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Steelers All 91: S P.J. Locke

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All 91 is a Pittsburgh Steelers Now series profiling each of the 91 members of the Steelers 2019 training camp roster.

24 • P.J. Locke, rookie safety

Last year: Played in 14 games and made 13 starts at safety for Texas as a senior after starting eight and nine games as a nickel corner over the previous two years.

Stats: Was third on the Longhorns with 77 total tackles. Also had 5 1/2 tackles for loss, one-half of sack and forced two fumbles. Had one interception and three passes defended.

Accolades, Highlights:

Named honorable mention All-Big 12 as a senior.

Camp outlook: One of the last undrafted players to sign after the conclusion of the draft, Locke looked to have an inside edge at a roster spot after the Steelers did not draft a safety.

But the training camp defensive backfield is a crowded one, with players like Marcus Allen, Dravon Askew-Henry, Marcelis Branch and Kameron Kelly. Locke will need to find a way to stand out of the crowd to stick.

Projected role: Locke played a little bit of everywhere at Texas, and he also played a good bit of special teams. If he can contribute in the third phase, and be a versatile backup at slot corner and free safety, he has the potential to unseat a veteran on the 53-man roster.

Coverage links:

Exclusive with Steelers Safety P.J. Locke

P.J. Locke is UDFA Most Likely to Make Steelers Roster

Steelers Sign Texas Safety P.J. Locke III

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/18/20

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James Conner tested out his injured ankle and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw passes to JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington and Chase Claypool during practice on Friday, September 18, 2020.

This practice was in preparation for the Steelers week 2 game on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

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Cam Heyward Named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1

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Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward has been named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1.

Heyward was honored for installing his first Little Free Library, a book-sharing box placed in underserved communities around the Pittsburgh area.

Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that “inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.”

The installation of the book-sharing boxes marks the launch of the Rufus and Judy Jordan Literacy Project, a new initiative of the Cameron Heyward Foundation that will work to promote children’s literacy and honor his late grandparents, both of whom were lifelong educators in Pittsburgh.

Drafted in first round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Heyward has spend his entire career in Pittsburgh. He is a three-time Pro Bowler, and has twice received First-Team All-Pro honors.

Heyward and the Steelers agreed to a four-year, $71.4 million contract extension on Sept. 6 that will allow him to retire in Pittsburgh and make him the highest-paid defense player over the age of 30 in NFL history.

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/17/20

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The Steelers finally experienced a practice with almost everyone on the roster able to take the field. Only two players did not take part in practice before their week 2 game against Denver.

Alex Highsmith and Minkah Fitzpatrick stood out from the rest on Thursday, September 17, 2020.

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