The Pittsburgh Steelers pressed on towards the end of their 2018 Training Camp on Tuesday but, due to stormy weather, had to move the practice from St. Vincent College to nearby Latrobe High School. Wednesday practice will be closed to the public — the final practice before the team heads to Green Bay to play the Packers on Thursday night. Then, after the preseason game in Wisconsin, the Steelers return to their homes in Pittsburgh, leaving behind dorm life for another calendar year.
Nevertheless, a lot still took place at Tuesday’s practice. Ben Roethlisberger left practice early after taking a spill and banging his head on the turf. This occurred immediately after No. 7 orchestrated a phenomenal 7 shots series, and concerns suddenly shifted to the Pro Bowl quarterback’s health.
But there was still football to be played, and Roethlisberger’s understudies stood out on the final day of the 2018 Training Camp. As rough as camp started for rookie quarterback Mason Rudolph, he certainly ended it on a high note. While running the starting offense in the 2-minute drill, Rudolph moved the team down the field with ease to score a touchdown.
Mason Rudolph pretty impressive in two-minute drill. Starting from around midfield with the first-team offense, Rudolph went 6-of-7 with a bullet touchdown over the middle to JuJu Smith-Schuster. Scored with plenty of time to spare.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) August 14, 2018
Speaking of JuJu Smith-Schuster, he and James Washington have gotten nothing but rave reviews during this camp for their overall ability and what they bring to the team on a daily basis. It shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that Smith-Schuster was the player to cap off the 2-minute drill with a touchdown.
While Rudolph was impressive, Joshua Dobbs also showed up well when he got his turn running the 2-minute offense.
Josh Dobbs was solid, too. Missed a few throws but took the offense downfield for the score with several nice completions.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) August 14, 2018
The Steelers will get a close look at both Rudolph and Dobbs under game conditions on Thursday when the team travels to play the Green Bay Packers. How they perform individually, particularly Dobbs, will dictate how the team fields its wealth of quarterbacks once the regular season starts.
So — just like that — the Steelers training camp has wrapped up. They’ll have a private walk-through on Wednesday before hopping on a plane and heading for Wisconsin. When they return, players will be glad to be sleeping in their own beds back in 412 area code until the season ends . . . . hopefully sometime in February.
And so ends 2018 training camp for the Pittsburgh Steelers— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) August 14, 2018
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