Cortez Allen, who appears to be just scratching the surface of his abilities as a cornerback.
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