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Steelers OTA Recap, Day 4: James Conner talks two back sets, leadership and more

Time to check in on what went down at the UPMC Practice Facility for Organized Team Activities.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers were back on the practice field Tuesday for their second week of Organized Team Activities (OTAs), and as each sessions progresses, it is interesting to hear more from players who may have avoided the reporters in Week 1.

In this recap you hear from the likes of James Conner, Vance McDonald, Chris Boswell and even Mason Rudolph. To be clear, BTSC is not at the OTAs live, but simply follows along from those who are there and willing to share some of their insights on social media.

With that said, let’s get to some news:

  • James Conner spoke to the media Tuesday, and had some very interesting things to say about a lot of different things during his media session. This from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler:

Motivated by a trophy. Now that is a novel idea for a team who has their share of trophies in their team headquarters. Let’s hope Conner is building the foundation for a new team, and a new mindset moving forward.

  • Mason Rudolph, the second year quarterback from Oklahoma State, realizes his goal in 2019 isn’t to beat out Ben Roethlisberger, but to be the primary backup over Joshua Dobbs. This was his first full offseason, and he has certainly taken advantage of the time by studying the playbook and knowing the ins and outs of the team’s offense.

As for Rudolph’s long-term future, he decided to not talk about that...

  • Maybe one of the biggest news stories coming out of Tuesday’s workouts was none other than Chris Boswell meeting with the media. Boswell said all the right things, but still has to prove himself to the coaching staff before being given his job again in 2019.

See what he said, via Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Check out Boswell’s complete media session below:

  • One of the players who has drawn a lot of attention this offseason has been Vance McDonald. The talented tight end has been very vocal about the team’s ability to make up for the lack of Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell by being creative. This from Mark Kaboly of The Athletic:

Here is video of the interview, via Fowler of ESPN: