The Pittsburgh Steelers had their last training camp practice Thursday, and while there are times it is still considered “football in shorts”, the team has had plenty of news coming from these workouts heading into the preseason.
Maybe it was fitting the Steelers’ 2019 camp ended the way it did, with an altered schedule and a couple weather shortened practices. After dealing with the death of wide receivers coach Darryl Drake, the team looked as if they wanted nothing more than to get out of Latrobe, PA as fast as possible.
Nonetheless, the team still had work to do, but before all of that took place the media were finally able to speak to some players who had yet to speak to the media about the loss of coach Drake, and what he meant to them.
Here is Ryan Switzer talking about Drake and how the loss can both impact his teammates, but also how it could eventually help motivate the 2019 Steelers.
Ben Roethlisberger also spoke with media for the first time in weeks Thursday, and he didn’t just talk about how coach Drake impacted his life in the short amount of time he spent with the Steelers, but his young wide receivers and what this camp has been like compared to others.
Check out the full media session below:
This wasn’t the only thing which took place at practice Thursday. The weather shortened practice saw the kickers get plenty of work.
Check out the breakdown by Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
The kickers were put to the test Thursday before the threat of lightning forced practice to wrap up an hour earlier than scheduled.
Boswell and Wright, the undrafted free agent who is challenging to unseat the incumbent kicker, each made 6 of 7 tries while kicking from distances spanning between 33 and 52 yards.
• Each kicker was successful from 33 yards, the equivalent of an extra point.
• Boswell boomed his 52-yard try through the uprights. Wright’s attempt from 52 was short and wide left.
• Each kicker converted from 40 yards.
• In a “mayday” drill in which special teams coach Danny Smith counted down from 12 seconds, Boswell missed his 52-yard attempt wide left. Wright sneaked his 52-yarder over the crossbar.
• Boswell and Wright each connected successfully from 33 and then from 42 yards.
• The “mayday” drill was run again from 52 yards. This time, Boswell made his attempt as did Wright.
Landry Jones news
For those who are pining for Landry Jones news, the former Steelers quarterback was one of the first players to sign an XFL contract with the upstart league.
Former #Steelers QB Landry Jones is the first player to sign an XFL contract. The XFL will sign 7 other leading QBs before its inaugural player draft in Oct & each team’s coach will select his QB just prior to the draft.— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) August 15, 2019
This wraps up the 2019 Steelers training camp, and the team now will head back to Pittsburgh for the rest of the Preseason and the 2019 regular season.
After turning down my interview request at noon, JuJu rallies big-time at practice. pic.twitter.com/CeHTFTriFw— James C Wexell (@jimwexell) August 15, 2019