Steelers work on no-huddle offense

PITTSBURGH -- With quarterback Ben Roethlisberger back at practice, the Pittsburgh Steelers worked extensively on their no-huddle offense Wednesday.

Roethlisberger missed the Steelers' first organized team activity of the week because of a family obligation but he got plenty of work Wednesday, especially at the end of the team's fifth full-squad offseason practice.

"That last period here today we stayed on the field the whole time and got a bunch of different looks and a bunch of different plays," wide receiver Lance Moore said of the Steelers running their no-huddle offense. "Ben is like a playbook on the field and he's going to run pretty much everything we have out there and try to keep the defense off balance."

Roethlisberger and the Steelers did that routinely in the second half of last season after the no-huddle attack became a big part of the offense. The no-huddle should continue to be a focal point of the offseason practices that conclude in a couple of weeks since Roethlisberger is trying to establish a rapport with new players such as Moore and inexperienced ones like Markus Wheaton.

"He's obviously very comfortable with the no-huddle and he always has been," tight end Heath Miller said of Roethlisberger. "Ben likes to make the calls with the balls in his hand and I think we can be good at it if we're all on the same page. We're getting a lot of good work in with it and I think we're only going to continue to."

Also of note from the Steelers' fifth OTA session:

  • Arthur Moats continued work with the first team at left outside linebacker with Jason Worilds nursing a calf injury. Worilds, who has practiced just one day since OTAs started, was not on the field Wednesday. Meanwhile, starting fullback Will Johnson is in a walking boot after getting hurt Tuesday.

  • The Steelers signed wide receiver C.J. Goodwin on Wednesday and released wide receiver Jasper Collins. Goodwin has several local ties. He played his final season of college football at nearby California University and the Steelers gave Goodwin a tryout following a recommendation from Mel Blount, one of the greatest players in franchise history.

  • Rookie defensive tackle Daniel McCullers isn't just immense to the scribes and other media types who cover the Steelers. "He's huge," said 6-5, 288-pound defensive end Cameron Heyward. "He's like Paul Bunyan." McCullers, who is listed at 6-7, 352 pounds is not overweight as much as he is simply a big man. McCullers said after practice Wednesday that he has been playing exclusively at nose tackle during OTAs.