This seems like a good time to remind everyone reading this who roots for the Pittsburgh Steelers to remember that Organized Team Activities (OTAs) are completely voluntary. If a player is under contract, they do not have to show up and practice. In other words, if a player takes a day off, the team cannot fine them any amount of money considering the workouts are not mandatory.
With that said, several veterans, including Ben Roethlisberger (as seen in the image below), took the final day of Week 2 of OTAs off. But there is one veteran who just can’t stay away, and that would defensive captain Cameron Heyward.
The #Steelers QBs at OTAs today. Ben Roethlisberger, like a whole slew of veteran players, was not amongst them on the field. pic.twitter.com/pPdTmzNT9Q— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) May 30, 2019
According to Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network, Heyward just can’t stay away. If he does, he says he feels, “clumsy, or out of sorts.”
#Steelers DE Cam Heyward was one of few vets at today’s (voluntary) OTA. Said for him, these sessions are helpful: “I feel clumsy, or out of sorts, if I don’t get the work in.” As for his presence setting an example, he said, “I don’t know if it does, but it can.”— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) May 30, 2019
Heyward sets a tremendous example for the younger players on the team’s roster, and is a breathe of fresh air for the team after the 2018 chaos and drama.
- Mason Rudolph speaks
There is a lot of news surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers’ second year quarterback, and his approach to this 2019 season couldn’t be more perfect.
Couple minutes I just spent with Mason Rudolph, who most definitely does NOT see himself as stuck at No. 3 on the depth chart. #DKPS #Steelers pic.twitter.com/iJp63g0DBR— Dejan Kovacevic (@Dejan_Kovacevic) May 30, 2019
- The Kicker Whisperer
According to Aditi Kinkhabwala, of the NFL Network. Shaun Suisham was seen at Steelers OTAs talking to Chris Boswell. Suisham was brought into Steelers practices last year to work with the struggling kicker, and it seems as if Suisham is continuing his support of the troubled kicker.
Former #Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham, who came in late last year to work w/ the then-struggling Chris Boswell, was out on the field today, again chatting w/ Boswell.— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) May 30, 2019
Boswell missed 5 PATs, went 13-20 on FGs in 2018; Matthew Wright (77% on FGs at UCF) only other K here now.
News and notes from OTAs:
Really like Trey Edmunds. He got around Devin Bush here. @TheAthleticPGH pic.twitter.com/AeTNw1E4ua— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) May 30, 2019
Neat new drill new RB coach Eddie Faulkner brought with him this year. pic.twitter.com/brkDvuceL5— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) May 30, 2019
RBs and LBs. #Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was definitely into this drill. pic.twitter.com/bs3KzWZa3m— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) May 30, 2019