Updated: Sep 2, 2020
With two weeks remaining until their first game of the 2020 NFL season, the Pittsburgh Steelers returned to Heinz Field, for the conclusion of this year's training camp. Head coach Mike Tomlin took the time after today's session, to eulogize the passing of the legendary college basketball coach, John Thompson. The focus in today's session was situational football, as the team begins to transition into preparation mode for their week one contest against the New York Giants.
Today's storylines include; a cornerback who had a rough day, a rookie that continues to make impressive plays, and another rookie on a winning streak.
So Steelers fans, let's go!
In today's session, there was a good number of players working their way back from various injuries. These players were receiver Ryan Switzer, receiver Diontae Johnson, tight end Vance McDonald, safety Terrell Edmunds, and defensive end Chris Wormley.
Not participating in this afternoon's session were rookie running back Anthony McFarland Jr. (concussion), guard David DeCastro (lower body), and long snapper Kameron Canaday (knee).
Training Camp Report
-> Rookie Chase Claypool continued his habit of making impressive catches. In this session according to Bob Labriola's report, Claypool made a spectacular catch over 6-2 cornerback James Pierre, and managed to keep his hooked his feet inbounds for a touchdown in one of the drills.
-> During their 'hurry-up' drill, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger targeted receiver Juju Smith-Schuster four times, in which Smith-Schuster caught all four passes.
-> Second-year cornerback Justin Layne had a rough outing in today's session. According to Labriola's report, he was targeted often by Steelers quarterbacks and receivers. The notable receiver was James Washington, who beat him for a touchdown.
-> Rookie guard Kevin Dotson had another impressive showing in today's session. Noted in Labriola's report, Dotson went on a winning streak during the one-on-one drills. Steelers players got a sample of his natural strength which he was known for during his days with Louisiana.
-> Perhaps no player has benefited the most this training camp, than second-year tight end Zach Gentry. In today's session, he did something few players were able to do; beat TJ Watt one-on-one. According to Labriola's report, he beat Watt on the release and caught a pass.