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Steelers 2022 Training Camp Diary: Day Two

Back at it for Day Two of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2022 coaching camp. It solely took till the second day for the rains to pour in and oh boy, did they ever. One of the worst downpours I’ve been in since attending camp, although at the very least there was no lightning that impacted follow.

The group, nonetheless, did follow on the turf subject far-off from the bleachers. For awhile, it wasn’t clear if they’d return to the grass subject, that usually occurs however they stayed on the turf subject for the whole exercise, save for a few positional drills finished on the center and much fields away from the group. I used to be additionally unable to trace yards as a result of I couldn’t get sufficient really feel for that, although many of the performs made as we speak had been quick and beneath with deep pictures failing. Because of that, my notes are extra restricted than typical so I apologize for that. Things ought to be higher tomorrow.

That mentioned, let’s discuss what’s in my pocket book.

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Camp Notes (Day Two)

– Quick harm report replace. S Miles Killebrew (pec) didn’t follow as we speak. But his spirits appeared excessive, a cautiously optimistic signal his harm is short-term. Rookie EDGE T.D. Moultry (cramps) did carry his helmet onto the sector and I consider he labored as we speak however I don’t have him listed down in any of my group notes. I’ll test once more tomorrow however the harm appears minor even when he was restricted as we speak. WR Diontae Johnson didn’t work in group and solely went by restricted particular person drills. He did undergo strains when WRs had been working by themselves however didn’t run routes on air with the QBs throwing to them. That appears to be his plan in the interim. DL Larry Ogunjobi once more labored in particular person classes however not in group. Johnson and Fitzpatrick walked and jogged collectively on the center subject all through the follow.

– Arthur Maulet and Damontae Kazee first to hit the sector at 1:30, a half-hour earlier than the rain got here.

– Danny Smith had prolonged separate conversations with Johnson and Killebrew early on in follow. Najee Harris hung round close to Mike Tomlin and Matt Canada.

– Return line: Gunner Olszewski, Anthony Miller, Calvin Austin III, Tyler Snead, and Steven Sims.

– QBs once more engaged on transferring out of the pocket in a few of their early warmup drills. They’re often an indication of what you’ll see run later within the day throughout group. Here, they had been pivoting and spinning out on boots to the left.

– Kendrick Green and Kevin Dotson once more rotated as first-team LG however Green acquired first crack there as we speak. So the Steelers actually have it as an open competitors or at the very least are performing prefer it.

First-team OL (initially): Moore-Green-Cole-Daniels-Okorafor
Second Team OL: Scott-Dotson-Hassenauer-Leglue-Haeg

– Minkah Fitzpatrick and Tyson Alualu stay on their designated injured lists. Fitzpatrick caught tennis balls on the facet with each palms, together with his injured proper wrist, with a coach tossing them to him. Alualu did some strolling alongside the facet and did some walk-through planting on his injured left knee. Hopefully an indication of a sluggish however eventual return.

– Like yesterday, QBs and WRs engaged on jet runs. Some orbit movement with the participant crossing the formation one facet to the opposite after which pivot again and take the jet handoff in direction of the facet they began on. So align left facet, movement proper, come again left to take the ball.

– Offensive line engaged on zone mixture blocks. Two at a time with whichever going to the second stage primarily based on how the protection flows. New OL coach Pat Meyer additionally taking time to speak to the group early one, having the whole o-line circle round him whereas he went over a pair teaching factors with hand placement and footwork. Looked like go safety pointers.

– T.J. Watt is at all times working. Even throughout particular groups classes, Watt was on a separate subject engaged on his go rush strikes with Alex Highsmith subsequent to him. Watt is as energetic as anybody. Elite gamers is when nice expertise and nice work ethic mix and Watt possesses each.

– Some particular groups session notes. Should word rookie Connor Heyward was seeing time as a wing on the sector aim kick group. Heyward doesn’t have very best measurement for it and it’s extra possible different guys like Pat Freiermuth and Zach Gentry, who’re larger and longer, would really try this on gamedays.

