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Steelers 2022 Training Camp Tracker: Tracking Saturday’s practice

Sat, 07/30/2022 - 2:09pm
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Steelers are hitting the field at St. Vincent College in Latrobe to prepare for the 2022 season.

With just one practice left this week in Latrobe for 2022 training camp before the players get a day off on Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers getting back on the field at St. Vincent College for practice is starting to become a routine.

After being forced to hold training camp at Heinz Field the last two seasons, the Steelers are back in Latrobe for four weeks before breaking camp the day before their second preseason game.

When it comes to the training camp schedule, it is much more known than it was the last two years. The Steelers will continue with practice today, but will not be in full pads until Monday, August 1. The team is not scheduled to practice on any Sundays, but all other days of the week will see practice of some kind. For those hoping to attend practice at St. Vincent, make sure you reserve your free tickets through Ticketmaster.

Check out the information below as the players hit the field in preparation for the 2022 season, starting with some player interviews before practice if available. If any additional information or reports become available, they will be updated below. Posts will come mostly in chronological order with new updates at the bottom.

The line of cars to get into Steelers practice at Latrobe is as long as it’s ever been so far this camp. Weather is beautiful today - high 70s right now and sunny.

Don’t forget sunscreen! pic.twitter.com/a0zO6ylP18

— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 30, 2022

Pressley Harvin confirmed to me what I reported the other day. He is, in fact, down 35 to 40 pounds from last year.

— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) July 30, 2022

Steelers rookie TE/FB Connor Heyward is gonna contribute on offense this year I think. He's getting reps with the first, second and third-team offenses depending on personnel.

"Just getting used to playing Y, F, some stuff in the backfield to show my versatility," he said today.

— Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) July 30, 2022

Larry Ogunjobi hasn't taken any live reps yet with the Steelers after offseason foot surgery but he's not on the PUP list. He sounded optimistic this morning: "Hopefully sooner than later. We're taking it slow right now, taking it day by day and making sure my foot is good."

— Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) July 30, 2022

Mitch Trubisky on his smallest target Calvin Austin: "Calvin's fast, man. Anyway we can get the ball in his hands in open space it's gonna be deadly."

And his tallest Zach Gentry: "He's gonna be bigger than pretty much everyone covering him … 50-50 balls are more like 70-30."

— Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) July 30, 2022

I’m told there were 17,000 free tickets that fans signed up for to attend practice today. That was last night. I’m sure there were even more today. This place is buzzing.

— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) July 30, 2022

Heath Miller is out at Steelers practice hanging with Ike Taylor pic.twitter.com/1pcAYVOHPg

— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 30, 2022

Looks like Chase Claypool (shoulder) and Pat Freiermuth (hamstring) out for another Steelers practice today. But appears that Levi Wallace (illness) is back after a one-day absence.

— Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) July 30, 2022

The Steelers only have one long snapper in camp and both punters are working on their holding. Christian Kuntz is working with Pressley Harvin. Chris Boswell is snapping to Cameron Nizialek.

— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) July 30, 2022

Kenny Pickett getting first-team reps …

… at holder pic.twitter.com/mqNe6DauMu

— Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) July 30, 2022

Today’s punt return warm up feat Gunner Olszewski pic.twitter.com/RF68gIjBe0

— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 30, 2022

Anthony Miller tops out at fielding — and holding on to — five punts before he can’t come down with No. 6 pic.twitter.com/rZod7GC92R

— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 30, 2022

Mike Tomlin thanking the crowd here at Chuck Noll Field for showing up today. "You are a driving force for us."

— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) July 30, 2022

Mike Tomlin is fired up thanking the crowd for being at Latrobe today. More than 17,000 tickets were issued for today’s practice. Doesn’t look like quite that many showed up, but it’s still a large crowd at St. Vincent. pic.twitter.com/ZNw6kX4TUT

— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 30, 2022

They’re parking cars in the grass next to Chuck Noll Field at Saint Vincent College. Biggest crowd I can remember at a Steelers training camp practice here in a long time.

— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) July 30, 2022

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin addresses the crowd here at Saint Vincent to thank fans for coming out today and their passion year-round. With a big shoutout to Heath Miller, who’s also in attendance today. pic.twitter.com/0sukWE1J4e

— Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) July 30, 2022

A look at the crowd gathered in Latrobe. Probably at least 6,000 here, but tough to really tell pic.twitter.com/2s25udK0oc

— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 30, 2022

Coach Tomlin addresses fans before practice. #BackTogetherSaturday | #SteelersCamp pic.twitter.com/f8ExJ2L7Ce

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) July 30, 2022

Chase Claypool not practicing today with a shoulder that got dinged up yesterday. But he's not wearing anything on it. Doesn't look like it's serious. Should be another big George Pickens day.

— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) July 30, 2022

First sighting of a UNC Mitch Trubisky jersey at Steelers camp pic.twitter.com/jBtfSgfqaH

— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 30, 2022

Back at it @_TJWatt #SteelersCamp | #BackTogetherSaturday pic.twitter.com/NsH3BTSCCv

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) July 30, 2022

Trubisky goes 0-4 in 7 Shots although he completed a pass to Connor Heyward that was stopped short by Edmunds.

— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) July 30, 2022

Kenny Pickett gets his first 7 shots rep and puts a perfect fade ball on Tyler Vaughns in the back left corner. But I don’t think Vaughns got his feet down vs. James Pierre. It was entertaining at least.

— Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) July 30, 2022

Whatchu lookin' at? #SteelersCamp | #BackTogetherSaturday pic.twitter.com/vpwDsekiGB

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) July 30, 2022

Mitch Trubisky, meanwhile, went 0/4 for the second day in a row on 7 shots.

Rudolph went 1/2, first throw — on a free play — got tipped LOS and Donovan Stiner made what looked like a diving INT, but ball popped out of his hands and Connor Heyward grabbed it for a TD.

— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 30, 2022

Kevin Dotson starts at left guard today

— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 30, 2022

Steelers announce 4 members of the 2022 Hall of Honor class

Sat, 07/30/2022 - 12:19pm

The class includes three players and a legendary announcer.

On Saturday, the Pittsburgh Steelers announced the four members of the 2022 class of the Hall of Honor.

Introducing the Hall of Honor Class of 2022! pic.twitter.com/7DnJ0oeN8X

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) July 30, 2022

The Steelers’ Hall of Honor began in 2017 with the induction of 27 members. Through 2021, the Steelers are up to 45 members who are recognized in the FedEx Great Hall at Acrisure Stadium. With four members in the 2022 class, the total number in the Steelers’ Hall of Honor is now up to 49.

To be selected for the Hall of Honor, players must have been retired for at least three seasons and played for the Steelers a minimum of three seasons. For both players, coaches, and contributors are selected based on noteworthy contributions and achievements with the Steelers.

