For the Pittsburgh Steelers young player, rookie minicamp two weeks ago was the start of the offseason process, as the rookies and tryouts gathered at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex to get their first taste of the NFL.
But that was just a taste. The playing field of all rookies doesn’t exactly measure up to the real thing, and even though there will not be hitting, when the full team gathers for OTAs on Tuesday, in many ways, it’s going to be the first day of school for the Steelers youngsters.
Instead of a practice field full of their peers, the Steelers rookies will now be directly compared to players that are some of the very best in the world at what they do. Those that aren’t ready or not up to the task will stand out in a bad way. It’s the first chance to prove their worth in any meaningful fashion, and while the real competition for jobs and roles won’t start until training camp in Latrobe, some will be ahead of the game when they get there and others will be behind, based on the experience they’re able to gain in these 10 practice sessions.
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TODAY’S STEELERS SCHEDULE
The Steelers will start practice at 10 a.m. this morning on the South Side, with the session expected to last for two hours. The Steelers will then open their locker room to the media for the first time since before the pandemic. Saunders, Chris Carter, Ed Thompson
The Steelers are done with general manager interviews and we’re just waiting on an announcement from the club. Saunders
The team still has not signed two of its seven draft picks from the 2022 NFL Draft: QB Kenny Pickett and WR Calvin Austin III. Austin Bechtold
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