Updated: Aug 22
After a well deserved day off, the Pittsburgh Steelers returned to Heinz Field this afternoon for another pad session. Even after taking the day off, today's session was spirited and physical. Considering there are no preseason games this year, each practice so far have been intense, with a heightened sense of importance.
Today's storylines include; an intriguing competition at offensive line, a rookie showing off his tackling prowess, and the special drill featured in today's session.
So Steelers fans, let's Go
The newest member on the Steelers injury list was second-year receiver Diontae Johnson, who was seen with a wrap on his lower leg, according to Dale Lolley's report. Another player not taking part in this afternoon's session was safety Terrell Edmunds, who was very active in the previous pad sessions.
Veteran guard David DeCastro did not participate in the practice session, but was seen stretching his calf against a wall according to Lolley's report. Both rookie offensive lineman Kevin Dotson (knee) and tight end Dax Raymond (ankle) remained out with injuries sustained in their second pad session. Returning to action were receiver James Washington and defensive lineman Chris Wormley.
Training Camp Notes
Noted in the Steelers Camp Wrap Up Show, the feature drill entitled 'open grass' with the linebacker and running backs. By all accounts, linebacker Devin Bush was paired against running back James Conner multiple times.
The newest face on the Steelers roster, receiver Ray-Ray McCloud III was present at today's session, creating new competition among the current group of receivers.
One of the more interesting battles that has emerged in this year's camp, has been the one at right tackle. Prior to today's session, offensive line coach Shaun Sarrett officially announced that lineman Matt Feiler was moving to the right guard spot, once occupied by Ramon Foster. With the right tackle spot now up for grabs, the competition between Zach Banner and Chuks Okorafor can potentially go as far as the season opener.
A name that had not been brought up until today's session was rookie safety Antoine Brooks Jr. According to Bob Labriola's camp report, he was "showing off"his tackling ability, which he was known for during his days with the University of Maryland.
Newly acquired safety Curtis Riley got a lot of peoples attention in today's session, according to Labriola's report. In addition to diving to help pin a punt on the 1-yard line, he took a pass away from the arms of tight end Eric Ebron for an impressive interception.