The arrival of players at Saint Vincent College on Thursday will mark the Pittsburgh Steelers 54th consecutive training camp in Latrobe and the end of months without any real football to talk about. Players are expected to report by 4 p.m. ET on July 25, with cornerback Mike Hilton the only play not under contract as camp begins.
The first practice open to the public will be held on Friday, July 26 and the first session in pads is due to take place on Sunday, July 28. Fans will be able to attend as many as 15 practices over the coming weeks, with 13 set to be held at Saint Vincent College, one at Latrobe Memorial Stadium and another at Heinz Field.
Training camp with run until Friday, August 16, but the last practice open to the public will be held on Thursday, August 15. The ever popular “Friday Night Lights” session will be held on Friday, August 2 at 7 p.m. ET and the annual “Family Fest” event will take place on Sunday, August 4.
The Steelers first preseason game of 2019 will take place on Friday, August 9 at Heinz Field against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with their final matchup coming against the Carolina Panthers on August 29.
Pittsburgh will need to reduce their roster from its current total of 91 players down to 53 by 4 p.m ET on August 31, just two days after their final preseason game. As of September 1, eligible players can be signed to the practice squad, a group that can include 11 players once again this year as long as International Pathway Program player Christian Scotland-Williamson is among them.
At 12 a.m ET on September 5, the Rule if 51 will end and the Steelers will need to be in compliance with the salary cap, a point in the year that has traditionally marked the end of any ongoing contract negotiations the front office has been involved in, barring those close to completion.