– Yesterday, we talked about Tre Norwood working as first-team upback on the punt group. He nonetheless noticed work there however I noticed three strains of the punt defend unit. Here’s how they regarded.

First Team: Robert Spillane-Derrek Tuszka-Christian Kuntz the linemen left to proper. Marcus Allen the upback, Benny Snell the fitting wing. I don’t have notes on the opposite spots however that seemed to be the “starting” group with Allen the upman. So that’s an vital replace to what I wrote yesterday.

Second Team: Kevin Rader-Genard Avery-Christian Kuntz-Delontae Scott-Tuzar Skipper. Donovan Stiner at LW, Jeremy McNichols at RW, Tre Norwood because the upback.

Third Team: Buddy Johnson-Connor Heyward-Christian Kuntz-Jace Sternberger-Mark Robinson. Karl Joseph at LW, Mataeo Durant at RW. Jaylen Warren the upman.

– Some 7v7 notes.

– Benny Snell tried making an awesome toe-tapping catch alongside the fitting facet however couldn’t do it.

– Mason Rudolph hit Gunner Olszewski on a reasonably deep ball, throw and catch, down the left sideline. Olszewski confirmed some wheels to achieve separation alongside the sideline.

– Poor Chris Oladokun. For the second straight day, he didn’t see any work in group drills and I do know he didn’t get any on this 7v7 session. Don’t consider he did yesterday. I posted this clip earlier today of the QBs working in positional work and Oladokun doesn’t even have his helmet on. He is aware of he’s not going to want it a lot till/except a QB in entrance is unavailable.

First Team Session

1. Seven pictures returned after curiously being absent yesterday, the group specializing in a 3rd down session to begin as a substitute. My view of issues was semi-obstructed at factors and I’ll replace this publish if Steelers.com gives extra data with their recap. They’re usually good about it. Mitch Trubisky the QB with Kendrick Green at LG and Arthur Maulet, who noticed a number of time as we speak, the beginning slot. Chase Claypool, George Pickens, and Cody White the receivers. Trubisky fires left facet to Pickens. Believe it was caught however not 100% certain. (Update: team practice report says it was a TD)

2. Trubisky tries to throw quick center/left to TE Zach Gentry however the ball is jostled out of his palms and Devin Bush makes an opportunistic play to come back away with the INT. Good group protection.

3. Trubisky playfake. Fires to WR Anthony Miller left facet for what I consider is a catch and landing however I might want to double-check. (additionally confirmed a TD)

4. Little redemption for TE Zach Gentry and Trubisky hits him for the TD. SS Terrell Edmunds with the protection. Quick low-five from RG James Daniels to Gentry as he walks again and out of the tip zone.

5. Anthony McFarland checking in at RB, Mason Rudolph in at QB. Rudolph throw quick center/proper is a poor learn and Justin Layne steps in entrance. Did all the things proper however end the play, letting an INT by his palms. Wet soccer with the rain however a play that wanted to be made.

6. Rudolph appears to be like to hit TE Kevin Rader on a stick route proper facet. Good shut by Ulysees Gilbert III and Tre Norwood to interrupt up the go.

7. Derek Watt sidecar subsequent to Rudolph. Quick slant to WR Tyler Vaughn for the rating.

Second Team Session

1. Cody White, Chase Claypool, George Pickens the three WRs. Mitch Trubisky full to Pickens left facet with Cam Sutton masking.

2. Chris Wormley-Montravius Adams-Cam Heyward the three down linemen. Robert Spillane and Myles Jack the ILB pairing. Chase Claypool good palms catch working in opposition to Ahkello Witherspoon.

3. Damontae Kazee and Terrell Edmunds the first-team security pairing.

4. Trubisky rolls to his proper. Pass is tipped on the line of scrimmage, undecided by who, possibly TJ Watt, on a go supposed for Benny Snell in the fitting flat. Incomplete.

5. Mason Rudolph in at QB. Anthony McFarland in at RB. Anthony Miller within the slot. Rudolph fires deep down the left sideline for rookie WR Calvin Austin however James Pierre pins him him to the sideline, finds the ball, and breaks it up as they each fall to the bottom.

