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Steelers’ 2018 Training Camp Recap: Few surprises as players get acclimated on Day 1

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The Steelers were back on the gridiron for their first official day of training camp, and we’ve got the recap for you!

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The Pittsburgh Steelers technically reported to training camp on Wednesday, but the only thing accomplished on that day, other than moving in and talking to media, was the mundane conditioning test.

Thursday was when the fun began.

The Steelers took to the field for their first day of training camp, and although there wasn’t a ton of news leaving the fields at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, there were a few things certainly noteworthy.

First, what most wanted to see the most was how the defense lined up. No, not whether they ran a 3-4 or a 4-3, but who lined up at which position. Who played Inside Linebacker alongside Vince Williams? Who were the safeties, and at what positions?

Fans were given an answer to those questions, although on Day 1 it’s hardly set in stone. According to several sources, Tyler Matakevich was the starting inside linebacker, with Sean Davis at Free Safety and Morgan Burnett Strong Safety

Besides James Conner working as the starting running back and Marcus Tucker getting lots of reps, Eli Rogers started camp on the PUP list.

Other than the above information, it was a pretty typical first day at training camp. No one was particularly looking to suffer a pulled muscle or sprain on the very first day, so coaches will likely be waiting until Saturday when the players can put the pads on and start hitting each other for real.

But if you’re hungry for some nuggets of information, there were some of those coming from practice as well. Let’s dig into the Day-1 tidbits:

Pick Six

Artie Burns, going head-to-head vs. Antonio Brown as usual, took advantage of a poorly-thrown Ben Roethlisberger pass and took it the distance. At least he caught it...

Slim Ben

It looks as if Ben Roethlisberger is starting to take this conditioning thing a little more seriously entering his 15th season in the NFL. Hey, it only took 15 seasons...

OC Trinity

Ben Roethlisberger let it slip to reporters that Bruce Arians, his former Offensive Coordinator, will be working the Week-1 game at the Browns. Just imagine Arians, Todd Haley and Randy Fichtner all in the same room — man the stories they could tell.

First ‘7 Shots’ of the years goes to the ‘O’

Landry Jones hit James Washington for the deciding tally.

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