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Steelers Rookie Minicamp Recap, Day 1: The newest members of the team get their feet wet

The Pittsburgh Steelers first day of rookie minicamp is in the books, and it is time to check on how things went.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers were back on the field, sort of, Friday when the nine rookies, eight undrafted rookie free agents and a handful of rookie camp tryout players took to the UMPC Rooney Sports Complex for the first day of Rookie Minicamp.

Naturally, there wasn’t much news on the first day of the rookies getting acquainted with their new surroundings and teammates. Nonetheless, with the limited information put out to the public, we package some nuggets of information to give you a small taste of Steelers football.

Let’s dive right in...

First Look at Matt Canada Offense

Believe it or not, but the Matt Canada offense started to be unveiled Friday. While it was only the beginning of the process, players, and media, got their first glimpse as the new offense. Here is what some players, and the members of the Pittsburgh media who were in attendance, thought about it.

No Baby Gronk

Pat Freiermuth was in front of the media Friday, and one thing which became known to the public was his disdain for the nickname “Baby Gronk”. This was given to him during his time at Penn State for his number (87) and everyone comparing him to Rob Gronkowski. With the Steelers Freiermuth will wear No. 88, and he is hoping the Steelers’ global fan base can think of a different nickname for him. I think we all know what fans will say after his first reception, “MUUUUUUUTH!”

Red-Zone Monster

Freiermuth might want a new nickname, but one thing which is for certain are his capabilities in the red-zone. Most, including myself, didn’t know the crazy stat Bob Pompeani of KDKA put out on social media Friday night.

Big Shoes to Fill

When the Steelers announced their rookie jersey numbers, many fans were shocked Kendrick Green got the No. 53, especially just after Maurkice Pouncey retired this offseason. While Green wore the number since high school, he also understands the magnitude of what the number means to the organization.

Najee Turning Heads

The Steelers’ top draft pick didn’t speak to the media, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t turn heads. Even if it was just in stature alone...

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