Backs on backers is one of the signature drills of Pittsburgh Steelers training camp every year, and it delivered on Tuesday, with several notable outcomes in the famous pass-rushing drill.
Rookie tight end Darnell Washington walled off T.J. Watt, Nick Herbig and Connor Heyward did battle in a five-set series, Elandon Roberts blew up John Lovett.
Alan Saunders of Steelers Now joined the Locked On Steelers podcast with Chris Carter to break down the winners and losers from backs and backers, and also, for the first time, that drill might not have been the highlight of the day, as George Pickens’ electric catch over Joey Porter Jr. has been seen the world over already.
That catch, and Pickens’ reaction and celebration, stated a discussion about the level of competitiveness in Steelers camp, something that should be unquestioned on a day where the backs and backers were hammering one another on the other part of the field.
“At the end of the day, we know we’re teammates, but we want the best out of each other,” Porter said. “We’re going to talk, we’re going to do a little bit extra here and there, but it’s never going to get past that point.”
Plus, the first practice in pads was a good time to gauge the level of first-round pick Broderick Jones, and he came away impressing.