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Steelers 2020 Training Camp Recap, Day 13: Steelers successful in leaving camp a healthy team

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 on the field Friday for the last day of training camp, and head coach Mike Tomlin and crew were ready to get this new year started right.

When fans think of the entire training camp process, they usually think of the development of players, rookies and free agents new to the team, those great camp battles but for me it is all about health.

Can the team avoid those nasty, and unfortunate, training camp injuries?

In this regard, 2020 was a success for the Steelers. Other than David DeCastro unknown lower body injury, the Steelers are a team who is extremely healthy heading into the regular season. Even players who have the label as injury prone attached to their names, like James Conner, Eric Ebron, Vance McDonald and Stephon Tuitt, they are all ready to go for the upcoming season.

Music to my ears...

There was other news from Day 13 of training camp practice...

Let’s get to it...

Injury Report

Speaking of that DeCastro injury, here is a quick update from Mike Tomlin:

Good news was how Cam Sutton (calf) returned to practice Friday, as did Chase Claypool (undisclosed).

Banner on 2020

What is the difference between Zach Banner in 2019 and Banner in 2020? He knows what is at stake this season, and his chance to become the starting right tackle of the Pittsburgh Steelers. It may sound corny, but that isn’t something Banner takes lightly.

This per Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Day-to-Day for Edmunds

Terrell Edmunds has been banged up throughout training camp, but has returned to practice over the past week. This is an injury Edmunds said is a lower body injury, but he feels pretty good. He said he will be ready to go before the team travels to New Jersey to play the New York Giants on Monday Night Football in Week 1.

Banner will be back

Leading up to training camp, Zach Banner made a name for himself on social media. He posted about hot topics surrounding society and grew quite a following. However, he ditched social media during camp to focus on himself. It worked well, but don’t worry all you tackle eligible followers — Banner will be back this weekend.

Just gotta convert

Terrell Edmunds has had his share of opportunities since being drafted in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, but he hasn’t converted on many of those opportunities. He realizes this, and understands the criticism he has received. However, he also knows he can only convert on the opportunities which present themselves. Something he plans on doing a lot of in 2020.

Another weight loss success...kinda

So far James Washington and Benny Snell Jr. have been proud members of the Pittsburgh Steelers Weight Loss Club. You can count Zach Banner into that group, who has dropped down to 335 this offeason, but he isn’t done. In fact, Banner wants to drop another 5-10 pounds to make him lighter on his feet.

Communication is key

Playing along side a player like Minkah Fitzpatrick has to be fun. After all, the Pro Bowler and All-Pro safety had an immediate impact on the defense. Edmunds is looking forward to a second year with Fitzpatrick, and making a huge impact on the defense in 2020.


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

Live Look-In at Practice

Sorry fans, there was no live look-in for the final day of training camp.

Mike Tomlin Post-Practice Conference

Sorry fans, the Steelers didn’t put the Mike Tomlin press conference on Twitter.