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 2 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 2 of Rookie Minicamp:
- Coach Tomlin Speaks
After Day 1 fans didn’t hear from Mike Tomlin, but that changed on Saturday when Tomlin held court to media for a brief press conference. He talked about expectations of rookies, how many of them could prove capable of playing in Year 1, and more.
Check out the interview below:
Coach Tomlin is excited to watch the rookies prepare for the NFL. pic.twitter.com/y2mFlc5ehc— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 11, 2019
- Diontae Johnson taking the day off
After Day 1 the majority of fans were wondering why Diontae Johnson didn’t participate in the team portion of minicamp. He said he wasn’t injured, but that might turn out to be a lie after he sat out most of, if not all, of Day 2.
Diontae Johnson, apparently injured, didn’t do much more than observe on the field today pic.twitter.com/4YJSeqzn2u— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) May 11, 2019
- Zach Gentry Speaks
The majority of rookies spoke to the media after Day 1. We got to hear from Devin Bush, Justin Layne, Benny Snell Jr. and Diontae Johnson, but one of the rookies who didn’t speak to the media was Zach Gentry. Gentry got his chance to talk after Day 2.
Zach Gentry believes this rookie class is acclimating well to life in the NFL. pic.twitter.com/v08RTG26iD— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 11, 2019
New O-Line coach Shaun Sarrett running the O-Line show pic.twitter.com/3nDZEaJdlQ— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) May 11, 2019
Zach Gentry draws a bead on a pass thrown his way (he caught it) pic.twitter.com/WHgKfzefa9— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) May 11, 2019
The Steelers will conclude their rookie minicamp on Sunday, and the team will continue their Phase 2 of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) until they hit Phase 3 on May 21st. Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold as they prepare for these offseason workouts.