The Pittsburgh Steelers were back in the pads for practice Monday, and fans got to see more physicality in drills like '7 Shots', active offensive line vs. defensive line, wide receivers vs. defensive backs and the most popular training camp drill -- backs on 'backers.
Let's take a look at all that went down at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA as the Steelers continue to march towards the 2016 season.
Injury report trumps all else
The Pittsburgh Steelers had been a fortunate group throughout the offseason workouts and the early portion of training camps. Other than a few "dings", as Mike Tomlin calls it, and some heat-related issues, the team hadn't suffered many injuries of note.
That all changed on Monday. It started when second year CB Senquez Golson injured his foot during practice and had to be carted off the field. The first onlookers weren't sure if it was an ankle or a foot injury, but Mike Tomlin confirmed it to be a mid-foot sprain after practice. Golson will be evaluated, and most likely treated day-to-day, barring a significant injury.
Golson's news wasn't the only injury news to note. James Harrison is now dealing with a minor ankle sprain. Other than those two injuries, Mandel Dixon was also carted off the field after being "dinged". All players will be evaluated.
With Golson out, who stepped in?
While most, including myself, thought the next man up after Golson left practice would be Artie Burns or Doran Grant, it was rookie Sean Davis. Davis played cornerback his Senior year at Maryland, and could fill in nicely as the No. 3 guy in the specific 3-safety sub package the Steelers ran often in 2015 with Robert Golden. Davis reportedly did a solid job subbing for Golson throughout practice.
'Grave digger' making an impression
The past two practices have seen a lot of one-on-one situations. While most are focused on the 'backs on 'backers' drill, there offensive line vs. defensive line is worth noting too. One player who has stood out to most would be Javon Hargrave, 3rd round rookie from South Carolina State. Hargrave's inside move, quickness and overall build has people talking playing time for the rookie, at least throughout the first week of training camp.
Offense takes their turn in '7 Shots'
So far the score is 2-2. The defense will win a day of '7 Shots', and the offense will answer the next day. This on-and-off series continued Monday when the offense, finally led by Ben Roethlisberger, scored on 5 of the 7 attempts. Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown for two scores, one Roethlisberger to Roosevelt Nix score, another to Xavier Grimble. If this current trend holds true, when the team practices again (Wednesday), the defense will dominate this short yardage drill.
Day off tomorrow
The Steelers will not have practice August 2nd. They will return to the practice field on August 3rd for an open practice at 2:55 p.m. EDT.
Tweets and Tidbits
Might not mean too much in terms of being in NFL "shape" but you wouldn't know Ladarius Green is injured watching him run 3/4 speed.— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) August 1, 2016
Ladarius Green (w/other "list" guys Phillips/ Sigler) continue to be conspicuous in doin lotsa running during practices,for what thats worth— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) August 1, 2016
Mike Tomlin Media Session
LIVE on #Periscope: Coach Tomlin addresses the media after practice at #SteelersCamp. https://t.co/3W6SgkmFnN— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) August 1, 2016
Pictures and Videos
✅— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) August 1, 2016
What does 130 catches everyday after practice look like? #SteelersCamp pic.twitter.com/3A5OyDp3yn— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) August 1, 2016
Snapshots from Day 4 include Antonio Brown's latest new toy making the rounds on campus. pic.twitter.com/xLFXSJuti3— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) August 1, 2016
"Hyphenated Mercyhurst," rookie RB Brandon Brown-Dukes of Mercyhurst, gets ready to catch a touchdown pass. pic.twitter.com/sGiz4ce7a6— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) August 1, 2016