UNITY TWP, Pa. — There was a calm feeling on the campus of St. Vincent’s College on Saturday. This could have been a combination of a couple things for the Steelers – fatigue from the late practice the night before or the realization camp is almost over.
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS
Head coach Mike Tomlin took it relatively easy on his team on Saturday, as players did not wear pads during practice for the first time since the opening weekend of camp. Despite the less physical practice, coaches still made sure players were focused and working on their craft. Tight end Xavier Grimble caught balls from the machine, several linebacker completed a typical drill and team leaders like Joe Haden helped others remain active.
For the second straight day Ben Roethlisberger did not take part in the “seven shots” team activity. With no word on any injury, it’s still believed to be simply some rest for the veteran. This once again provided an opportunity for Mason Rudolph and Josh Dobbs to get work with the first team offense. JuJu Smith-Schuster extended his body to catch a touchdown pass from Rudolph in the corner of the end-zone. Rudolph went 3 for 4 on throws.
In addition to JuJu, Donte Moncrief stood out as top target. Dobbs flashed his athleticism, which is that one aspect of his game that can’t be taught, by keeping the ball and running it in for a score. Dobbs finished 3 for 3 through the air.
Rookie receiver Dionte Johnson did not practice after tweaking a hamstring last night in Latrobe. T.J. Watt, who Mike Tomlin opened camp by announcing he would be placed on the “physically unable to perform” list with a hamstring tightness, was once again held out of practice. Vince Williams and Artie Burns did not practice.
Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/18/20
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.
Cam Heyward Named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1
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.
Congrats to @camheyward on being named Week 1 #CommunityMVP for installing his first Little Free Library. The book-sharing boxes provide 24-7 access to literacy for underserved Pittsburgh communities while honoring the legacy in education of his late grandfather. pic.twitter.com/uKwbnz28A1— NFLPA (@NFLPA) September 18, 2020
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.
Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/17/20
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.