The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up their 10th, and final, Organized Team Activities (OTAs) session, and in doing so those 2019 NFL Draft picks have been put through the proverbial ringer.
Learning new playbooks, being pushed to the limits mentally and having to adapt to the speed and style of the National Football League. Judging by the success, or should I say failure, of many draft picks across the league, not everyone can handle the transition.
Steelers fans have been waiting patiently to hear from all nine of the Steelers’ draft picks throughout the three week OTA process, and on the last day they get to hear an in-depth interview with their second pick, former Toledo WR Diontae Johnson.
Take a look, and listen, at Johnson had to say with his first OTAs under his belt, now preparing for his first minicamp and eventually training camp.
.@Juiceup__3 is focused on making every day productive headed into his first NFL season. pic.twitter.com/mzJesVbUb9— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) June 6, 2019
- Mason Rudolph chimes in on his role on the team
Fans have heard a lot from Rudolph so far this offseason, and of course the quarterback is saying all the right things, but one thing is for sure — Rudolph will be given every opportunity to win the backup spot behind Ben Roethlisberger.
Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph says he’s gotten ‘a lot’ more first-team reps this year than last when Ben Roethlisberger gets rest, isn’t concerned with how long he might need to wait to play meaningful snaps. pic.twitter.com/MfiYgwGJ2N— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) June 6, 2019
- Recapping OTAs
Check out Charlie Batch’s thoughts on Steelers OTAs and where the team is headed as they approach the 2019 regular season.
.@missi_matthews & @CharlieBatch16 talk about what to expect as the team heads into minicamp, Ben Roethlisberger and more. pic.twitter.com/CZsN4unF5t— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) June 6, 2019
- Actual football drills!
Take a look at some speed and pursuit drills here...don’t look now but it actually looks like football!!
Last OTA for the #Steelers today. Mandatory Mini Camp starts next Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/oFKC7VK72z— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) June 6, 2019
Linebacker vs. ball carrier drill. Mike Tomlin paired T.J. Watt with receiver Eli Rogers, and Watt didn’t disappoint. pic.twitter.com/ta7a00ogC6— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) June 6, 2019
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger gives the wide receivers instruction during OTA’s Thursday, June 6, 2019, at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, Pittsburgh. pic.twitter.com/qEmSSbKMoN— Peter Diana (@peterdianapghpg) June 6, 2019