With their first preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars less than two days away, the Pittsburgh Steelers were back in pads for their 14th training camp session.
With a large crowd in attendance at St. Vincent College, the team entertained the masses with live tackling rounds which featured the offense against the defense. Today's lively and physical session brought upon the following camp storylines: a UDFA running back continues to shine; a quarterback having a productive day; and a new running back seizing the opportunity.
So Steelers fans, let's go!
Camp Injury/Participation Report:
LB Ulysees Gilbert III (waived)
WR Diontae Johnson (hip)
FB Derek Watt (shoulder)
LB Marcus Allen (lower body)
OL Kevin Dotson (ankle)
LB Alex Highsmith (oblique)
RB Benny Snell Jr. (lower body)
LB Genard Avery (groin)
TE Zach Gentry (undisclosed)
DL Montravius Adams (ankle)
RB Jeremy McNichols (Injury reserve)
TE Kevin Rader (Undisclosed)*
*denotes injured during practice session
In addition to the large contingent of players unable to practice due to various injuries, tight end Kevin Rader limped off during team drills, per Steelers beat writer Dale Lolley.
Camp Notes And Highlights:
Mitch Trubisky Has Arguably His Best Day In Camp
Earlier today, Mitch Trubisky was announced by Steelers' head coach Mike Tomlin as the team's starting quarterback for their first preseason game against the Jaguars. In today's session he was seemingly in regular season form. Here is a sample of his productive day:
3 for 4 during the 'seven shots' drill.
Completion to receiver Steven Sims for a 70-yard touchdown.
Completion to rookie receiver Calvin Austin III which was taken for a touchdown.
Completion to running back Anthony McFarland Jr. during team drills.
Jaylen Warren Stock Continues To Rise
Perhaps the question at this point when it comes to Jaylen Warren is what can't he do? Since the first day in pads, Warren has been consistently one of the top performers in training camp. Today was no exception as he accounted for several big plays, including a run from a handoff which he took all the way for a touchdown. At this junction, Warren is seemingly in a class on his own compared to the other running backs not named Najee Harris. Fans may be watching a player that could become the team's No. 2 running back.
Introducing Master Teague III
With Benny Snell Jr. sidelined, recently-signed running back Master Teague made the most of his opportunities and presence felt, as his power and physicality were documented by analysts in attendance. In his collegiate days with Ohio State, Teague III was one of the most physical running backs in the Big Ten conference. In this video, Teague III displays his legendary power against UDFA cornerback Chris Steele.
(Video by @BWall)