After a well-deserved day off following their first preseason win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Steelers were back in pads on the field at St. Vincent College for their 13th training camp session.
With only three more open practices remaining, time is winding down for rookies, undrafted players, and practice squad players alike to make their case for a chance at a spot on the active roster before cutdown day.
Today's training camp storylines: A long list of injuries, a strong day for a rookie lineman, and the end of the Green fullback experiment?
The fallout from their first preseason game was a laundry list of players who did not participate due to various injuries. The noted players include: LB Nick Kwiatkoski (shoulder), DB Duke Dawson (knee), DL Larry Ogunjob (unknown), DB Tre Norwood (hamstring), DL Keeanu Benton (unknown), and RB John Lovett.
Returning back were rookie cornerback Joey Porter Jr., who did not play in their first preseason game, and defensive backs Damontae Kazee and Keanu Neal.
In additional news, linebacker Chapelle Russell II was waived by the team with an injury designation.
Day 13 Highlights and Top Performers
Kendrick Green Back At Offensive Line
Fans have enjoyed the idea of offensive lineman Kendrick Green playing at fullback during this year's training camp. By all appearances last week, it seemed as if it was going to happen. According to reports, however, Green was back working exclusively with the offensive lineman. Considering his poor showing in their preseason game against the Buccaneers on Friday, this outcome comes as a bit of a surprise.
Is The Green Experiment Truly Over?
During 11-on-11s, Green did take snaps at fullback and made the most of them. In one sequence, he made a highlight-worthy play at the expense of cornerback James Pierre.
Kenny Redeems Himself
After a poor showing in "seven shots", quarterback Kenny Pickett was his usual efficient self during team drills. At this point, Pickett is far and away the team's QB 1.
Broderick Jones Was A Star On Day 13
Perhaps it was the fact he played 49 snaps in his NFL debut on Friday against Tampa Bay, but rookie Broderick Jones had arguably his best day at training camp. In addition to neutralizing fellow rookie Nick Herbig, he took 2 of 3 rounds against defensive lineman DeMarvin Leal in one-on-ones. Jones confidence continues to grow with each outing.