As for the 2022 inductees, here is a brief description of their time with the Steelers:

Ray Mathews

Drafted by the Steelers in the seventh round of the 1951 NFL draft, Ray Matthews played nine seasons in Pittsburgh. Playing running back for his first five years with the Steelers, Matthews transitioned to receiver in 1956 where he played another four seasons. Matthews was selected to the Pro Bowl in both 1952 and 1955. In his Steelers’ career, Matthews had 300 rushing attempts for 1,057 yards and five rushing touchdowns as well as 230 receptions for 3,918 yards and 34 receiving touchdowns.

Sam Davis

A four-time Super Bowl champion with the Steelers, Sam Davis came to the Steelers in 1967 as an undrafted player. In 13 seasons all with the Steelers, Davis appeared in 168 games with 114 starts on the offensive line.

Heath Miller

Selected in the first round of the 2004 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Heath Miller played 11 NFL seasons all in Pittsburgh. Appearing in 168 games in the regular season with 167 starts, Miller had 592 receptions for 6,569 yards and 45 touchdowns. Miller still holds the Steelers single-season touchdown record by a tight end with eight in 2012, one of his two seasons of making the Pro Bowl. Miller I was also a member of the Super Bowl championship teams in 2005 and 2008. In the postseason, Miller started all 15 games where he had 49 receptions for 587 yards and four touchdowns.

Myron Cope

It’s difficult to find a Steelers’ fan who doesn’t appreciate the legacy of former Steelers announcer Myron Cope. Responsible for the birth of the terrible towel in 1975 where he encouraged fans to bring yellow dish towels to the game in order to waive them, Cope began on WTAE Radio in 1968. Spending 35 years as a Steelers broadcaster, Myron Cope began his broadcasting with Jack Fleming in 1970 and continued with Bill Hillgrove until 2005.

The 2022 Hall of Honor class will be inducted on November 13 during halftime of the Steelers matchup with the New Orleans Saints at Acrisure Stadium.

On the half of Behind The Steel Curtain, congratulations to all the members of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Hall of Honor class of 2022.

The announcement of the 2022 Hall of Honor class can be seen here:

LIVE: We announce our Hall of Honor Class of 2022.

: Back Together Saturday coverage on @nflnetwork https://t.co/E8u3s94YRJ

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) July 30, 2022

Football Outsiders predicts a step back for T.J. Watt in 2022

Sat, 07/30/2022 - 10:30am
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

We asked Football Outsiders five questions about the 2022 Pittsburgh Steelers. See what they had to say.

The fine folks at Football Outsiders agreed to answer some questions about the 2022 Pittsburgh Steelers as they team gets into the thick of things with training camp. There were a lot of questions, and Rivers McCown was nice enough to answer all of them in the Q&A below.

With T.J. Watt seeing an increase in sacks every season of his career, when should Steelers fans expect him to top out?

So empirically speaking, the odds are very much tilted in favor of Watt never topping last season’s sack total. That’s not to say he’s not a superstar, the most-impactful non-Aaron Donald defender in the NFL, and so on. But injury attrition is something that constantly ruins NFL peaks, and any kind of regression-based model is going to take that and the potential for decline into account. Watt could very well notch like 24 sacks next year and make a fool of a weaker projection – wouldn’t shock me one bit. But predicting improvement from somebody who is already impossibly good is rough.

Will the choice of the Steelers starting QB in 2022 greatly impact their offensive style in 2022?

I kind of doubt it. I think we see more of Matt Canada’s influence on the offense in 2022 and that both quarterbacks are athletic enough to run option plays and get the Steelers more credibility with horizontal spacing. My best guess based on researching the chapter is that the offense would look different with Kenny Pickett in, but that’s because I think he’s more of an out-of-structure player who will face a real NFL learning curve in his first season. With Mitch Trubisky you buy more steadiness, for whatever that’s worth. Ultimately I’m sure both of them will see plenty of snaps in 2022.

The Steelers rush defense was historically bad last season. How can they improve outside of getting healthy players back in the lineup in 2022?

So we had the Steelers finishing 27th in run defense DVOA in 2021 – not good, but not historically bad. Perhaps historically bad for this particular franchise! (They were fifth in rush defense DVOA in 2020.) We actually like Pittsburgh’s defense to bounce back in a real way in 2022 because of how good they were in the years before 2021. Healthy players will be a big factor, and the late signing of Larry Ogunjobi should be at least a real step towards replacing Stephon Tuitt. The biggest thing will just be: Can Devin Bush not be an utter sieve? That kind of counts as a return from injury, but he did play last season – he just was really poor.

Ben Roethlisberger is retired. How bad was he in 2021, and how difficult will it be for the Steelers to replace his production last year?

In my opinion, not very difficult, and that’s kind of the draw to any argument for this team to win more in 2022. I understand that dumping on Ben Roethlisberger on a Steelers blog isn’t going to go over very well, but it was almost impossible for this team to do anything resembling functional downfield passing in their base offense last year. I don’t harbor high hopes for Trubisky or the year one version of Pickett, but I think you can credibly argue that they should at least be able to get defenses to play them more honestly.

The Steelers win total is set at 7.5 games currently. Tell the fans why it is safe to hammer the OVER on this bet.

Well, our in-book projection has the Steelers finishing with an average of 8.2 wins in our simulations. I would not call that safe at all, but I do think the defense will bounce back and give the Steelers some more upside. (I also love the idea of Brian Flores’ best third-down looks getting brought in to diversify some of the defensive play calls.) You know Mike Tomlin will get the most out of a squad. If I really had faith in Pittsburgh’s offense I’d be more excited about hitting the over, but I think there are credible reasons to believe that side of the ball can get better. I just lose them in the offensive line and quarterback situations.

A big thanks to Rivers McCown for taking the time to answer those questions. If you’d like to purchase the Football Outsiders 2022 almanac, click HERE. Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the rest of camp and the preseason.

The first full day of Steelers camp was mostly all about the QB “controversy”

Sat, 07/30/2022 - 9:30am
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Steelers quarterback controversy may already be at Threat Level Midnight.

For those Steelers fans among us who have a hard time focusing on anything but the quarterback stuff (me), the 2022 version of training camp has already been glorious.

“Just saw the latest on the Steelers today. Trubisky 1-4, Rudolph 4-4, Pickett 2-4. A QB controversy brewing.”

The above was a text I received from a friend of mine on Wednesday night, just hours after the Steelers' first day of “kinda” real practice at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. My friend was responding to the biggest news story of the day (outside of Diontae Johnson’s “hold-in,” of course). While those stats mean nothing, and while the sample size was about as small as it could be, I don’t think my friend’s use of the phrase “QB controversy” was hyperbolic in any sense.

Why do I say that? Because reporters and radio hosts were discussing it all day long on Wednesday.

They were wondering why Mitch Trubisky, the six-year veteran the team signed at the onset of free agency, appeared to be fully confident that he already had the starting quarterback spot locked up.

But he was 1 of 4!

I woke up on Thursday morning and, I kid you not, one of the first things I saw on Facebook was an “article” from some site (not even one of the good “pretend media” sites) with a headline that read: “Mitch Trubisky is already disappointing Steelers fans.”

