Though it was not officially the first day of training camp, Steelers rookies and veterans alike arrived at Saint Vincent College as the beginning of their preparation for the 2023 season.
As expected, each player came in their own unique fashion. Rookie offensive lineman Broderick Jones arrived for his firsttraining camp by Uber from Pittsburgh,as reported by SteelersNow writer Nick Farabaugh. Long snapper Christian Kuntz arrived in unique fashion with a massage chair, while rookies Keaanu Benton and Nick Herbig rolled in with two carts of snacks.
For the veterans coming in, it was all business. All-Pro safety Minkah Fitzpatrick came in with the provisions needed for the week, but his mindset was on the outlook of the defense this season and what lies ahead.
"There are a lot of new faces, a lot of new pieces, he told Steelers editor Teresa Varley.
"There is a lot we have to learn about ourselves. Our main focus right now is taking it one day at a time, figuring out who we're going to be as a defense."
All-Pro linebacker T.J. Watt, who enters his seventh training camp, echoed this idea as well. Despite not making the playoffs last season, Watt and the defense will look to collectively build on what they accomplished from the second half of the season and become a unit that could carry the team into the playoffs and beyond.
"(We want) to be the best we possibly can. That starts with today, everybody being here."
Training Camp Arrivals
Rookies Keeanu Benton and Nick Herbig - with snacks
Running Back Najee Harris
Rookie Lineman Broderick Jones