Updated: Aug 26
A rainstorm and other elements resulted in a change of pace, as the Pittsburgh Steelers held their practice at UPMC-Rooney Sports Complex. Despite the change of venue, the players were in full force and engaged throughout the session.
Today's story lines include; a backup quarterback with an impressive showing, and a potential rivalry growing between a linebacker and running back.
So Steelers fans, let's go!
The newest members of the injured list include receiver Ryan Switzer, who injured his foot during one of the drills, running back Kerrith Whyte Jr. (groin), Jarron Jones (unknown), and cornerback Alexander Myres (groin).
The players who did not participate in today's session were Kevin Dotson (knee), Anthony Johnson seen in crutches due to a leg injury, Diontae Johnson (calf), Chris Wormley (shoulder), Wendell Smallwood (shoulder), and Chuks Okorafor (groin).
Given the day off were tight end Vance McDonald and receiver Juju Smith-Schuster, while quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and center Maurkice Pouncey returned to action.
Training Camp Report
While Roethlisberger had his struggles (intercepted by Minkah Fitzpatrick in a red zone period), backup Mason Rudolph had an overall solid day, accounting for back-to-back touchdown passes to Amara Darboh and Deon Cain. According to Bob Labriola's report, Rudolph executed a near-perfect play-action fake, and found receiver Ray-Ray McCloud on a deep crossing route.
Both rookie running back Anthony McFarland Jr. and second-year linebacker Ulysees Gilbert III was matched together often in today's session. According to Labriola's report, they faced off four different times in the linebackers vs. running back drills. As noted in his report, McFarland won three of the four times, with Gilbert III winning once on a wheel route.
UDFA cornerback James Pierre, is slowly making his case for the roster, as he has put together a series of solid performances in practice. In today's session, he got close to intercepting a pass intended for Cain.
6'7 quarterback Paxton Lynch, connected with 6'8 tight end Zach Gentry back-shoulder pass against linebacker Robert Spillane, who practiced with a splint/wrap on his right hand, according to Labriola's report.