Wow.

In addition to the fears that Trubisky’s 1 of 4 performance in football without pads was a bad sign, there were those who were concerned about Kenny Pickett, the rookie first-round pick, and whether or not he was going to get a legit shot at competing for the starting quarterback spot. After all, 2 of 4 is better than 1 of 4. “Why draft Pickett if you were never going to give him a genuine shot at winning the start job?” was a popular refrain on Wednesday.

What about the fact that Mason Rudolph was 4 of 4, a performance that will always best 1 of 4 and 2 of 4—at least on the “QB controversy” scale?

Yikes. You talk about scaring the bejeezus out of Steelers fans. What if it’s true? What if the likes of Mark Kaboly are correct? What if Rudolph really does win the starting job? Would it be an indictment of the Steelers’ ability to evaluate and procure talent during the latter stages of Kevin Colbert’s tenure as general manager, or would it be a credit to Rudolph for making the most of his first real chance to win the starting job?

I think you know what it would be.

I love it.

This camp is going to be tremendous, as will every Steelers training camp in the future if some quarterback doesn’t hurry up and do something to render four practice passes on a sunny day in Latrobe meaningless.

Training Camp Recap, Day 3: “Chippy” camp continues for the Steelers

Sat, 07/30/2022 - 8:30am
Photo by Shelley Lipton/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back at Training Camp, and it is time to check out what went down during the latest practice!

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back at Saint Vincent College for the first time since 2019, and fans have descended on Latrobe, PA in hopes of catching a glimpse of the 2022 team.

What went down during the latest training camp practice? That is where this article comes in. Check out all that was said, as well as photos and videos from the day’s workouts.

Here we go...

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a lot of questions marks across the roster, and it will take every practice and preseason game for the coaching staff to find a way to get answers to those questions. There were a lot of storylines to come out of Friday’s practice, and we highlight some of those below:

Physical Camp

Throughout the first week of training camp, the Steelers have had some type of physical altercation, or skirmish if you will, during practices. This isn’t abnormal, but you have to wonder if this is all happening without pads, what will happen when the pads get thrown on?

Either way, Mike Tomlin was asked about the physical nature of these events, and he didn’t shy away from saying while it’s a part of the game, it isn’t one which he lauds or applauds.

#Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin ask by ⁦@tribjoerutter⁩ about the fight on the last play of camp involving Duquesne’s Jake Dixon #HereWeGo@937theFanpic.twitter.com/cp4Y6YIt1v

— Jeff Hathhorn (@jhathhorn) July 29, 2022

7 Shots

In your daily 7 Shots update, it wasn’t pretty for the offense on Friday. What also is notable is how Kenny Pickett isn’t even getting reps in the drill for the second straight day.

7 shots — Trubisky 0 for 4

Rudolph 2 for 3

Pickett DNP

— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) July 29, 2022

Hold-in continues

For those keeping track of the Diontae Johnson hold-in...it continues.

Diontae Johnson not participating in the receiving line now, now working one-on-one with a staff catching passes pic.twitter.com/5fRL6N8TGd

— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 29, 2022

Injury Update

The Steelers got some good news on the injury front, but more names keep getting added to the list. Freiermuth missed practice again, now being labeled a hamstring injury, while Levi Wallace was out due to being sick.

Injuries: Chase Claypool hurt his shoulder and didn’t finish. He is being evaluated according to Mike Tomlin. CB Levi Wallace was sick and did not practice.

— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) July 29, 2022

The biggest concern was Claypool leaving Friday’s practice with a shoulder injury, but Mike Tomlin said it wasn’t serious and they aren’t concerned about it moving forward.

Mike Tomlin says Chase Claypool’s shoulder injury is “probably not serious” and they don’t have a “high level of concern.”

— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 29, 2022

The Rookie Waiting Game

Kenny Pickett might have been held out of the 7 shots drills the past two days, but he can’t complain about anything compared to Chris Oladokun. After three days of practice, Oladokun hasn’t participated in on team drill yet. Not even the final reps of a 7-on-7 drill.

Nothing.

Certainly has to be frustrating for a player just trying to put his best foot forward.

Oladokun shut out again from team drills, third day in a row to start camp https://t.co/Qk7zQQQRbv

— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) July 29, 2022

CA3

Thursday Calvin Austin III took a wide receiver screen and turned it into a 60+ yard touchdown run. While it wasn’t a screen, Austin showed off his speed again, this time on a reverse.

A little more Calvin Austin reverse action today gives the rookie to a chance to show off his speed again. Got some cheers from the crowd as he cut through a hole and streaked down the left sideline

— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 29, 2022

Boykin no bueno

While George Pickens continues to show off his stuff during camp, another wide receiver is struggling mightily. That would be none other than Miles Boykin. Boykin has had chances to flash some potential this camp, but both figuratively and literally let the opportunities slip through his hands.

Twice today Miles Boykin had chances to catch deep balls. On both occasions he got his hands on the ball but did not make the catch.

— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) July 29, 2022

Alumni Return

It’s always good to see Steelers alumni show up at Saint Vincent to take in a practice or two. Friday had both Aaron Smith and Ike Taylor visiting the fields to check out the 2022 Steelers.

Aaron Smith and Ike Taylor visited their old stomping grounds. pic.twitter.com/h4B2pZSW46

— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) July 29, 2022

Mike Tomlin Post-Practice Interview

Coach Tomlin addressed the media following Day 3 of #SteelersCamp. pic.twitter.com/rkII6GJeA9

— Steelers Live (@SteelersLive) July 30, 2022

Video

Chase Claypool on being versatile lining up lots of places in the offense pic.twitter.com/L57A80NRhU

— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) July 29, 2022

.@highsmith34 on finishing his rushes + more. pic.twitter.com/A4fagPEuTi

— Steelers Live (@SteelersLive) July 30, 2022

Diontae Johnson works out in the end zone while team does individuals right behind him. pic.twitter.com/shPeCbO0Df

— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) July 29, 2022

Wide receivers warming up with a rugby ball again today pic.twitter.com/sueVBQwDqn

— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 29, 2022

Mitch Trubisky to George Pickens for the play of the day #steelers pic.twitter.com/4LmXLMZvPi

— smitty in the streets (@smittywerbin1) July 29, 2022

Photos

Diontae Johnson multi-tasking, signing a few autographs after taking a rep in “Ball-Security.” Starting to get the feeling he’ll be signing something else sooner or later. pic.twitter.com/nvFPr3S5uk

— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) July 29, 2022

Najee Harris working on ball-security. pic.twitter.com/tjj7MuDHZf

— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) July 29, 2022

Steelers tight end Zach Gentry pulls in an over the shoulder catch past linebacker Myles Jack during practice Thursday at Saint Vincent College. pic.twitter.com/rEvEdZTw4Z

— Charles Palla (@ChazPalla) July 29, 2022

3 players mentioned by Mike Tomlin following Friday’s training camp practice

Sat, 07/30/2022 - 7:30am
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Speaking to the media following practice each day of training camp, the Steelers head coach answered a few questions about specific players.

