For the Pittsburgh Steelers, Saturday meant another training camp session at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. With their third training session in the book, they are only a four days away until the pads go on.
Today's training camp storylines: more losses to the offensive line, a rookie lineman mixing things up, and the release of the initial depth chart".
So, Steelers fans, let's go!
More Losses At Offensive Line
As it stands, the Steelers have very little depth at the center position. In today's session, their depth of was tested as rookie Kendrick Green was excused due to personal reasons. During practice, both BJ Finney and JC Hassenauer left practice early for undisclosed reasons. In the last few days, the Steelers have seen their depth at offensive line tested, with injuries limiting tackle Chukwuma Okorafor, and guard Kevin Dotson sustaining a minor on the first day.
Rookie Dan Moore Jr. Gets Physical
With multiple injuries affecting the offensive line, rookie Dan Moore Jr. played his fair share of snaps and got into scuffles on consecutive plays with defensive linemen Isaiah Buggs and Cam Heyward, according to ESPN reporter Brooke Pryor. When questioned, head coach Mike Tomlin noted this occurrence as the "competitive nature of football". Tomlin also acknowledged the objective of putting together a squad with a tough and physical mindset.
"We work our tails off to compete but keep it professional. We acknowledge sometimes tempers are going to flare & those things are going to happen. We are putting together a rough-&-tumble football group, not a MMA squad."
Steelers Initial Depth Chart Released
Following today's session, the Steelers released their 2021 initial depth chart heading into the Hall of Fame Game against the Dallas Cowboys on August 5. At running back, rookie Najee Harris is listed as the starter with Benny Snell Jr. as his backup. At quarterback, Mason Rudolph is listed as the team's backup behind Ben Roethlisberger, with Dwayne Haskins as the third quarterback.
The biggest surprise is at the center position, where B.J Finney is listed ahead of rookie Kendrick Green, who has so far taking most of the snaps with the first team. One should expect this chart to change before the team's first regular-season game, against the Buffalo Bills on September 12.