The Pittsburgh Steelers and their fans were treated to another beautiful, sunny afternoon as they took the field at St. Vincent College for their sixth training camp.
With each practice, it seems a new player emerges and makes a name for themselves. Today's session brought upon the following storylines: a rookie quarterback having his best day, a veteran quarterback having a rough day, and a UDFA running back that is quickly rising.
So Steelers fans, let's go!
Camp Injury/Participation Report:
S Minkah Fitzpatrick (wrist)
DL Tyson Alualu (knee)
S Miles Killebrew (pectoral)
WR Chase Claypool (shoulder)
LB Marcus Allen (lower body)
TE Pat Freiermuth (Hamstring)
CB Levi Wallace (Unknown)
RB Jeremy McNichols (Unknown)
RB Najee Harris (ankle/toe)
New on the list was running back Najee Harris, who sustained a foot/ankle injury during team drills on Day 5. The injury was not noted as serious, per head coach Mike Tomlin.
The biggest news of the day involved Pro-Bowl receiver Diontae Johnson. After not partaking in yesterday's pad session, Johnson was seen in pads and regular football spikes, per a report from Steelers beat writer Dale Lolley. As it turns out, he did not partake in any of the team drills.
Camp Notes And Highlights:
Defense Dominates In 'Seven Shots' Again.
For the third straight practice, the defense won by a score of 5-2 in the "seven shots" drill. Quarterback Mitch Trubisky failed to convert any touchdowns, while rookie Kenny Pickett and Mason Rudolph contributed one touchdown each.
A Giant Leap For Kenny Pickett
For the second straight day, rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett started with the second-team offense and had arguably his best day. Based on reports, Pickett was consistently making completions in different drills. According to analyst Nick Farabaugh, he accounted for the offense's first touchdown while being blitzed. During team drills, he registered a big completion to running back Benny Snell Jr. and one to receiver Steven Sims. Pickett did a bit of everything today, as his confidence is starting to grow.
Rough Day For Mitch Trubisky
On the other end of the spectrum, it was not a good day for Mitch Trubisky. In addition to registering no touchdowns during "seven shots", he accounted for an interception and was sacked during team drills, according to analyst Nick Farabaugh's report.
UDFA Jaylen Warren Keeps Impressing
A name for Steelers fans to remember is undrafted running back Jaylen Warren. The former standout out of Oklahoma State has been one of the top performers since their first day in pads. It is evident that his physicality is overwhelming some of the defense, notably linebacker Ulysees Gilbert III, as described by Farabaugh.
Full Day For Benny Snell Jr.
For the fourth-year running back, he was involved in everything today. Whether he was getting into a scuffle with defensive lineman Cam Heyward, or breaking big runs in team drill, Benny Snell Jr. made his presence felt from the very beginning. Lately, the competition for backup running back has been fierce, and Snell Jr. needed a day like this.
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BIG PLAY ALERT!
Quarterback Mason Rudolph completes a 40-yard pass to rookie receiver Calvin Austin III. Rudolph so far has been impressing with both his arm strength and accuracy.
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