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Steelers 2020 Training Camp Recap, Day 11: James Conner’s strong camp continues

The Pittsburgh Steelers were back on the practice field, and it is time to recap what took place at Heinz Field.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers were back out in pads again Wednesday, and head coach Mike Tomlin and crew were ready to get this new year started right. In the final week of training camp, the Steelers have started to conclude their strange and weird 2020 training camp at Heinz Field.

One mainstay throughout camp has been James Conner. Not only did he show up in tremendous shape, but he has stayed healthy throughout the duration of camp. No missed practices for a tight groin. No hamstring injuries. Healthy, for once.

Wednesday the Steelers removed Conner from some of the tackling periods, but it wasn’t an indication the team was trying to save him. Instead, it was more about the team wanting to give players like Anthony McFarland and others a chance to prove himself.

This per Brooke Pryor of ESPN:

After practice Tomlin spoke glowingly about Conner and the camp he has had. He praised his overall work, declared him good-to-go and applauded his conditioning level coming into this 2020 training camp.

This per Teresa Varley of

Getting through camp is one thing, getting through a regular season, something Conner has yet to do in his short professional career, is another. Will this be the year Conner stays healthy and available for all 16 games? Only time will tell.

There was other news from Day 11 of training camp practice...

Let’s get to it...

Players missed

Players who weren’t practicing on Wednesday were:

Other players who missed practice:

David DeCastro (lower body)
Stefen Wisniewski (veteran day off)
Kam Kanaday (knee, limited)

Marcus Allen on ILB

Marcus Allen has been getting a lot of publicity recently for his ability to possibly be a hybrid linebacker/safety in the Steelers’ defense. A lot like the role Mark Barron played in 2019. Allen is accustomed to the role, and doesn’t feel the adjustment will be that drastic.

This per Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Allen moved to ILB not new

Speaking of Allen potentially moving to ILB, this is not something which will be new to him. In fact, Allen told reporters via Zoom it is a position he played when he was at Penn State. A position in which he thrived.

This per Teresa Varley of

Allen not joining the Steelers’ weight loss club

So far this preseason, all the talk has been about players who have slimmed down heading into 2020. Ben Roethlisberger looks leaner than ever, Benny Snell Jr. has lost about 12 pounds and even James Washington has dropped about 6 pounds heading into the 2020 regular season. But don’t think Marcus Allen joined this club. In fact, he made sure to maintain his 215 pound physique this offfseason.

This per Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:


A recap of the day’s happenings, in audio form:

Live Look-In at Practice

Mike Tomlin Post-Practice Conference