After a well-deserved day off, the Steelers, veterans and rookies alike, were back on the field at St. Vincent College for yet another training session, heading into their first preseason game against Tampa Bay on Friday.
Today's training camp storylines include a standout running back, a rookie struggling at tackling, and a receiver with too much physicality.
So Steelers fans, lets go!
Safeties Tre Norwood and Keanu Neal were not dressed and did not participate in today's session. Returning were rookie cornerback Joey Porter Jr. and safety Damontae Kazee, who had been sidelined with an ankle injury since week 1 of training camp. Defensive lineman DeMarvin Leal also returned, but at a limited capacity. Above all, the team had Minkah Fitzpatrick back for a full session.
Day 11 Highlights And Top Performers
Joey Porter Jr. Tackling Struggles
For the most part, Joey Porter Jr. has had a strong camp as a rookie. This day, however, was not one of his best days, as his weakness was fully exposed during 1-vs-1s, that weakness being tackling. According to reports, he missed four out of five opportunities. At one point, he was mentored by former Steelers safety Ryan Clarks and Minkah Fitzpatrick after a poor showing. No question, this is an aspect of his game that needs plenty of work.
Hakeem Butler Dominates Physically
At 6'5, 220+ pounds, Hakeem Butler decided that today was the day he was going to impose himself physically on everyone. Not only did he succeed, he dominated. This version of Butler is one that few want any part of.
Kendrick Green's Adventures At Fullback
As has been the case since their "Friday Night Light" practice, Kendrick Green took reps at fullback. During 11-vs-11, however, he missed a few key blocks. It was a reminder that Green is still a work in progress at his new position.
Jaylen Warren Had A Complete Day
Whether it was collisions with linebacker Mark Robinson Jr. in one-on-ones or gaining big yards in team drills, running back Jaylen Warren was easily the top performer of Day 11.