As the 2022 Pittsburgh Steelers continue to practice for training camp at St. Vincent College on Friday, we were also graced with a media session from head coach Mike Tomlin. For that reason, it’s time for another installment of the “players mentioned” article. Remember these are current players where a specific question was asked during the Q&A period.

Damontae Kazee

During Friday’s practice, new Steelers’ safety Demonte Kazee had more than one play in which he was very physical for players not wearing pads. Coach Tomlin was asked if Kazee realizes they are not supposed to be fully tackling yet.

“I’d rather say ‘woah’ than ‘sick him’, and in that instance, ‘woah’.”

Coach Tomlin was asked a follow-up question about if that is part of Kazee‘s game.

“We’ll see.”

Zach Gentry

Tight end Pat Freiermuth was unable to practice on Friday due to a hamstring issue. With Freiermuth on the sideline, Zach Gentry was able to step up once again. Coach Tomlin was asked how much has he seen Gentry grow in his time with the Steelers.

“Zach [Gentry] has been a guy in development since he’s been here. It started first with his body. Those of you who have been around, you know he has really put on some weight and things of that nature. He’s really embraced the role that he’s in the process of carving out for himself. It’s just been a nice, natural maturation process over the time that he’s been here. It’s reasonable to expect to continue, as he’s been doing a good job.”

Chase Claypool

One player who began practice but was unable to finish was wide receiver Chase Claypool with a shoulder injury. Coach Tomlin was asked what happened on the play with Claypool and if there’s more concern since he is the only starter from last season at wide receiver who is practicing.

“There’s not any concern. I don’t really know when it occurred, to be honest with you. It’s probably not serious. So, we don’t have a high-level concern regarding the question that you asked.”

Mike Tomlin’s media session can be seen HERE on the Steelers YouTube channel.

The Pittsburgh Steelers worked out 4 players on Friday

Sat, 07/30/2022 - 6:30am
Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images

The Steelers brought in two running backs and two defensive linemen for workouts, including a former Pro Bowler.

I Pittsburgh Steelers are three practices in the training camp with one more remaining on Saturday before a day off and the pads go on next week. Even with a 490 man roster, Steelers her constantly looking for other players where they could get an upgrade at a position group or help fill-in if a player is missing time due to injury. According to Aaron Wilson of the pro football net work, Steelers worked out for players on Friday with #2 being running backs into your defense of lineman.

Steelers worked out Jordan Howard, Josh Adams, Mike Pansluck, Hauti Pututau

— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) July 30, 2022

With four different players coming in, let’s look at the background of each one. Based on the tweets and available players, I do believe there are two mistakes in the names reported by Wilson as the defensive tackles were Mike Panasiuk and Hauati Pututau.

Jordan Howard

Drafted in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL draft by the Chicago Bears, running back Jordan Howard spent three seasons in Chicago before being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2019 for a sixth-round draft pick. In his rookie season in Chicago, Howard made the Pro Bowl after he appeared in 15 games with 13 starts. Carrying the football 252 times for 1,313 yards and six touchdowns, Howard also added another 29 receptions for 298 yards and a receiving touchdown. Howard followed up his rookie season starting all 16 games in 2017 and rushing for 1,122 yards on 276 carries with nine touchdowns. Howard‘s third season in Chicago came up just shy of 1,000 yards but added another nine touchdowns on the ground. In all, Howard rushed for 24 touchdowns in three seasons in Chicago.

In 2019 with the Eagles, Howard only appeared in 10 games with four starts where we had 525 rushing yards on 119 attempts and six touchdowns. Howard ultimately missed six games with a shoulder injury.

Signing with the Miami Dolphins in the 2020 offseason, he was waived after only five games where he had 28 rushes for 33 yards and four touchdowns. Howard signed back with the Eagles on their practice squad and was elevated for two games where he had seven rushes for 27 yards. Howard signed with the Eagles again in the 2021 offseason but failed to make the team and again landed on the practice squad. Signed to the active roster in November, Howard played in seven games where he had 86 rushes for 406 yards and three touchdowns.

Josh Adams

Undrafted out of Notre Dame in the 2018 NFL draft, Josh Adams was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles. Failing to make the roster, Adams landed on the practice squad before being promoted to the active roster the third week of the season. In his rookie year, Adams appeared in 14 games with five starts where he had 120 rushing attempts for 511 yards and three touchdowns.

Failing to make the Eagles in 2019, Adam signed to the New York Jets practice squad and was promoted to the active roster late in the season where he appeared in three games with eight rushes for 12 yards. Adam‘s landed on the Jets practice squad again in 2020, and, between being a practice quad elevation and signed to the roster in November, he appeared in eight games with 29 rushes for 157 yards and two touchdowns.

Adams once again did not make the active roster in 2021 but landed on the Jets practice squad. After being promoted for one game where he did not receive a catty, Adams was released in early October. Adams landed on the New Orleans Saints practice squad in November but was released prior to the final regular season game. Despite signing a Reserve/Future contract with New Orleans following the 2021 season, he was waived following the 2022 NFL draft.

Mike Panasiuk

Undrafted out of Michigan State in 2020, Mike Panasiuk signed with the Las Vegas Raiders but was cut following training camp. Panasiuk was signed to the Carolina Panthers practice squad for the 2020 season and spent 2021 on the Reserve/Injured List.

Hauati Pututau

Undrafted in the 2022 NFL draft out of Utah, Hauati Pututau was signed by the Green Bay Packers. Earlier this week, Pututau was released by the Packers just before their first training camp practice when they added three players to their roster.

Stay tuned to Behind The Steel Curtain as the Pittsburgh Steelers continue training camp at St. Vincent College in preparation for the 2022 NFL season.

Podcast Roundup: All the latest of the BTSC family podcasts

Sat, 07/30/2022 - 5:30am

Get the latest BTSC podcast content in the ‘Podcast Roundup’.

The Pittsburgh Steelers seasons come and go with no real offseason, at least not for those diehard fans. For those fans, the preseason bleeds into the regular season, the regular season into the offseason, free agency and the NFL Draft. It is a vicious, never-ending cycle.

Nonetheless, we here at BTSC, and our podcast platform, are here with you every step of the way. In the past we have given you the podcasts in individual articles on the BTSC website, but we’ve decided to go with a ‘Podcast Roundup’ article which has the latest two podcasts for your enjoyment. The reasoning behind this is to take up less space on the site for the great written content we have at BTSC.

Nonetheless, enjoy the shows below with a brief description of each show.

Here We Go, The Steelers Show: Is George Pickens the key to unlocking the Steelers’ offense?

Join Bryan Anthony Davis and Kevin Smith for Here We Go. The BTSC duo break down the Steelers like no one else does as Coach Smith and BAD talk about the best-case scenarios with the selection of George Pickens.

