For those keeping score at home, you might have noticed a recap of Pittsburgh Steelers Organized Team Activities (OTAs) Day 7 was missing. No, I didn’t fall asleep on the job, or forget my daily duties to the loyal readers of BTSC. Rather, the Steelers were given their usual day off by Mike Tomlin. Which means one thing...
Dave and Busters!
Every year Tomlin gives the team off one day of OTAs to go and do some “team building” at the local arcade. Do people still call them arcades? Anyways, the Steelers were out having fun and enjoying the day off. Before fans bemoan Tomlin for giving his players a day off during voluntary workouts and labeling him as “soft”, hopefully they remember how Bill Cowher used to take his team to a movie during the same workouts to give them a break from the monotony of the offseason.
So, here's a quick recap of what took place on the day off. It wasn’t all fun and games, as the Steelers’ rookies also visited Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh to bring some smiles to some young fans' faces.
Tomlin: "You put them in a competitive environment, no matter what it is, and they do what they do."— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) June 4, 2018
It doesn't matter if it's tackles, tickets, shooting hoops, or catching passes, our guys are competing on and off the field. pic.twitter.com/BILpxUogkN
Edmunds: "We're helping by bringing them smiles, playing with them, showing them we care about them and they have someone that's praying for them."— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) June 5, 2018
Our rookies brought smiles and fun to some of our biggest fans at @ChildrensPGH. pic.twitter.com/B3fD3umnZ2
Day 8 had the Steelers back on the football field, and attendance continues to be an ongoing thread at the workouts. For those scoring at home, Le’Veon Bell hasn’t shown for any workouts, Ben Roethlisberger has attended one and Antonio Brown just two.
Steelers OTA 8 - No Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown again. 7 in a row for Ben, 6 in a row for AB. @TheAthleticPGH— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) June 5, 2018
Yes, these workouts are voluntary, and no it doesn’t really matter if these veterans are absent from the workouts. But at the same time, isn’t it a bit strange? Brown is known for not missing workouts, and Roethlisberger has been vocal about his displeasure with the organization for drafting Mason Rudolph.
I’m not about to suggest there is underlying tension between the superstars of the team and the organization but, nevertheless, their absences are noted. If they show up to mandatory minicamp at the end of the month, this then becomes a non-issue.
But don’t think for a second their teammates don’t notice No. 7 and No. 84 aren’t in attendance. This from Jeremy Fowler of ESPN:
Steelers TE Xavier Grimble on absence of Ben Roethlisberger/Antonio Brown at OTAs: "I know they are somewhere working. It’d be nice to have them, but at the same time, there are guys getting hurt (out here). It would suck for one of those guys to go down.”— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) June 5, 2018
Grimble implies the quarterback/wide receiver tandem is working out somewhere. This is certainly a possibility but, if true, would add just another level of strange behavior from the duo.
In lighter news, Mike Hilton isn’t just lighting it up on the field for the Black-and-gold, he's making big moves off the field too. As he recently got engaged to his girlfriend, all of us here at BTSC wish him a hearty CONGRATS!
Steelers DB Mike Hilton got engaged to his girlfriend, Chassidy Copeland, on Sunday at the Point. "It was the most nervous I've ever been. It was probably one of the most nervous moments of my life."— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) June 5, 2018
More stories will be reported in the coming days from players who met with media after the workout. In the meantime, digest some video below, and be sure to stay with BTSC for the latest and greatest news surrounding the Black-and-gold.
Bob and Mike take you onto the sidelines at OTAs to discuss recent roster moves, upcoming minicamp, productive competition and more. pic.twitter.com/AFT6A2l1PP— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) June 5, 2018