Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, labeled today's practice as a 'mock-in season Wednesday. With less than two weeks away till their week one contest against the New York Giants, this afternoon's session has a focus on game-like situations, as the players got in just enough practice time before the rain put an end to their session.
Today's storylines include, a second-year safety getting more opportunities at linebacker, and an impressive sequence by the first-team defense.
So Steelers fans, let's go!
The most notable name not participating in today's session, was veteran guard David DeCastro. Since the beginning of training camp in pads, DeCastro had been dealing with a lower body injury which continues to him at the point. The other non-participant was offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski.
Players returning to action were defensive lineman Chris Wormley (shoulder), and long snapper Kameron Canaday (knee). Rookie running back Anthony McFarland Jr. was also a full participant in today's session, coming back from concussion protocol. On a final note, cornerback Cameron Sutton left the session early with an undisclosed injury.
Training Camp Report
Receiver Ray-Ray McCloud continues to solidify his position on the roster with strong performances. According to Bob Labriola's report, he made a deep ball reception on cornerback Cameron Sutton.
In the continuing battle at starting right tackle position, Chuks Okorafor was given first-team repetitions according to Labriola's report.
Undrafted free agent cornerback James Pierre accounted for a leaping interception on Paxton Lynch in today's session. Pierre has put together a series of strong performances during this training camp, and remain the only undrafted free agent with a legitimate chance of making the roster.
Third-year safety Marcus Allen continues to redefine himself. According to Labriola's report, he played at inside linebacker during the 7-on-7 drill. He accounted for a pass breakup on Zach Gentry, a couple of stops.
During team drills, we got a glimpse of the first team defense. As documented by Labriola, the first three plays were as follows; a tackle-for-loss by Bud Dupree, a sack by Tj Watt, and a tackle-for-loss by Vince Williams.