UNITY TWP, Pa. — While day one focused mostly on the players getting acclimated to their new home for the next few weeks, day two was all about business. The current Steelers welcomed legends of the past to St. Vincent’s College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania when Merril Hoge showed up to introduce the 2019 class for the Hall of Honor. This gave the young team a chance to impress those who wore the black and gold before them.
Rookie running back Benny Snell flashed his giant smile when asked about interacting with the fans at camp. Snell, a Kentucky product, is dealing with this type of atmosphere for the first time – a rabid fan base that eats and sleeps their football team.
A FOCUS ON THE PASS RUSH
Defensive line coach Karl Dunbar led a drill session for the defensive ends and line backers. Cam Heyward, one of the most veteran leaders on the team, also took charge of making sure his teammates were performing the drill properly.
Even though the Steelers still practiced without pads, the intensity was turned up for the Saturday practice. As become a trend through the opening weekend of training camp, newly signed receiver Donte Moncrief impressed fans in attendance and JuJu Smith-Schuster appears to be even better, which could be a scary thought for opposing defenses.
One of the major highlights was when JuJu caught a ball in the back of the end zone for a first team offense touchdown.
It was a bit of a better day for the Steelers defense, who managed a couple stops, including Kameron Kelley picking off a bad Josh Dobbs pass and Artie Burns getting in the way of a pass intended for James Washington.
Outside linebacker T.J. Watt remains the only key injury. He did not practice and is still listed on the physically unable to perform list with hamstring tightness. Head coach Mike Tomlin characterized him as day-to-day.
He was one again replaced in the base defense by Anthony Chickillo.
Kevin Colbert’s daughter Jennifer and her kids visited camp for the first time this year.