Several days ago, this day seemed improbable considering the uncertainty surrounding player safety, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet on this day, the Pittsburgh Steelers,
veterans and rookie alike made their way to Heinz field for the official first day of training camp.
As the players made their way to the stadium, a more slender version of veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was very noticeable. What was even more noticeable was the regression of his offensive unit without him last season, due to season-ending elbow surgery. His presence alone, can only mean better things ahead for the Steelers offense.
Cancer survivor James Conner, he had every reason to opt-out of the season, as he is considered high risk. Instead of opting out, he made it clear that the risk was worth the reward with his decision to play this upcoming season, as reported by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.
For rookies like Alex Highsmith, this occasion was one that he has awaited since the day his name was called at this year's NFL draft. In his Zoom interview with Steelers team reporter Missi Matthews, he remarked that his preparation started shortly after the draft, and how he benefited learning from arguably the best passing rushing duo in the league, Tj Watt and Bud Dupree.
The upcoming days and weeks should see the player undergo a series of COVID testing as well as meetings. In these unpredictable times, they are aware of every measure that needs to be taken to ensure they field a healthy and productive team for the 2020 season.