It was as close to a game day atmosphere as one can possibly get. On a Saturday evening at Heinz Field, the Pittsburgh Steelers took to the field through the tunnel, with the music of AC/DC playing in the background. Unlike the previous practice sessions, each player
was dressed in their game day uniforms; defense in white and offense in black. A potential storm resulted in the session ending earlier than expected, but by all accounts, it was a spirited evening.
Today's camp storylines include; a linebacker that is getting everyone's attention, and a tight end that continues to get better with every session.
So Steelers fans, let's go!
As expected, rookie offensive lineman Kevin Dotson (knee) did not partake in today's practice; however, Dotson was spotted without a knee brace which could be an indication his return in the near future. As veteran offensive lineman David DeCastro, he did not participate as well as receiver Diontae Johnson (calf) and safety Terrell Edmunds.
Both running back James Conner and defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt sat out of the evening session for non-injury related reasons, and veteran center Maurkice Pouncey was
absent in order to attend his grandmother's funeral, as he revealed on his Instagram page.
In his post-practice conference, head coach Mike Tomlin listed the following players who sustained injuries during the practice session; defensive end Chris Wormley (shoulder), linebacker Robert Spillane (finger), long snapper Kameron Canaday (knee), and running back Wendell Swallwood (shoulder).
Training Camp Report:
One of the names mentioned by 970 ESPN hosts Tunch Ilkin and Craig Wolfley, was second-year linebacker Ulysees Gilbert III. During their evening broadcast, they observed Gilbert III making several plays on the field. This has been a common theme with Gilbert III since their first pad practice. His stock continues to rise with his performance on the field.
According the Steelers reporter Bob Labriola's Camp report was second-year running back Benny Snell Jr., who broke a long run of 25-plus yards, and stiff armed safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, which resulted in some choice words between the two teammates.
Second-year tight end Zach Gentry had a solid evening based Labriola's report. In addition to outrunning safety Marcus Allen for a deep reception from quarterback Devlin Hodges, he also made a reception off the lower back of linebacker Ulysees Gilbert III. So far, he has put together a series of solid performances in practice.