Since the Pittsburgh Steelers preseason game last Saturday against the Seattle Seahawks, head coach Mike Tomlin made sure this week that the team would fully acclimate to the physicality of the game by continuing padded practices.
Day 19 would not be an exception, as the team took the field with fans in attendance for their last public practice, with only two days until their preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Today's practice presented the following camp storylines: the last "seven shots" of the year; a UDFA winning the backup job; and the longest touchdown of this year's training camp.
So Steelers fans, let's go!
Camp Injury/Participation Report:
DT Cam Heyward (ankle/foot)*
LB Marcus Allen (lower body)
RB Master Teague III (Waived)
LB Alex Highsmith (oblique)
DL Montravius Adams (ankle)
WR Calvin Austin III (lower body)
*denotes injured during practice session
The biggest story involved All-Pro defensive lineman Cam Heyward. According to various reports, Heyward was injured during one of the sequences of the "seven shots" drill. He was reportedly carted off, only to return to the sidelines later in the session.
Camp Notes And Highlights:
One More 'Seven Shots'
The last edition of the "seven shots" drill had a bit of a twist as it involved crowd noise. As reported by analyst Nick Farabaugh, the offense came out on top by a score of 4-3. Quarterback Mason Rudolph accounted for the winning touchdown pass to receiver Tyler Snead. Kenny Pickett accounted for touchdown passes to receivers Christian Blake and Miles Boykin. Lastly, quarterback Mitch Trubisky contributed a touchdown pass to tight end Pat Freiermuth.
Jaylen Warren Wins The Backup Running Back Job?
Since the first day of training camp, few players have been as consistently impressive as undrafted free agent running back Jaylen Warren. During the "seven shots" drill, Warren worked with the first-team offense. Lolley also confirmed that Warren may have won the backup running back job from Benny Snell Jr.
Trubisky Hits It Big
This year's training camp has had its fair share of big-time plays. As reported by Steelers/Pitt analyst Nick Farabaugh, arguably the biggest happened during team drills as Trubisky hooked up with a 99-yard touchdown. To say the least, Trubisky had his day in camp and looked to be in midseason form.
Cody White Having Himself A Day
Although receiver Cody White has not garnered the same type of attention as George Pickens or Calvin Austin III, he has quietly had a strong training camp. On this day, he put together an incredible performance that included a one-handed grab from Rudolph and a 35-yard touchdown from Pickett.