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Steelers 2021 Training Camp Recap, Day 10: Dwayne Haskins’ goals bigger than backup QB

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back at Training Camp, and it is time to check out what went down during the latest practice!

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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...

The Pittsburgh Steelers had their final training camp practice before their Thursday Hall of Fame game preseason game vs. the Dallas Cowboys, and after practice the organization had Dwayne Haskins available to the media.

Haskins, since coming to Pittsburgh after his release from the Washington Football Team last season, has never been one to mince words. He says what he is thinking, and he has never lacked confidence. After all, he is a former first round draft pick and considered a top player coming out of Ohio State University.

Head coach Mike Tomlin has made it clear there are no jobs which aren’t potentially up for grabs, and many are now wondering if Haskins could leap frog Mason Rudolph to become the Steelers’ primary backup quarterback in 2021.

Haskins was asked about this potential change on the depth chart, and his response was precise.

However, it wasn’t Haskins’ response to the question of being the backup which caught attention of media. He was asked a follow up about Thursday’s game being the try out to be the future franchise quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Haskins’ answer again left nothing to the imagination.

This per Brooke Pryor of ESPN:

Haskins is polarizing, and has been since the day the Steelers signed him. Some love him, and hope for the best, and other despise him and are waiting for the other shoe to drop. Either way, Thursday is the first step of Haskins proving himself worthy, or not, of being on the Steelers’ quarterback depth chart.

Now onto the other news and notes from Steelers Training Camp...

7 Shots

Here is your daily update on the Steelers’ 7 shots drill.

Banged up players

The Steelers had several players get banged up, most notably two big name rookies. First was Pat Freiermuth, who left with an apparent shoulder injury.

Still no Snell

Benny Snell Jr. has been missing from practice the past few days, and no one knows exactly what is keeping him out of practice. Nonetheless, his absence has been notable, and the signing of a new running back makes you wonder what the future holds for Snell this season.

Tight End Trouble

Speaking of Freiermuth’s shoulder banged up shoulder, the tight end depth chart will certainly be tested on Thursday night if Freiermuth, Eric Ebron and Zach Gentry are all ruled out vs. Dallas.

Cam Sutton INT

Sutton with a beautiful interception of Ben Roethlisberger. We all could see Sutton doing more of this...

Big Press vs. Jordan Berry

Invested in the punter battle? It was on display Tuesday leading up to the Hall of Fame game.

Shakur Brown showing up

When the Steelers signed their Undrafted Rookie Free Agents (UDFAs), Shakur Brown was a player everyone was excited about. He has quietly been having a really good training camp.

Big Dan

Dan Moore Jr. was in front of the media after practice Tuesday, and he was asked about the camp fights he has been a part of so far. He said it isn’t personal, and he’s all good with his teammates in the locker room.

Think Watt, not Haskins

Some might read this and see nothing but news about Dwayne Haskins, but I see news about how the Steelers plan on using Derek Watt. Maybe, just maybe, he will play up to his contract in 2021.

Also...

Crisis averted...hopefully

Freiermuth left practice with an apparent shoulder injury, and Najee Harris had a similar scare earlier in practice.

Chase Claypool isn’t playing around

Chase Claypool is a physical specimen, and it seems in this training camp he is ready to use his big body to punish defenders. He already pancaked Justin Layne earlier last week, and the latest victim was Tre Norwood.

Crazy Story

During Haskins’ media session, this crazy story about Haskins hosting Najee Harris on a college visit at Ohio State was pretty cool.


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