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Steelers receiver Diontae Johnson is “holding in” at the onset of training camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. However, he’s still getting work, so is it really that big of a deal? And isn’t it a bit too late to worry about it considering previous hold ins by Cam Heyward and T.J. Watt? All that and more on this episode of Steelers Six Pack With Tony with veteran BTSC podcaster and writer Tony Defeo.

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With training camp starting, have the Steelers done enough and where are the holes are on offense and defense? That’s the latest topic of discussion from Daniel Jay on the State of the Steelers. Join Daniel for the latest new offering from the Behind the Steel Curtain family of podcasts in addressing the State of the Steelers.

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Friday Night Steelers Six Pack of questions and open thread: Training Camp Vol. 1

Fri, 07/29/2022 - 5:45pm
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There is always something to talk about when it comes to the Black & Gold!

It’s Friday again, so it’s time for the six pack of questions. It seems as if Jeff and Dave come to a consensus in cutting to the chase...

This week, I, Jeff, will be tasked with the questions up for discussion.

The rules are still the same...

Quick rundown of the ground rules.

  • I’ll ask at least four questions strictly related to the Steelers.
  • The rest of the questions could be about anything.
  • Be respectful.
  • Have fun talking about the Black-and-gold.

Procedural Note: Since the title feature has gone away, please feel free to leave your usual title as the first line of your response and even bold it if you can for the ease of others.

So here we go! With the formalities out of the way, it’s time to jump on in. Hopefully this party is exactly what you’re looking for on a Friday night. Here goes:

1. Training camp is upon us! The first question is how you personally handle reports coming from camp? Do you take them with a grain of salt, or do you believe everything you ready from Latrobe?

2. If you met a big-name Steelers player, current or former, and it wasn’t interrupting their lives, would you ask for an autograph, or ask for a photo?

3. The Steelers have only had three practices, but who is a player you’ve been pleasantly surprised with what you’ve read/seen from them so far?

4. What is your favorite drill to read about from camp?

7 Shots?

‘Backs on ‘Backers?

Two/Four Minute Drill?

Some other drill?

5. Which new face will have the biggest impact on the team in 2022?

  • Larry Ogunjobi
  • Myles Jack
  • Mitch Trubisky
  • Levi Wallace
  • James Daniels

6. I’m headed to the beach for the next week, what is your favorite concoction to have with your toes in the sand? Share the recipe!

Stay safe out there!

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Steelers ‘Digit Dynasty’: Who wore the number best? No. 76-99

Fri, 07/29/2022 - 2:30pm
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In the final installment of the four-part series, we take a look at the greatest players to wear the numbers 76-99 for the black and gold.

In Parts One, Two, and Three of Steelers Digit Dynasty, BTSC examined the best of the best to wear the numbers from 0-75 in franchise history. This time around, our journey takes us through No. 99. We will answer such burning digital questions like:

  • Will T.J. Watt’s five-year accomplishments place him as the all-time best nine-zero already?
  • Who is keeping Jason Gildon, Louis Lipps and Brett Keisel off of the list?
  • Which No. 1 Picks failed to win their specific number?

In the final installment of the four-part “Digit Dynasty” series, we recognize the best Steelers players in franchise history to wear numbers 76 to 99.

We will see. Let’s take a look.

Part Four: Numbers 76-99

Note: Years provided came from The Pittsburgh Steelers 2021 Media Guide

No. 76 DT John Banaszak (1975-1981) Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images

The former head football coach at Robert Morris and Washington & Jefferson is a three-time Super Bowl champ in Steel Town. Hailing from Cleveland, the Banaszak family were Browns fans and needed to adjust to John suiting up for their hated rivals. Banaszak started at defensive end in Super Bowl’s XIII and XIV. After seven years with the Steelers, John won a USFL title with the Michigan Panthers in 1983.

Other Notables: DL Gene “Big Daddy” Lipscomb 1961-1962, DE Kevin Henry 1993-2000, DT Chris Hoke 2001-2011

Current Wearer: OL Chukwuma Okorafor

No. 77 OT Marvel Smith (2000-2009) Photo by Kirby Lee/NFLPhotoLibrary

Smith started 108 games at the tackle position in Pittsburgh. The second-round pick out of Arizona State was valuable as Ben Roethlisberger’s blind-side protector during both Super Bowl victories. Marvel spent his entire nine-year career in black and gold and went to the Pro Bowl in 2004.

Other Notables: G Steve Courson 1978-1983, OT Carlton Haselrig 1989-1993, OT Will Wolford 1996-1998, OT Marcus Gilbert 2011-2018

Current Wearer: OT John Leglue

No. 78 DE Dwight White (1971-1980) Photo by Robert Riger/Getty Images

A member of the fabled Steel Curtain, the intense “Mad Dog” was a four-time Super Bowl champ and is the first player to score points for the Steelers in the big game. Even though he was projected not to play in the game due to being hooked up to an IV in the hospital and losing 20 pounds because of pneumonia, White recorded a safety, sacking Fran Tarkenton in the end zone in Super Bowl IX. The two-time Pro Bowler spent all of his 10 years in Pittsburgh and recorded 46 sacks. Unfortunately, Dwight passed away in 2010.

Other Notables: DT Tim Johnson 1987-1989, OT Max Starks 2004-2012, OT Alejandro Villanueva 2014-2020

Current Wearer: G James Daniels

No. 79 OT Larry Brown (1971-1984) Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images

Brown started his career wearing No. 87 and playing tight end. He caught a touchdown pass from Terry Bradshaw in Super Bowl IX. In 1977, Brown changed his position to OT and his number to No. 79. Brown was a solid presence on the line, earning a Pro Bowl nod late in his career in 1982. Brown is one of 22 players to play in all four Super Bowls in the 1970s. He spent 14 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Other Notables: DE Lou Michaels 1961-1963, OT John Rienstra 1986-1990, OT Trai Essex 2005-2011, Javon Hargrave 2016-2019

Current Wearer: C Chris Owens

No. 80 CB Jack Butler (1951-1959)

During nine seasons in Pittsburgh, the Butler did it. The cornerback picked off 52 passes, which was good for second in team history. A member of the league’s 50th Anniversary team and a four-time Pro Bowl selection, Butler was enshrined in Canton in 2012, a year before his passing.

Other Notables: WR Wayne Capers 1983-1984, WR Plaxico Burress 2000-2004 and 2012-2013, WR Cedrick Wilson 2005-2007

Current Wearer: WR Tyler Vaughns

No. 81 TE Elbie Nickel (1947-1957)

Regarded as one of the best tight ends ever to play the game in Pittsburgh, Nickel caught 329 balls for 5,131 yards and 37 touchdowns. Nickel was a three-time Pro Bowler and a member of the Steelers’ All-Time team.

Other Notables: WR Jeff Graham 1991-1993, WR Charles Johnson 1994-1997, WR Troy Edwards 1999-2001, WR/ST Sean Morey 2004-2006, TE Jesse James 2015-2018

Current Wearer: TE Zach Gentry

No. 82 WR John Stallworth (1974-1987) Set Number: X23075 TK1 F20

From that epic draft class of ‘74, Stallworth became Bradshaw’s most reliable go-to-guy in later years. The Hall of Famer was productive later in his career, having his best season with career highs of 80 catches, 1395 yards and 11 touchdowns in 1984. He ended with 537 receptions and 63 scores. Stallworth was selected to 3 Pro Bowls and is a member of the Steelers All-Time team.

