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...
It was just a few camp recap articles ago when I wrote about how Ben Roethlisberger struggled in training camp. He threw three interceptions during team periods, and most would agree Roethlisberger’s camp has been very inconsistent.
On Tuesday Roethlisberger was having a tremendous day, but it was the second-to-last play of the practice which dampened the mood. After diving for a reception, Chase Claypool was laying on the turf being attended to by trainers.
Chase Claypool went down at the end of practice, looks lower body. Ben Roethlisberger and Eric Ebron helped him over to the sideline so he wasn’t putting any weight on the injury. Tough angle to see what happened.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) August 17, 2021
Needless to say, after practice no one cared about Roethlisberger’s day, we’ll get to that in a second, but all concern went to the dynamic second year receiver’s health. Shortly after practice ended, reports started coming in stating Claypool’s injury wasn’t of the serious variety.
Early diagnosis is that Steelers WR Chase Claypool suffered a “minor ankle sprain” today and “should be fine”, per source. https://t.co/4wByFeOfA4— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 17, 2021
More reports, including Claypool tweeting his is okay, decreased the overall concern for the former Notre Dame product.
That wasn’t all that went down at training camp practice Tuesday. Let’s take a look at what else happened...
Big Ben dealing
As I stated above, Ben Roethlisberger very well might have had his best practice of training camp Tuesday. You might not hear about it, but just look at some of these descriptions of Roethlisberger’s throws Tuesday...
If you're worried about Ben's arm, know that this ball traveled about 60 yards in the air and was on target https://t.co/NYpluNdJ8o— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) August 17, 2021
Roethlisberger is dealing today. Hits Ebron on a deep crosser for a big gain. Later rolls to his right and throws a 20-yard out to Claypool on the move for another arm strength throw. Arm strength is not an issue.— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) August 17, 2021
In 11 on 11 today, Ben has looked as crisp as he has all month during what has honestly been an up-and-d0wn camp for him.— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) August 17, 2021
Lots of bootleg-type rollouts after being under center. Moving well, throwing well on the move. Arm looks strong.
Yeah, those reports should get fans excited for the 2021 offense and Roethlisberger at the helm.
Here. We. Go.
Alert the presses!! The Steelers’ starting projected offensive line is finally together, with three practices remaining in training camp.
For the first time this training camp, the projected starting line is playing together:— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) August 17, 2021
LT Chuks Okorafor, LG Kevin Dotson, C Kendrick Green, RG Trai Turner, RT Zach Banner
Order of QBs
The Steelers had a simulated game week practice, and they handled their quarterbacks accordingly. Roethlisberger gave way to Rudolph and then Haskins.
Roethlisberger taking first-team snaps, Rudolph second-team snaps.— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) August 17, 2021
No love for Dobbs
Speaking of quarterbacks, Joshua Dobbs didn’t receive any snaps in practice Tuesday.
Josh Dobbs getting no snaps today at QB as the Steelers are simulating an in-season practice. It has been all Ben, Rudolph and Haskins, in that order.— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) August 17, 2021
Kendrick Green the starting center, as if we didn’t know this already
After practice Mike Tomlin was asked if Kendrick Green was the starting center? He answered, begrudgingly.
“Is 53 the guy?”— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) August 17, 2021
Tomlin: “you can surmise that, but there will be no bold proclamations.”
(Yeah, Kendrick Green is the starting center)
T.J. Watt Update from Coach Buts
Defensive Coordinator Keith Butler gave fans a semi-update on T.J. Watt. Essentially, he wants on of his best defenders back on the field, but he wants him to be happy when he returns.
Keith Butler on TJ Watt: "I want him on the practice field when we can get him on the field. But at the same time, I want him to be happy on the practice field, not dadgum begrudging all this stuff. I don’t think he would be; I’m just saying I hope they get it done."— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) August 17, 2021
Punter competition heating up
Special Teams Coordinator Danny Smith gave an update on the intense punter battle going on in training camp. It’s close.
'It really has been competitive. It’s good to see two pros put their best foot forward. Jordan’s punting the ball better than he ever has and Pressley is very talented, so it’s been quite a competition. And it will continue.' - Danny Smith on the competition at punter— Teresa Varley (@Teresa_Varley) August 17, 2021
BTSC Training Camp Recap Podcast
Boy do I enjoy chatting with Steelers special teams coordinator Danny Smith. Enjoy this music video: pic.twitter.com/PPB4jedrFz— Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) August 18, 2021
Right where it needed to be pic.twitter.com/srVEmVkp3e— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) August 17, 2021
These three reminded me of my brothers and I. https://t.co/PMI77Xgijc— TJ Watt (@_TJWatt) August 17, 2021
Getting better every day— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) August 18, 2021
s from today's #SteelersCamp ⬇️