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Steelers TE Pat Freiermuth Experiences His ‘Welcome to the NFL’ Moment



PHILADELPHIA — After missing the Hall of Fame Game against the Cowboys last Thursday with a shoulder injury, Pat Freiermuth was itching to get back on the football field to have some semblance of physical contact outside of training camp.

He got his wish on Thursday night, in fact, he may have gotten a little bit more than even he bargained for in Philadelphia.

Coming out on his first play, Freiermuth had Eagles edge rusher, Brandon Graham, near him. On the backside of an outside zone play, Freiermuth found out just what it was like to get a taste of the NFL during in-game action.

“The first play of the game when I went in there,” Freiermuth said. “Brandon Graham was in there. I was on the backside of outside zone and he put me on the ground. Got a holding call, but definitely don’t want that to happen. It’s a learning experience and I’m happy that it happened in the preseason and not an actual game.”

On this play, it is obvious to see what Freiermuth said. Graham stabbed him pretty well on the shoulder and Freiermuth fell right away and got called for holding on top of that. To say the least, Freiermuth absolutely got his “welcome to the NFL” moment with ease. It will be a learning process for Freiermuth even as he takes significant snaps throughout the season. But there are few better to get that welcome moment from than Graham.