With less than three days before this year's Hall of Fame Game, the Pittsburgh Steelers took to Heinz field for another spirited training camp session. With questions surrounding the offensive line, today's session marked the return of key players as they look for some synergy before their game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Today's training-camp storylines: a Golden Flash who flashed arguably the best catch of training camp, another camp scuffle between familiar foes, and a cornerback
who finally had a good day.
So, Steelers fans, let's go!
Injury Report -
Edge TJ Watt ( unknown )
Tight End Eric Ebron ( shoulder )
Offensive line Anthony Coyle ( maintenance )
Defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt ( unknown )
Edge Cassius March
Offensive line Kevin Dotson
Running back Jaylen Samuels
Offensive line Chuks Okorafor
Offensive line Zach Banner
Offensive line Trai Turner
Anthony McFarland - The Workhorse
Since their first pad session, one player that has made the most of his reps is second-year running back Anthony McFarland Jr. Whether he is being used on jet sweeps or flexed out as a receiver, offensive coordinator Matt Canada has been using McFarland Jr. in multitude of ways. In this afternoon's session, he was involved in almost every offensive sequence with only one drop on a slant route. Inevitably, the amount of repetitions took its toll.
Isaiah McCoy Makes The Highlight Reel
For much of this year's training camp, receiver Isaiah McCoy out of Kent State has made little noise. In this afternoon's session, he made his presence felt with a highlight-worthy, one-handed 40-yard reception down the sidelines, as reported by Steelers analyst Nick Farabaugh, a play Farabaugh noted as potentially the best reception in camp so far.
Rico Bussey Is Making His Case For A Roster
The biggest revelation at this year's Steelers Camp has been undrafted receiver Rico Bussey. In each pad session, he has risen to the occasion with his speed, route-running abilities, and excellent catches. In this afternoon's session, he registered an impressive one-handed grab from a pass by quarterback Dwayne Haskins from behind his head. Bussey stock continues to rise with every session as he continues to make his case for a spot on the roster.
Dan Moore Jr. vs Cam Heyward II
Back on July 24th, rookie offensive lineman Dan Moore Jr. and veteran defensive lineman Cameron Heyward got into the first training-camp scuffle. This afternoon, both adversaries met up again, along with fellow rookie lineman Kendrick Green. It is the type of scene that would likely make offensive line coach Adrian Klemm as he continues to establish a gritty mentality onto his pupils.
Justin Layne Finally Has His Day
With all the documented struggles of third-year cornerback Justin Layne, this afternoon was very different as he recorded pass breakup on receiver Anthony Johnson, and a forced fumble on running back Anthony McFarland Jr. during team drills. As it stands, Layne is well behind fellow cornerback James Pierre in their camp competition for the nickel position. Layne will require strong performances in the upcoming preseason games if he looks to win a spot on the defensive unit.