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Steelers’ 2019 Training Camp Recap: Few surprises as players get acclimated on Day 1

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The Steelers were back on the gridiron for their first official day of training camp, and we’ve got the recap for you!

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The Pittsburgh Steelers technically reported to training camp on Thursday, but the only thing accomplished on that day, other than moving in and talking to media, was the mundane conditioning test.

Friday was when the fun began.

The Steelers took to the field for their first day of training camp, and although there wasn’t a ton of news leaving the fields at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, there were a few things certainly noteworthy.

One of the interesting aspects of the first day was how Ben Roethlisberger made it very clear he wanted certain things to change in 2019. The first change? Be on time.

While this seems simple, there was one particular player, who is now a member of the Oakland Raiders, who was constantly late for everything. While people talk about changes needing to be made, you can put this in a simple category that could make big changes.

Time to check in on some other news:

Keith Butler doesn’t like life without T.J. Watt

T.J. Watt is absent from practice with a slightly pulled hamstring, and you can count Keith Butler in as a man who doesn’t like not having one of his top playmakers on the field. Here is what Butler had to say not only about missing Watt, but also some other LBs on his defense:

Artie Burns not going down easily

So many fans want to write off Artie Burns, but almost all of the news coming out of the Steelers camp has been positive. While him resurrecting a once promising career might be a long shot, it isn’t impossible for him to become quality depth behind Joe Haden and Steven Nelson.

JuJu now helps with gender reveals

Gender reveals are all the rage now, and while I didn’t do one with any of our five children, this young couple went to Steelers Training Camp and got JuJu Smith-Schuster to help with their own unique reveal.

JuJu had himself a solid practice, outside of the gender reaveal

Don’t think JuJu Smith-Schuster hasn’t heard the noise about him not being able to be a No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL. It was only one practice, but JuJu put on quite the show.

Spreading the love

Ben Roethlisberger was spreading the ball around during the team’s goalline drill during practice on Friday.

7 Shots and Not-So-Good Dobbs

The Steelers offense won the first 3 out of 4 red-zone possessions with Ben Roethlisberger throwing touchdowns to multiple receivers, but when Joshuan Dobbs entered as QB2, he threw back-to-back interceptions and over threw an open Christian Scotland-Williamson on his third attempt.

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