Updated: Jul 30
13,000 fans packed St. Vincent Field on 'Back together Saturday' for the Pittsburgh Steelers' fourth day of training camp.
Head coach Mike Tomlin started the festivities by acknowledging the fans in attendance as well as former Steelers such as tight end Heath Miller, one of four inductees in the Steelers Hall of Honor. When the formalities were finished, the team went back to work.
The storylines for Day Four include: a better day for a rookie quarterback; a rookie tight end making plays all day; and a linebacker with serious coverage skills.
So Steelers fans, let's go!
Camp Injury/Participant Report:
S Minkah Fitzpatrick (wrist)
DL Tyson Alualu (knee)
S Miles Killebrew (pictoral)
WR Chase Claypool (shoulder)
TE Pat Freiermuth (Hamstring)
Receiver Chase Claypool was the newest member of the injury list due to a shoulder injury sustained during Friday's practice. Tight end Pat Freiermuth remained out with a hamstring injury he sustained on day two of training camp. Returning to action was cornerback Levi Wallace, who did not take part in yesterday's session with a minor injury.
Injuries to Cam and Connor Heyward
In Cam's case, his ankle gave out during one of the team drills, but he managed to make his way to the sidelines, according to reporter Dale Lolley's report. Connor's ankle injury came in the last sequence of "7-on-7s" based on reporter Nick Farabaugh's report.
Camp Notes And Highlights:
Defense Dominates Seven Shots and Kenny Pickett's Improvement
The Steelers' defense dominated the offense in 'seven shots' for a final tally of 5-2. The one silver lining to note is the successful conversion by rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett to receiver Tyler Vaughns. He would later connect with Vaughns during team drills. After struggling the first few days, today was a much better showing.
Receiver Tyler Vaughns Emerging?
Speaking of Vaughns, his day was solid. In addition to a highlight-worthy touchdown reception during "seven shots touchdown reception during "seven shots," he was Pickett's most reliable target. Though he has not been mentioned much, today's performance could be a step in the right direction.
Mason Rudolph Continues To Impress
Quarterback Mason Rudolph's stock continues to rise with each practice. Based on several reports, Rudolph was making completions of a high degree of difficulty, as this one described by Steelers beat reporter James C. Wexell.
Rookie George Pickens Incredible Skills
As captured by reporter and anchor Jack Hillgrove, Steelers rookie George Pickens shows persistent and excellent ball skills on this sequence during individual drills.
Connor Heyward's Productive Day
Steelers rookie tight end/fullback Connor Heyward was very active in today's session. He was seen consistently open in man or zone coverage during team drills, and scored a touchdown during "seven shots", according to Farabaugh. The most interesting observations came via former linebacker Vince Williams, who was in attendance, as he compared Connor to former receiver Juju Smith-Schuster.
Myles Jack Stands Out In Coverage
The newest Steelers linebacker, Myles Jack, made quite an impression with his coverage abilities. Whether it was during "seven shots", or in open space during team drills, Jack's athleticism shined in a big way this afternoon.
TJ Watt Doing TJ Watt Things
All-Pro linebacker TJ Watt was intercepting almost everything that came his way. No surprise to anyone, Watt was his usual impressive self throughout today's session.