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...
Unlike the past two training camp practices, where news of T.J. Watt and Kevin Dotson carried the day, Monday’s practice was rather mundane in comparison. However, there is one story which stood out to me when going over the news of the day.
Stephon Tuitt, who remains out of practice, continues to work his way back to full participation. And this isn’t just physically, but mentally. If you remember, it was Tuitt who lost his brother to a hit and run accident this offseason. Players talked openly about how Tuitt is struggling, and the organization has decided to take it slowly with his return.
Tuitt also seems to be dealing with some type of nagging injury, but according to reporters is starting to work his way back.
Stephon Tuitt is back on the sidelines but he won't be practicing. With one more practice before the Eagles game, no reason to bring him back until Saturday.— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) August 9, 2021
Will Tuitt play Thursday vs. the Philadelphia Eagles? It seems highly unlikely, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t be available for the following home preseason game vs. the Detroit Lions. Something to keep an eye on as the team continues throughout training camp.
Now for more information surrounding the Steelers from Monday’s camp practice...
With the Steelers playing Thursday night, they decided to don full pads for the Monday practice. Take a look at who was in, and out, for the latest practice session.
It's a fully padded practice at Heinz Field today.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) August 9, 2021
At first glance, don't see Benny Snell or James Washington anywhere on the field. Ray Ray McCloud is still sidelined, but here.
No pads for TJ Watt, which means negotiations continue on his new deal.
For those who were concerned about Kalen Ballage’s lower body injury, it doesn’t look like it is the serious variety. He was running on the sideline, and that typically means the injury isn’t of the serious variety.
I would say Ballage doesn't look like he's all that injured. He was just running on the sidelines. Probably misses this week's game and back for the Lions in two weeks.— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) August 9, 2021
Time for your daily update of the ‘7 Shots’ drill. In case you don’t know, the ball is placed on the two-yard line and seven plays are run. The unit, offense or defense, who wins the most wins the overall drill.
Defense takes today's 7 shots, 4-3. It was tied 3-3 going into Dobbs' final rep. He tried for Ebron in the back corner of the end zone, but Mark Gilbert broke it up.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) August 9, 2021
Although the defense won the drill, there was one touchdown which was rather noteworthy. That would be when rookie Najee Harris made contact with veteran Melvin Ingram in the backfield, and dragged him to the end zone.
Najee Harris just dragged Melvin Ingram into the end zone on 7 shots. They're in pads and Ingram looked like he was tackling full strength. Najee was just stronger.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) August 9, 2021
Goal line controversy
Speaking of the typical goal line drill, there was some controversy with who won certain reps. Mike Tomlin said they do the best they can to gauge the play, but with no officials present it is difficult to judge.
A controversial goal-line period. Much argument in the press box. I say defense won it, 4-3, with PBUs by Buddy Johnson, James Pierre and Mark Gilbert. Maybe one for Zach Banner because I think Mason Rudolph threw it off his back.— Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) August 9, 2021
Kevin Dotson ran with the 2s.
Mason Rudolph's group was 2 for 3, Dwayne Haskins' 0 for 2, Josh Dobbs 1 for 2. Najee Harris ran in a TD for the starters, although Melvin Ingram may have stopped his progress in the backfield. Dobbs had a shovel pass score to Jaylen Samuels.— Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) August 9, 2021
1st team OLine remains the same
For the second straight day the Steelers’ starting offensive line remains the same. And that means another day where Kevin Dotson worked with the second string offense. Could this change? No doubt, but it doesn’t look like it will change before Thursday night.
Okorafor, Coward, Green, Turner and Banner the first-team offensive line in 11-on-11s.— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) August 9, 2021
There were some camp fights during Monday’s workout. Both were between a wide out and a defensive back. Take a look at who threw down, even briefly, during the latest training camp practice.
Gilbert and Bussey got into it again after the last play. It's hot out there and tempers are apparently running that way, too.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) August 9, 2021
Diontae Johnson and someone had a little dust up in the two-on-two passing drills. Roethlisberger stepped in and pulled Johnson out of there. But it was over quickly.— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) August 9, 2021
Not great to see...
The Steelers’ offensive line didn’t have a good day, and that might be putting it mildly. The defensive line man-handled the offensive line, and Mike Tomlin certainly took notice.
The defense by far had the advantage in the team run period. Offensive line got man-handled, running backs got drilled pretty consistently.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) August 9, 2021
Benny Snell working his way back
While the Steelers are without Ballage, it is good to see Benny Snell Jr. starting to work his way back to the field. Sure, he is just doing some running on the side, but it is a good sign he is on his way back to participating.
Benny Snell now doing some sprints without his helmet. Watt doing sprints with his helmet on.— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) August 9, 2021
Tons of reps for backup WRs
The Steelers were without James Washington, Ray-Ray McCloud and even JuJu Smith-Schuster was given some periods off Monday. With that said, plenty of younger receivers got valuable playing time with the starters.
With James Washington and Ray Ray McCloud not practicing, WR Anthony Johnson is getting first team reps. JuJu Smith-Schuster has been standing on the sideline during this team period.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) August 9, 2021
Many were waiting to see if Devin Bush would meet with the media Monday after standing them up on Sunday. He did, and of course he was asked about his strange Twitter activity this offseason. Bush didn’t say it was someone else, and didn’t suggest he was out of line. Instead, he doubled down saying the Steelers don’t control his Twitter.
Devin Bush was asked if he thought his Twitter rants of last month made fans mad.— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) August 9, 2021
“I really don’t know… I don’t know if they’re true fans.”
Did anyone in the organization tell him to cool it or watch what he says?
“It’s my Twitter, so they can’t control it.”
But wait...there’s more!
I do recall Mike Tomlin shutting down Mike Mitchell's social media for the season a few years back so yeah, the Steelers can control a player's Twitter.— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) August 9, 2021
James Washington Update
Washington left Sunday’s practice early, and Tomlin said Monday he was getting his knee/leg further evaluated. There is hopefully an update on his status Tuesday during Tomlin’s weekly press conference.
Tomlin said James Washington, who was not on the field today and had ice on his knee/leg yesterday, was being medically evaluated and he would have an update probably tomorrow.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) August 9, 2021
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No case of the Mondays here— Steelers Live (@SteelersLive) August 9, 2021
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Ben Roethlisberger got a vet day, that meant another opportunity for Dwayne Haskins and DeAngelo Hall talked abt Mike Tomlin's ability to help this young QB resurrect his career. (I told Tomlin what DHall said... that's coming up next on @nflnetwork w/ @RhettNFL!) pic.twitter.com/5AxVTDyyc0— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) August 9, 2021
Devin Bush on his comeback after rehab for a torn ACL pic.twitter.com/FYhSVPqzMy— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) August 9, 2021