6. Rudolph hits Miller on a curl proper facet with Justin Layne masking.

7. Rudolph once more full, this time discovering Steven Sims proper sideline who drags a toe to remain inbounds and full the catch.

8. 12 personnel. Rudolph for Miles Boykin full left facet on a comparatively quick throw. Jeremy McNichols the RB. Tight ends on the sector had been Connor Heyward and Jace Sternberger.

9. Third group OL in with Jordan Tucker at LT, Chaz Green at LG, and Nate Gilliam at middle. Kenny Pickett in at QB. Wants Boykin left facet however the go is low and behind and picked by rookie UDFA Chris Steele.

10. Pickett boots and rolls to the fitting and tries to fireplace in the fitting flat however Delontae Scott sees, occasions his jumps, and bats the ball again. Incomplete.

11. Pickett full on a slant to Tyler Vaughns. Donovan Stiner first man there who greets him with a thud on this non-full contact session. Hitting received’t occur till Monday.

Third Team Session

1. Couple performs to begin I’ve missed in right here when it comes to full notes. Robert Spillane broke up a throw for Zach Gentry whereas Najee Harris dropped an tried display screen to the fitting facet. Maybe the Steelers will run a profitable RB display screen by 2053.

First play I’ve famous here’s a completion from Mason Rudolph to Jace Sternberger proper facet.

2. Rudolph tries to hit Gunner Olszewski on a deep nook/7 route proper facet however the go is incomplete and out of bounds, although Olszewski laid out to attempt to make a diving catch to no avail.

3. Rudolph hits Miles Boykin on a curl route left facet. James Pierre on high of him however Boykin was capable of safe it, although Pierre tried to argue the go hit the bottom.

4. Kenny Pickett in at QB. Looks to his left, cocks again however then opts in opposition to it and runs to his proper. Eventually connects with Anthony McFarland who reaches again and dives/falls to make the catch for a pair yards. Good adjustment and seize by McFarland.

5. Pickett feels some stress and rolls to his left to hit rookie Tyler Snead. Nice job by Pickett to maneuver whereas maintaining his eyes downfield. Snead will get a useful block in entrance from Tyler Vaughn. Tyler’s working in tandem. Gotta stick collectively.

6. Pickett full to Mataeo Durant over the center. Stiner first one there.

7. Donovan Jeter and Khalil Davis the DTs. Pickett hires deep proper facet for Tyler Vaughns. Felt just like the ball hung a bit and Vaughns needed to sluggish up for it, permitting Chris Steele over to try to make a play. Steele could have additionally barely mistimed it however his protection was sufficient and the throw a bit of too far to the fitting for Vaughns to get his toes inbounds. Did wish to see Pickett taking a shot however incomplete all the identical.

Fourth Team Session

1. Run session. Watt and Highsmith the EDGE rushers. Chris Wormley and Cam Heyward the DTs. Kazee and Edmunds at security. Ahkello Witherspoon and Cam Sutton the skin CBs, Arthur Maulet inside. Robert Spillane and Myles Jack at ILB. Najee Harris left facet. Looks like somebody poked the ball out on the finish because the protection swarmed round him. Cam Sutton got here away with the soccer and was very pleased with that reality, holding tightly onto the soccer.

2. Mitch Trubisky playaction. Throws down the center however Robert Spillane sees it, jumps it, and picks it off. Great learn and end by Spillane, who had a pleasant day as we speak.

3. Derrek Tuszka and Genard Avery the EDGE rushers. DeMarvin Leal rotating in as a nickel rusher. Harris carry left facet however sees nothing there and cuts all of it the way in which again to the fitting.

4. Ahkello Witherspoon and Levi Wallace the skin corners with Karl Joseph within the slot. Kazee and Edmunds stay at security. Benny Snell run proper facet. Good gap created by the o-line and Snell sprints by. Joseph first man to tag him.

