The Pittsburgh Steelers were back on the field Saturday, eventually after rain delayed the start of practice an hour, for their second straight day of on-field practice.
The team didn't overextend themselves, nor should they early in the preseason, but they focused on individual workouts before doing some 11 v. 11 drills, without pads. Take a look at some of the headlines from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA on the first real day of Steelers Training Camp.
This offseason a great deal of conversation has stemmed from who will replace the dynamic playmaking ability of Martavis Bryant. The team re-signed Darrius Heyward-Bey, and second year wideout Sammie Coates look to both contend on claiming Bryant's No. 3 wide receiver position.
Although Coates had very little playing time as a rookie in 2015, he certainly looks as if he is ready to show up and turn heads. Those were waited through the rain delay, and through some rain while watching, were given a treat as Coates put on a show by catching many difficult passes throughout practice.
Just take a look at some of the tweets which were sent out during practice:
Sammie Coates having a day— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly_Trib) July 30, 2016
Bruce Gradkowski to Sammie Coates for a TD. Beautiful foot drag by Coates to score just inside the pylon. Nice toss by Gradkowski too.— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) July 30, 2016
Ben Roethlisberger to Coates this time. Coates laid out and made a beautiful diving catch— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) July 30, 2016
Coates w/catch of the day over Grant, keeps feet in. QB was Gradkowski— Chris Bradford (@BCTBradford) July 30, 2016
Coates with his 2nd catch of the day, diving all out TD grab— Chris Bradford (@BCTBradford) July 30, 2016
This is just one practice, but a solid sign of things to come for the Steelers if Coates can make these types of catches with regularity, and not just one day. This will be something to keep an eye on as training camp continues.
Shamarko Thomas was ill, and the only player not on the Physically Unable to Perform list who did not practice. Head coach Mike Tomlin said Thomas could miss a day or two until he returns to the playing field. Jarvis Jones was banged up on a play, but didn't miss any time and wasn't mentioned by Tomlin.
Offense gets revenge in '7 Shots'
Friday saw the defense get the best of the offense, but it was only a matter of time until the offense got revenge. It took the second practice for this to take place. The offense converted 4 of 7 opportunities into touchdowns. Antonio Brown had two receptions, with Le'Veon Bell catching another pass for a score.
Depth Chart Updates
Friday saw Alejandro Villanueva see time with the first team offensive line at left tackle, but Saturday it was Ryan Harris taking reps with the first team. With training camp being in the early phase, the coaching staff is giving each player the chance to prove themselves. This is about as honest of a competition as you will see in the 2016 camp.
Senquez Golson continued to man the slot with the starters, with Robert Golden again in the back end with Mike Mitchell.
Mike Tomlin Media Session
Photos and Videos
Kinda like this. pic.twitter.com/0pCCtOxTre— #SteelersCamp (@steelers) July 31, 2016
Offensive line picking up stunts in practice today. pic.twitter.com/JW0rMVQ9wc— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) July 30, 2016
TE Xavier Grimble attacking the blocking sled. pic.twitter.com/l1JtsY2zEi— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) July 30, 2016
No. 1 pick Artie Burns pic.twitter.com/xMIsBRwdfe— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) July 30, 2016
Snapshots from Day 2 include plenty of umbrellas in the stands at St. Vincent. pic.twitter.com/alG61jZTVQ— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) July 30, 2016