2021 Steelers Training Camp Day 4 Summary

Photos: Karl Roser and Caitlyn Epes

With no days off, the Pittsburgh Steelers we in full effect at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex for their fourth training camp session, with less then three days till their first padded practice at Heinz Field.

Today's training camp storylines include a defensive back's evolving ball skills, Big Ben's deep ball, and a rookie who continues to impress his coaches.

So Steelers fan, let's go!


Injury Report

Pittsburgh Steelers center J.C. Hassenauer, who left yesterday's session early with an injury, was seen sporting a knee brace, according to ESPN reporter Brooke Pryor. Head coach Mike Tomlin has listed him as "day-to-day". With his status in doubt, one should not rule out the possibility of signing another center to give the team needed depth at that position. A new addition to the injury list was defensive back Antoine Brooks Jr., who left practice early with an injury. Though it was not characteristic as a serious injury, his status as the starting slot cornerback in the upcoming Hall of Fame Game could be determined by his availability in the next few days.


Terrell Edmunds' Improving Ball Skills

One of the areas fourth-year defensive back Terrell Edmunds has continuously worked on has been his ball skills. This past season saw Edmunds set career-highs in interceptions and passes defended. In today's practice, Edmunds registered a pass breakup in the end zone against receiver Juju Smith-Schuster, according to Steelers writer and analyst Nick Farabaugh. Assistant defensive and secondary coach Teryl Austin was complimentary of the improvements in Edmunds ball skills, and his belief that he can it to the another level this season.


Big Ben's Deep Ball

Veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's ability to throw the deep ball has been one of many aspects that has been scrutinized by various analysts. In today's practice, Roethlisberger's deep ball was in full display, which received rave reviews from Austin.


Pat Freiermuth Continues To Make An Impression

If one were to pick the most consistent performer in these training camp sessions, that person may be rookie tight end Pat Freiermuth. After yesterday's practice, he drew praise from offensive coordinator Matt Canada. Today, he made a statement with an impressive touchdown grab in the end zone. Tomlin noted about his daily preparation and how impressed he was with the young rookie. The true test should come next week when they start practicing in pads.

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