5. Likely a would-be protection sack with Rudolph wanting left, proper, after which again center. Finally finds Anthony Miller over the center. Myles Jack with the two-hand contact.

6. Leal and Henry Mondeaux the DTs. Rudolph boot proper. Pulls the ball down initially earlier than firing proper facet for Olszewski. Pass is a bit of over his head and Olszewski can’t squeeze it as he falls into the protection’s sideline and the go is incomplete.

7. Pony backfield with Jeremy McNichols within the backfield and Anthony McFarland motioning throughout and takes the handoff on a jet run, one thing he did final summer season too.

8. Rudolph playaction. Good protection by the protection and Rudolph tries to fireplace it left facet to TE Jace Sternberger. But Karl Joseph is throughout it and the go is to the left, out of bounds, and incomplete.

9. Mataeo Durant run proper facet. DL Doug Costin acquired free and acquired penetration into the backfield. Not a lot working room right here.

10. Bokykin and Vaughn the 2 WRs with Sternberger and Rader the tight ends. Kenny Pickett fires downfield once more, this time left facet. There’s two receivers semi within the space however nobody shut sufficient to really make a play on it. Ball falls harmlessly incomplete.

11. Jaylen Warren carry up the center. Khalil Davis and Donovan Jeter attempt to tag him however Warren slides by as the 2 defenders collide into one another. Joseph comes downhill to tag him.

12. Kenny Pickett rolls left. There’s stress however he hits Warren beneath.

Camp Summary

– Again, simply two days, group not in pads. But I’d should say the QB that’s performed the perfect is Mason Rudolph, adopted by Mitch Trubisky, adopted by Kenny Pickett. Today is a follow Pickett would in all probability wish to neglect. Just struggled with accuracy, with the ability to drive the ball, and threw a choose. The different QBs haven’t been good both, all of them ought to’ve been picked as we speak (Pickett was, Trubisky was twice, and Rudolph ought to’ve been) however I’d rank them solely off the primary two days as Rudolph, Trubisky, and Pickett.

Steelers’ protection has been actually energetic. Four INTs over their first two days, together with three as we speak (Steele, Bush, Spillane). Offense goes by rising pains, I do know, however the protection can’t hit and it’s good to see them make so many performs on the soccer, deflections, prolonged protection, and picks. They’ve been sturdy.

– Will the Steelers use extra Pony with two working backs on the identical time? First little style of it as we speak with McFarland. At some level, in the event that they’re going to run it in camp, they should present it in sport, preseason and common season. Or it’s a waste of invaluable reps.

– George Pickens isn’t being eased in as a younger rookie. Tons of first group reps and alternatives early. They’re seeing what he can do early on and the influence he could make. Not a number of performs however he’s flashing traits two days in.

– Some of the undrafted corners exhibiting up a bit the final two days: Carlins Platel and Chris Steele. Some youthful names to observe within the again finish. And veteran Karl Joseph continues to indicate up in my notes. Hopefully the rain holds off tomorrow and I can report extra.

– Elsewhere, Justin Layne and James Pierre have stepped up the primary two days. Two guys who understand they could be combating one another for one spot. Bringing greatest out in every, maybe. That’s what makes camp nice and vital.

St. Vincent Snapshot

At the Steelers’ store as we speak. I’m undecided what precisely it’s, just a few poster board, however a photograph and caption of one in every of my all-time favourite Steelers, Gene “Big Daddy” Lipscomb. Had to snap a shot. The caption refers to his premature loss of life of a reported, although disputed, heroin overdose.

Twitter Camp Question Of The Day

It’s one thing Oladokun may do however that’s not the entire cause why you spent a draft choose on a participant. You may signal a QB that week, one thing Pittsburgh has finished, to imitate that. That’s a slim view of it. So I’d not name that the whole level.

Random Steelers’ Facts

The Steelers performed their first ever house sport on a Wednesday. They solely performed one Sunday sport in 1933 attributable to PA Blue Laws remaining on the books till that November’s elections.

George Carlin’s Quote Of The Day

“If you’ll scratch a cynic, you’ll find a disappointed idealist.”

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