Mitchell making gains in roster-spot battle

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“I wanted a little black and gold [Steelers], but we also have to be smart,” he said. “I didn’t want to go out there and then be out five weeks. Hopefully by Friday, you’ll see big number 71 out there. I can’t change what’s happened. I know what they want to see, and I know what I want to prove.”

Brennan confident

Despite a 10.1 passer rating in the first two games and the emergence of rookie Chase Daniel, quarterback Colt Brennan remains upbeat about making the team. Brennan was Mr. August last year but is only 4-for-12 for 43 yards and one interception this month.

“I’m not going to let that deter or discourage me at all,” he said. “I have an opportunity the next two weeks to go out and do some good things. I’m excited to make something happen.”

Zorn said Todd Collins has a firm grip on the No. 2 job, leaving Brennan and Daniel to play the final preseason game Sept. 3 at Jacksonville for the final roster spot.

“I’ve always said Colt’s trying to battle for the No. 2 spot with Todd, but I think we saw that Todd was not willing to bow down and give that up, so the competition is for the No. 3 spot,” Zorn said. “Chase is making a statement about that.”

Playing through pain

Left tackle Chris Samuels confirmed he was almost a late scratch Saturday because of a left knee injury, but he played two series and practiced Monday.

“It was aching a little bit, but even though the games don’t count, I wanted to definitely perform well if I was in there,” he said. “My teammates needed me and the coaches asked me to go out, suck it up and play. We did a pretty decent job.”

Zorn said Samuels will experience less wear and tear now that two-a-days are complete.

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