The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up their Mandatory Minicamp practices on Thursday, and just like they did during their Organized Team Activities (OTAs), veterans got the day off from the last workout.
As stated by ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Steelers’ last workout was a gloomy day and lacked star power, but wrapped up a pleasantly uneventful minicamp.
The Steelers’ final minicamp day was cloudy and lacked star power. Several notable Steelers got the day off. Now players have 41 days to do whatever they want. Training camp report date is July 25. pic.twitter.com/JWA25G8Dx3— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) June 13, 2019
Regardless of who was given the day off, the Steelers focused primarily on their younger players to give them more experience and repetitions. Players like Mason Rudolph, Joshua Dobbs, the entire rookie class and all the others who round out the 91-man offseason roster received their coaches’ full attention Thursday.
Mike Tomlin spoke with reporters after practice and talked about why the team decided to focus on the younger players, what he expects from his players in between minicamp and training camp and much more.
Ultimately, the Steelers achieved the greatest gift from their offseason workouts. Through rookie minincamp, all three phases of OTAs and mandatory minicamp, the team remained healthy. In 2018 they had suffered two season-ending injuries, but this year left the organized practices unscathed. Having a full, and healthy, roster at their disposal entering camp had to be objective No. 1 for Tomlin and his coaching staff.
Check out the last time anyone will hear from Mike Tomlin until the players report to Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA at the end of July.
- Expectations are high for 2019
The Steelers have some lofty expectations this year, and they don’t care about their 2018 9-6-1 record. James Conner, Bud Dupree and Stephon Tuitt know how important they are to the collective reaching their goals, and that is what they talked about as minicamp wrapped up Thursday.
In too deep, almost time to apply pressure... pic.twitter.com/xiiR2bhMTg— James Conner (@JamesConner_) June 13, 2019