2022 Steelers Training Camp - Practice Day 12 Report
The early start and inclement weather did not stop the Pittsburgh Steelers from taking the field at St. Vincent College.
Even with the earlier start, it was a spirited session that presented the following storylines: a running back with the run to end all runs, a rookie quarterback having an "up-and-down" day, and a rookie receiver that continues to shine.
So Steelers fans, let's go!
Camp Injury/Participation Report:
LB Ulysees Gilbert III (ankle)
WR Diontae Johnson (hip flexor)
FB Derek Watt (shoulder)
LB Marcus Allen (lower body)
OL Kevin Dotson (ankle)
LB Alex Highsmith (oblique)
LB Genard Avery (groin)
TE Zach Gentry (unknown)
TE/FB Connor Heyward (unknown)*
DL Montravius Adams (ankle)*
RB Jeremy McNichols (Injury reserve)
*denotes injured during practice session
As confirmed by several reports, a little over two weeks after being sidelined with a pectoral injury, safety Miles Killebrew returned to action. The new player on the inactive list was tight end Zach Gentry, who did not practice due to an unspecified injury. The new additions to the injury list were defensive lineman Montravius Adam (ankle) and rookie tight end Connor Heyward who both sustained injuries during the practice session.
Camp Notes And Highlights:
Jaylen Warren With The Run To End All Runs
Throughout this year's training camp, few players have been as consistently impressive as UDFA running back Jaylen Warren. In what has been a superb camp for him thus far, he took it to another level with one of his runs during team drills, as described by Steelers beat writer Dale Lolley.
The Secondary Making Splash Plays
During team drills and 7-on-7s, there were multiple reports of defensive backs making splash plays. As reported by SteelerNation.com managing editor, Brandon James Wallace, cornerback James Pierre recorded a diving interception off quarterback Kenny Pickett. Several plays later, quarterback Mason Rudolph's pass was tipped and intercepted by cornerback Justin Layne. Lastly, veteran safety Minkah Fitzpatrick collected his share of passes defended during team drills.
George Pickens Is The Real Deal
Since day one of Steelers camp, no one has shone more than rookie receiver George Pickens. With much hype surrounding his potential, he put on a show today against Cam Sutton in one-on-ones and continued to show his ability to make combat-type catches. Simply put, he's been the camp's most outstanding performer, and he continues to prove it.
The Kenny Pickett Rollercoaster Camp
To say the least, rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett's first training camp has been filled with peaks and valleys. As described by ESPN's Brook Pryor, the day he had was an encapsulation of his experience as a rookie so far.
Delontae Scott Is Quietly Rising
A player that has appeared in several camp analyst reports has been linebacker Delontae Scott out of SMU. During the course of camp, specifically team drills, Scott has quietly gone about his business making tackles and various plays on the field. He may not be as flashy as Myles Jack, but he has been just as productive during this training camp.