Honorable Mention: WR Yancey Thigpen 1992-1997, WR Bobby Shaw 1999-2001, WR/KR Antwaan Randle-El 2002-2005 2010

Current Player: WR Steven Sims

No. 83 TE Heath Miller (2005-2015)

This was a three-way battle between Miller, Buddy Dial and Louis Lipps. Miller got the nod for defining the tight end position in Pittsburgh. The first rounder in 2005 served as Ben Roethlisberger’s safety valve in the passing game. Twice a Pro-Bowler, his 592 career receptions rank him second in franchise history. Heath, who retired prior to the 2016 season, sits at third in team history with 592 receptions and fourth with 6,569 receiving yards.

Other Notables: WR Buddy Dial 1959, WR Theo Bell 1976-1980, WR Louis Lipps 1984-1991

Current Wearer: TE Connor Heyward

No. 84 WR Antonio Brown (2010-2018) Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images

His story is now complete in Pittsburgh and while his actions have him firmly as persona not grata in Pittsburgh, there’s no denying what AB did to the Steelers all-time record book. Brown led the NFL in 2015 with the second-most receptions in a single season in league history and boasts the single-season mark for yards and receptions in club history with 1,834 and 136 respectively. In his nine seasons as a Steeler, Brown ranks second on the team’s all-time receptions and second all-time in receiving yardage. His 17 receptions for 284 yards in 2015 against Oakland are both team records for a single game. The six-time Pro-Bowler and five-time All-Pro is the only player in NFL history to surpass 1,000 yards in receiving and returns in a single season. Brown caught a touchdown pass in Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl victory after the 2020 season.

Other Notables: DE Bill McPeak 1951-1952 and 1954-1957, WR Buddy Dial 1960-1963, TE Randy Grossman 1974-1980, TE Mike Mularkey 1989-1991, TE Jerame Tuman 1999-2007

Current Wearer: WR Tyler Snead

No. 85 WR Calvin Sweeney (1980-1987) Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images

In eight seasons with the Steelers, The 6’2” Sweeney caught 113 balls for 1,775 yards and seven touchdowns. He has the distinction of being the last player to catch a pass from Terry Bradshaw.

Other Notables: TE Jonathan Hayes 1994-1996, TE Jay Riemersma 2003-2004, WR Nate Washington 2005-2008, TE David Johnson 2009-2013

Current Wearer: TE Jace Sternberger

No. 86 WR Hines Ward (1998-2011) Photo by Kirby Lee/Getty Images

With 1,000 career receptions, Ward is tops all-time when listing the best Steeler receivers. His 12,083 receiving yards ranks him 23rd in NFL history. One of the most popular players to wear the black-and-gold, Hines was a devastating blocker when he didn’t have the ball. The 14-year veteran was a four-time Pro Bowler, a three-time All-Pro, a two-time Super Bowl champ and the Super Bowl XL MVP. A member of the Steelers All-Time Team, the Dancing With The Stars-Mirror Bowl winner also wore #86 and scored a touchdown for the Gotham Rogues in The Dark Knight Rises. The annual watch continues to see if The legendary Steeler makes it to Canton.

Other Notables: WR Jim Smith 1977-1982, TE Eric Green 1990-1994

Current Wearer: None

No. 87 TE Mark Breuner (1995-2003) Photo by Tom Pidgeon/Getty Images

The Steelers first-round selection in 1995 stayed for nine seasons. Known primarily for his blocking skills, Breuner caught 137 passes and scored 16 times in Pittsburgh. He is currently a scout in Pittsburgh for the franchise.

Other Notables: WR Roy Jefferson 1965-1969, TE Larry Brown 1971-1976, WR Weegie Thompson 1984-1989, TE Adrian Cooper 1991-1993

Current Wearer: TE Kevin Rader

No. 88 WR Lynn Swann (1974-1982)

Swann was the Steelers’ first selection of the phenomenal 1974 draft. Over nine seasons, the Hall of Famer collected 336 receptions for 5,462 yards and 51 scores. Swann, who was knocked out with a concussion in the 1975 AFC championship, unbelievably returned to the lineup in Super Bowl X and garnered MVP honors with 161 yards receiving and two highlight-reel catches. Swann, who was the Athletic Director at USC, his alma mater, was selected to the Pro Bowl thrice and named All-Pro three times. He is a member of the Steelers All-Time team and the NFL’s 70s All-Decade Team.

Other Notables: WR Andre Hastings 1993-1996, WR Courtney Hawkins 1997-2000, 1988 Terance Mathis 2002, WR Emmanuel Sanders 2010-2013

Current Wearer: TE Pat Freiermuth

No. 89 TE Bennie Cunningham (1976-1985) Photo by Getty Images/Bob Riha, Jr.

The Steelers’ top choice in the 1976 draft was the tight end from Clemson. Cunningham spent a decade with the Steelers and was a contributor on the Super Bowl XIII and XIV teams. Bennie snagged 202 passes for 2,879 yards. Cunningham, who passed away in 2018, had 20 TDs in his 10-year career.

Other Notables: DT Ernie Stautner 1951, Ernie Mills 1991-1996, WR Will Blackwell 1997-2001, Jerricho Cotchery 2011-2013, TE Matt Spaeth 2007-2010 and 2014-2015

Current Wearer: WR/KR Gunner Olszewski

No. 90 T.J. Watt-LB (2017-Present) Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

Watt supplanted Steve McLendon on the list after only one season with the Steelers in 2018. Now going into his sixth season, his 72 sacks during his first five campaigns cement his merit on this list. T.J. needs just nine sacks to surpass James Harrison as the all-time leading sack master for the Steelers and is 128 behind Bruce Smith on the all-time list. No. 90 is counted on to be a defensive leader well into the next decade.

Other Notables: DB/LB Bob Kohrs 1981-1985, LB Tyronne Stowe 1987-1990, DL Bill Johnson 1995-1996, DL Jeff Zgonina 93-94, DL Travis Kirschke 2004-2009, Steve McLendon 2010-2015

Current Wearer: Watt

No. 91 (Tie) Kevin Greene (1993-1995) and DE Aaron Smith (1999-2011) Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images

This is going to spark huge debate, but here goes.

Aaron Smith, named to the Sports Illustrated 2000s All-Decade Team, spent 13 seasons in the trenches for the Steelers. The Pro Bowler had 453 tackles and 44 quarterback sacks during his career. The blue-collar Smith is a two-time Super Bowl Champion and had appeared in five AFC Title Games. However, Hall of Farmer Kevin Greene played like one in the mere three seasons that he spent in Pittsburgh. Absolutely dominant in his Steeler syears, the Herculean Green had 35.5 sacks and 154 tackles during that short tenure. Imagine if he had arrived in Pittsburgh as a rookie in 1985.

