The Pittsburgh Steelers were back on the field Friday at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, but they didn’t have their full compliment of players in uniform. No, it was just the rookies participating during Day 1 of Rookie Minicamp Friday.
Considering this is the first time the media, and fans, have gotten to see the newest members of the 90-man roster, there was plenty of news to decipher after the players ended practice.
In this recap we will give the majority of credit to those who were there by just highlighting the content which we are sharing.
With that said, let’s get to the news of Day 1 of Rookie Minicamp:
- Early defensive leader
Everyone leading up to the 2019 NFL Draft said Devin Bush is a leader in every possible way, and this held true for his first practice as a professional. Bush was calling the defenses, but was extremely vocal on Day 1. It is early, but a good sign early for the prized rookie of the 2019 draft class.
Devin Bush called the Steelers defense on his first day of rookie minicamp. His athletic ability was on display, but Bush said he was more focused on “being vocal as much as I could...trusting what I see.” Fellow rookie Justin Layne calls Bush “a dog” on the field. pic.twitter.com/RupzvS3OhI— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) May 10, 2019
- Welcome to Benny Snell Football
Benny Snell doesn’t lack confidence. This fact was known well before the draft commenced, but Snell didn’t shy away from any questions when he met with media after practice Friday. He talked about playing ‘Benny Snell’ football, and what that means...
Benny Snell talks about nerves, his possible role, and explains what 'Benny Snell football' is. pic.twitter.com/3mYlqBHXft— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 10, 2019
- Just the facts
As expected, Devin Bush was swarmed by media at the conclusion of practice, and he didn’t have much to say. He was confident, smart and knew how to word his answers properly. A good start for Bush both on and off the field.
How comfortable is Devin Bush in the black and gold?— DK Pittsburgh Sports (@DKPghSports) May 10, 2019
Well, he's already calling the defense a bit. It's literally Day 1.
Listen to his full interview from the Rooney Complex right here: #dkps #steelers pic.twitter.com/EPJW21NL5A
- Justin Layne talks
Layne talked about attending Michigan State, growing up in Cleveland as a Browns fan and playing against Devin Bush. Let’s just say he is happy to have Bush on his side for once...
From rivals to teammates, Justin Layne is loving life beside — not against — Devin Bush.— DK Pittsburgh Sports (@DKPghSports) May 10, 2019
He has that and more from the Rooney Complex after Day 1 of rookie minicamp. ( via @HunterAHomistek) pic.twitter.com/ImM1rUaAGM
- No. 84 already dished out
Well, didn’t take long for the equipment crew to hand out No. 84...
- No team drills for Diontae Johnson
For some reason the third round wide receiver didn’t participate in team drills today, but said it wasn’t due to injury. We shall see what Days 2 and 3 hold for the former Toledo product.
Third-round pick Diontae Johnson said he didn’t do any team drills on first day of Steelers rookie minicamp, but he said he is not injured.— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) May 10, 2019
- The number struggle for rookies is real
Benny Snell wanted No. 26. He didn’t care about Le’Veon Bell, or any type of legacy attached to the number, but he wasn’t able to get it since Mark Barron, a veteran, got dibs on the number.
Benny Snell will wear 24. Mark Barron got first dibs on 26.— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) May 10, 2019
- Locker Room News
For those who care about where players lockers are in the team’s locker room...
Steelers first-round pick Devin Bush was given Antonio Brown’s much sought-after corner locker stall. @TheAthleticPGH— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) May 10, 2019
- Video / Photos
Good hands from Devin Bush (55), even Ulysees Gilbert (54) pic.twitter.com/m0Vwxykx6f— James C Wexell (@jimwexell) May 10, 2019
Mike Tomlin keeping a close watch on Diontae Johnson pic.twitter.com/k9GyFY6CFQ— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) May 10, 2019
Justin Layne making a break on the ball pic.twitter.com/5g3RJNeQHP— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) May 10, 2019
DC Keith Butler taking an interest in Sutton Smith pic.twitter.com/ykNEKht7KL— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) May 10, 2019