The Pittsburgh Steelers have had three training camp practices under their belt now, and while it is still considered “football in shorts”, the team has had plenty of news coming from these workouts.
After seven practices, the Steelers have had padded practices, practices in shells and of course those mandatory non-contact practices. Throughout it all the special teams sessions have been just work on side fields.
Thursday was the first time Mike Tomlin put some pressure on his kickers, and all eyes were on Chris Boswell. As you can see below, Boswell aced the test with flying colors...
Boswell nails 52-yarder to highlight 6-for-6 performance. Now 14-for-14 at camp.— James C Wexell (@jimwexell) August 1, 2019
This is just one day, but I think we can all agree it is a gigantic step in the right direction for the kicker who stumbled his way, figuratively and literally, through 2018. If he can keep this up, not only will he keep his job, but he will hopefully solidify a position many feel would have put the Steelers in the postseason last year had he not been as bad as he was.
Lets get to the other news from Training Camp...
A growing trend with Devin Bush
If you have been following the news from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, you could essentially take the tweet below from Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports and just copy and paste it.
Bush has been a pass break up machine for the Steelers, and just solidifies the thoughts of how he will be a calming presence in the middle of the defense, especially in coverage.
Walking wounded update
Several players missed some, or all, of practice. Here is a quick rundown:
• Sean Davis (finger) is out at practice, but not dressed.— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) August 1, 2019
• Ryan Switzer (quad) is wearing a sleeve, but practicing
• Donte Moncrief (fingers) is practicing
• Anthony Chickillo is back after not practicing yesterday
• Bud Dupree doesn’t appear to be a go today
There is no algorithm
When Alejandro Villanueva was asked about what it takes to improve on last season, his answer might have been one of the best of camp so far. Just read it for yourself below, via Missi Matthews of Steelers.com:
Al Villanueva has my favorite #SteelersCamp quote so far: "There is no magic, no algorithm we can steal from Amazon and figure out how we can be the best. The old recipe of hard work and dedication is what we are chasing here in Latrobe."— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) August 1, 2019
Can’t be worse than James Harrison, right?
Kameron Canaday left practice Thursday with a groin injury, and it made the Steelers have to utilize others for the long snapping duties. TE/LS Trevor Wood was the long snapper for punts, and Vance McDonald was on for long snapping on field goals. They couldn’t be any worse than when James Harrison had to do that against the New York Giants and snapped one out of the endzone for a safety.
Long snapper Kam Canaday left practice early with a groin injury and was taken for an MRI. In his absence, Vance McDonald snapped on field goals and Trevor Wood snapped on punts.— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) August 1, 2019
The Steelers had special guests at camp on Thursday, and those were NFL officials who were at camp and helping players and coaches get acclimated to the new rules.