It isn’t Saint Vincent College, but it hasn’t been Latrobe, PA since 2019. The Pittsburgh Steelers are taking in their 2021 Training Camp between Heinz Field and their UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the Southside of Pittsburgh.
What went down during the latest training camp practice? That is where this article comes in. Check out all that was said, as well as photos and videos from the day’s workouts.
Here we go...
Every year, in every training camp location, there are camp scuffles. Some might be more scuffles, while others are full blown fights. Those who have been Pittsburgh Steelers fans long enough remember the fights between a young Antonio Brown and veteran Ike Taylor.
How long would it take for the fights to break out in this 2021 training camp? As it turns out, three practices.
During Saturday’s workout, it was a rookie trying to make a name for himself. Fourth round draft pick Dan Moore Jr. got into multiple scuffles with defensive linemen. This from Brooke Pryor of ESPN:
Had our first training camp scuffle today. Rookie tackle Dan Moore Jr. got into it with Isaiah Buggs and Cam Heyward on consecutive plays.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 24, 2021
Outside of the fact Moore might want to find someone other than Heyward to engage with, if anything it shows the rookie from Texas A&M is willing to put up a fight.
Now let’s get to more news from the Saturday practice...
Spillane can do more than hit
As expected, Robert Spillane is now the starting ILB next to Devin Bush, and while many think of him as just a thumper in the run game, Spillane showed off some hands with a nice one-handed interception of Mason Rudolph. This isn’t the first time Spillane got his hands on a football, last season it was Spillane’s pick-six of Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens which sparked the defense to a victory.
Standout play of the day: ILB Robert Spillane intercepted Mason Rudolph with a one-handed snag on a pass intended for Ray Ray McCloud— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 24, 2021
Beat up Offensive Line
It is early in camp, but never a good thing when all your centers are not available. Kendrick Green was given the day off for personal reasons, and both B.J. Finney and J.C. Hassenauer left practice on their own power. Green is expected to be back for Sunday’s practice.
Coach Tomlin said they were thin at OL today because Kendrick Green had the day off for a personal matter (back tomorrow) and BJ Finney and JC Hassenauer left under their own power.— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) July 24, 2021
Get out the pitchforks and torches
Some Steelers fans absolutely hate when Ben Roethlisberger gets a day off. Well, if that is you, you might want to go get your pitchforks and torches and storm the Steelers’ UPMC Rooney Sports Complex after Roethlisberger had the day off.
Ben Roethlisberger was off today, giving Steelers another extended look at Mason Rudolph, Dwayne Haskins and Josh Dobbs. pic.twitter.com/bcFmLpfCuL— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 24, 2021
Not only do the Steelers typically follow this plan with Roethlisberger, but the team wants to get an extended look at Mason Rudolph, Dwayne Haskins and Joshua Dobbs.
Ben Roethlisberger had the day off today. That is typical for him. For years now they've had him go one day full, one day half and then a full day off during camp. Today was the third day.— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) July 24, 2021
Ingram being used in multiple ways
The Steelers have a very versatile weapon in their newest defensive addition, Melvin Ingram. Ingram is showing he is capable of not just rushing from the outside, but also playing some on the interior of the defense in an almost inside linebacker look. As Mike Tomlin always says, the more you can do the better.
Melvin Ingram was lining up at multiple spots today on the defense. Both are outside rusher and as a standup rusher over the B and the A gap.— Nick Farabaugh (@Nick_Farabaugh) July 24, 2021
Ingram says the Steelers have asked him to do it, and he’ll do it frequently.
Kevin Dotson injury minor
Many fans are concerned about Kevin Dotson. The second year guard hasn’t been able to practice yet, but he was seen doing some individual work during Saturday’s practice. It seems the injury is minor, as Dotson is the starting left guard on the team’s first depth chart.
Kevin Dotson still didnt practice in team drills today, but he had a helmet for the first time this camp — a sign the tweak isn’t a major issue. He’s listed as starting LG on the initial roster ahead of BJ Finney. pic.twitter.com/4hh4mDBa6c— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 24, 2021
Not just 100%...
When the Steelers signed Melvin Ingram, there were a lot of questions about Ingram’s health. In front of reporters, Ingram said he is not just over his injury from 2020, but he is 100%. Actually, he said he is 200%...I’m not sure how that’s possible.
More from Melvin Ingram: “I love football. My body feels great. I had an injury last year, but that’s part of the game. It’s a physical sport. Right now I’m 100…200% healthy.”— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) July 24, 2021
Here is video of Ingram talking about his health:
When he was 30, Melvin Ingram said he felt like he was 21. Today, I asked him how old he felt at 32 after another injury.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 24, 2021
Turns out he’s Benjamin Button.
“I feel like I’m 18, actually. … I feel 100, 200 percent healthy.” pic.twitter.com/5t9AQHOFn9
Not Deebo, Melvin
Want to compare Melvin Ingram to James Harrison? Think again...
Question: "You've got a James Harrison build - "— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 24, 2021
Melvin Ingram: "Nah, I gotta Melvin build."
Ingram on why he is wearing No. 8
We noted how Ingram wanted to wear the No. 8 when he came to the Steelers, he wore No. 54 with the Chargers, and he said it was a combination of his High School number, but also to honor the late Kobe Bryant.
Melvin Ingram says he definitely has his burst back, he fell in love w the city on his visit, and he took no. 8 bc he was 44 in high school (4+4=8) and bc of Kobe.— James C Wexell (@jimwexell) July 24, 2021
I like this guy. #NFLdude