Other Notables: LB Jerrol Williams 1989, Stephon Tuitt 2014-Present

Current Wearer: None

No. 92 LB James Harrison (2004-2012 and 2014-2017) Photo by: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

James Harrison is the choice. Harrison still owns the franchise sack lead of 80.5. But the 2008 Defensive Player of the Year honor and the Super Bowl XLIII interception return seals it for the man they call “Deebo”. Harrison is a five-time Pro Bowler, four-time All-Pro and two-time Steeler MVP. Harrison initially wore No. 93 in Pittsburgh.

Other Notables: DT Keith Gary 1983-1988, LB Jerry Olsavsky 1989, LB Jason Gildon 1994-2003

Current Wearer: DE Isaiahh Loudermilk

No. 93 DE Keith Willis 1982-1991

For ten years, Willis was an underrated force for the Steelers. The undrafted free agent out of Northeastern in 1982 twice had double digit sacks (14 in 1983 and 12 in 1986). The current defensive line coach for the Titans ranks fourth all-time in Steeers sacks with 59.

Other Notables: NT Joel Steed 1992-1999, LB James Harrison 2002, DL Nick Eason 2007-2010, LB Jason Worilds 2011-2014

Current Wearer: LB Mark Robinson

No. 94 LB Lawrence Timmons (2007-2016) Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Timmons has been a steady performer since being Mike Tomlin’s first-ever draft selection in 2007. The hulking linebacker played in 16 games as a rookie and his playing time increased during the Super Bowl XLIII season. Timmons recorded 5 tackles in the big game victory over Arizona in Tampa. The “Law Dog” was named All-Pro and went to his first Pro Bowl in 2014. Timmons left for the Dolphins in 2017. Timmons mom was a huge basketball fan and named her son Lawrence Olajuwon Timmons.

Other Notables: LB Chad Brown 1993-1996 and 2006, DL Jeremy Staat 1998-2000, Rodney Bailey 2001-2003, Andre Frazier 2005

Current Wearer: DE Tyson Alualu

No. 95 LB Greg Lloyd (1988-1997) Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images

The man who once wore a t-shirt that read “I wasn’t hired for my disposition” was a difference-maker on defense. The dominance of Greg Lloyd was first apparent when he three-counted out a Jets player, in 1989. Lloyd, the leader of the famed “Blitzburgh” defense of the 1990s, ranks eighth among all-time team leaders with 53.5 sacks and second with 15 fumble recoveries. The five-time Pro Bowler, three-time All-Pro and two-time Steelers MVP is a member of Pittsburgh’s All-Time Team.

Other Notables: DL John Goodman 1980-1985, LB Jarvis Jones 2013-2016

Current Wearer: DT Chris Wormley

No. 96 DT Brentson Buckner (1994-1996) Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images

Buckner, a second-round pick from Clemson in 1994, suited-up for three seasons with the Steelers. After missing the first three games of his rookie year, Brentson played the remainder of the season, including both playoff games, and also appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Buckner started in Super Bowl XXX. Before being traded to Kansas City, the big defensive lineman tallied eight sacks for the Steelers. Brentson Buckner served from 2010-2012 as a coaching intern, and is now a defensive line coach for Jacksonville.

Other Notables: LB Mike Vrabel 1997, DL Kendrick Clancy 2000-2004, DL Evander “Ziggy” Hood 2009-2013

Current Wearer: DT Daniel Archibong

No. 97 DE Cameron Heyward (2011-Present)

It took Heyward until his third season to break out. He has since emerged as a locker room leader while remaining a dynamo on the field. With 68 sacks, Cam is sixth all-time in team sacks and 13 sacks away from breaking James Harrison’s all-time franchise mark. Heyward is a five-time Pro Bowl selection and thrice a first-team All-Pro. Cam’s all-out play and dedication to the city puts him in the conversation with his father, Ironhead, as a Pittsburgh football legend.

Other Notables: DE Aaron Jones (1988-1992), DE Ray Seals 1994-1996, DL Rod Manuel 1997-1998, LB Kendrell Bell 2001-2003, LB Arnold Harrison (2006-2009), LB Jason Worilds 2010

Current Wearer: Heyward

No. 98 NT Casey Hampton (2001-2012) Photo by Albert Dickson/Sporting News via Getty Images via Getty Images

”The Big Snack” was a beast that clogged up the middle for over a decade. Hampton came up big with a sack in Super Bowl XL and is regarded as the best nose tackle ever to squeeze into the black-and-gold jersey. Casey was selected to the Pro Bowl five times and was named to The Steelers’ All-Time Team.

Other Notables: DT Gerald Williams 1986-1994, DL Oliver Gibson 1995-1998, LB Vince Williams 2013-2020

Current Wearer: DT DeMarvin Leal

No. 99 LB Levon Kirkland (1992-2000)

A team-MVP in 1998 and 1999, Kirkland was a long-time stalwart and leader on defense. The two-time All-Pro cranked out 808 tackles and 11 picks in his Steelers days. Kirkland was named to the All-Decade team for the 90s.

Other Notables: DL Darryl Sims 1985-1986, DE Brett Keisel 2002-2014

Current Wearer: DE Henry Mondeaux

These are the digits that define the decades...who will be next?

Check out Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the Digit Dynasty Series

Steelers 2022 Training Camp Tracker: Tracking Friday’s practice

Fri, 07/29/2022 - 1:41pm
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Steelers are hitting the field at St. Vincent College in Latrobe to prepare for the 2022 season.

With two practices down so far in Latrobe for 2022 training camp, the Pittsburgh Steelers getting back on the field at St. Vincent College for practice is starting to become a routine.

After being forced to hold training camp at Heinz Field the last two seasons, the Steelers are back in Latrobe for four weeks before breaking camp the day before their second preseason game.

When it comes to the training camp schedule, it is much more known than it was the last two years. The Steelers will continue with practice today, but will not be in full pads until Monday, August 1. The team is not scheduled to practice on any Sundays, but all other days of the week will see practice of some kind. For those hoping to attend practice at St. Vincent, make sure you reserve your free tickets through Ticketmaster.

Check out the information below as the players hit the field in preparation for the 2022 season, starting with some player interviews before practice if available. If any additional information or reports become available, they will be updated below. Posts will come mostly in chronological order with new updates at the bottom.

Chase Claypool on being versatile lining up lots of places in the offense pic.twitter.com/L57A80NRhU

— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) July 29, 2022

Chase Claypool on Steelers teammate George Pickens: “I think he’s gonna be the best rookie receiver in the NFL.”

— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) July 29, 2022

DB Arthur Maulet says things pic.twitter.com/fk2FGRbVxf

— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) July 29, 2022

Chase Claypool praised Mason Rudolph's accuracy this morning:

"Mason, all the receivers say, he's one of the most accurate quarterback. It's crazy how accurate he is. He doesn't get enough praise and attention. He's just as in the running as each of those guys."

— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 29, 2022

Alex Highsmith said he is working on finishing. Said that can help him make the jump to “12-plus sacks.” Aiming high.

— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) July 29, 2022

@DerekWatt34 | @_TJWatt pic.twitter.com/OYOlONvjRj

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) July 29, 2022

There is a light drizzle falling here at Saint Vincent College as Friday's practice is getting ready to begin. But a nice crowd. And it appears the Steelers will be on Chuck Noll Field today.

— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) July 29, 2022

These never get old @ChaseClaypool | #SteelersCamp pic.twitter.com/gby5ACplxx

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) July 29, 2022

Wide receivers warming up with a rugby ball again today pic.twitter.com/sueVBQwDqn

— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 29, 2022

Stretch music at Steelers training camp just went from Forgot About Dre to Chicken Fried.

DJ is really running the gamut this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/YHezTvapIW

— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 29, 2022

They gave me the aux at Steelers training camp practice No. 3 pic.twitter.com/UGhWWmMQAc

— Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) July 29, 2022

Diontae Johnson participating in a WR sweep drill getting a handoff from QBs. Don’t remember seeing him do that before. pic.twitter.com/JM99HbWhwu

— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 29, 2022

Minkah Fitzpatrick still isn't practicing, but he was working with a trainer catching passes -- with one hand.

— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) July 29, 2022

Kenny Pickett should have every opportunity to be the Steelers starter

Fri, 07/29/2022 - 11:45am
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback trio makes for some serious debate, but Kenny Pickett should be given a chance to be “the guy” in 2022.

All eyes will be on who lines up behind newly acquired center Mason Cole come September 11th when the Pittsburgh Steelers take on Joe Burrow and the defending AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals in Paul Brown Stadium. The current consensus Week 1 starter heading into training camp is former No. 2 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, Mitchell David Trubisky. Trubisky was identified by the Pittsburgh Steelers early in free agency as a possible replacement to the recently retired, future first ballot Hall of Famer, Ben Roethlisberger. Trubisky was given the red carpet tour of the city of Pittsburgh, as done with those newly acquired players expected to have a significant role with the team. Offensive coordinator Matt Canada, left Guard Kevin Dotson, and interior defensive lineman Cam Heyward at different times have stated they were told by the team and/or head coach Mike Tomlin that Trubisky would be the starter based on experience and resume.

Many have speculated first-round pick Kenny Pickett would sit a year before having an opportunity to compete for the starting job, making the quarterback competition for the 2022 season either not as real as perceived, or between incumbent quarterback from the 2021 season Mason Rudolph and Trubisky.

I don’t think that’s necessarily true. I see Pickett being given a real chance to compete to be the 2022 season starter.

Pickett is his own quarterback with his own path. So I wont enter the debate of which is more beneficial for a rookie quarterback between starting right away for experience or sitting a year to learn from a veteran quarterback. I don’t think there is a ‘one size fits all’ answer for that debate. I will say due to the explosion of flag football, 7-on-7 ball, and various other football camps, has resulted in a higher skilled and cerebral athlete at a younger age. This is why I believe in the last six years there has been an uptick in good quarterbacks coming into the league who have developed much quicker than in years before. This might not mean they are necessarily starting Week 1, but relatively soon. So, to try to predict if, or when, Pickett starts before a practice snap in full pads has happened is impossible. Instead of attempting my best Nostradamus impression, I will explain why I think Pickett will be given the opportunity to be the starting quarterback for the Steelers early in the 2022 season.

For Pickett, he comes to the Steelers being regarded as the most pro-ready quarterback coming out of the 2022 NFL Draft. He was the 1st overall quarterback to be selected at the 20th spot. Pickett, by far, had the most experience from the other quarterbacks entering the draft having started games for the Pitt Panthers in 5 seasons, appearing in 52 games, throwing for 12,303 yards, 81 touchdowns, 32 interceptions, 62% completion percentage for a passer rating of 136.3. Majority of Pickett’s success came in his 5th, and final, season, where he led Pitt to an ACC Championship, broke Dan Marino’s single-season record, won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, was named a first team All-American and a finalist for the Heisman Trophy finishing in 3rd place.

What do all those accolades mean to the NFL and the Pittsburgh Steelers?....Nothing.

Pickett’s collegiate accomplishments, as great as they are, have only set him up for an opportunity to be a member of the team and have not guaranteed anything. Similar to how a team having great regular season play puts said team into position for the playoffs, but once the tournament starts, those regular season accolades mean nothing other than positioning. Pickett has positioned himself for the right to compete for the starting job.

Who ultimately decides to put Pickett in, if he is the best answer? That person is Mike Tomlin. Rumors spread rampant throughout the 2021 season referencing what would be the retirement of Ben Roethlisberger and who Tomlin expected to replace him. Just after the Week 5 game against the Denver Broncos, Jay Glazer, in a segment called “ask Glazer” when answering if Aaron Rodgers was to be traded to the Steelers for the 2022 season, answered:

“Mike Tomlin told me this too, that he doesn’t want to start over with a rookie, Steelers are going to want to go with a veteran.”

So that’s it, Trubisky is the starter...

Not so fast.

I prefer to take my opinion or thoughts of what coach Tomlin will or wont doing from Tomlin himself. Mike Tomlin doesn't hide his strong personality or intentions. He is known as a tell-you-how-it-is coach, whose honesty has made him one of the most respected coaches in the NFL by his peers and players. Tomlin is the king of consistency and preaches it to his staff and players. You hear ‘Tomlinisms’ from players all the time, from the “nameless gray faces” to the “5 star match up cause we in it”. Tomlin’s teachings can be found on every player and coach he comes across.

Tomlin was recently a guest on the Pivot Podcast with former Steelers safety Ryan Clark, former Jacksonville running back Fred Taylor and former Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder. On the podcast Tomlin stated he is very routine and was adamant of not seeking comfort.

Let’s look back at the last time there was a question at the quarterback position. 2019 Ben Roethlisberger goes down with a season-ending elbow injury in the second game of the season. Enter 2nd year quarterback Mason Rudolph. Rudolph would be knocked out a couple games later by Earl Thomas and the Baltimore Ravens. At that point, the legendary Devlin “Duck” Hodges, an undrafted rookie quarterback out of Stamford, would make his debut. Duck would start and win the next game on the road in prime time against the Los Angeles Chargers. Rudolph would return to the starting line up the next game in lieu of Duck’s victory against the Chargers.

Rudolph would go 5-3 in 2019 as a starter. Even though Rudolph had a winning record as a starter, Mike Tomlin pulled Rudolph, the potential heir apparent to Roethlisberger, a quarterback the Steelers reportedly had a 1st round grade on, for a quarterback going into 2019 was a camp arm in Duck Hodges.

Six quarters is all it took! After a 3-game winning streak, on a short week, Rudolph had his worst game as a professional quarterback against the Cleveland Browns. The infamous helmet attack on Rudolph by Myles Garrett. In that game Rudolph threw 4 interceptions to just one touchdown. The following week in Cincinnati, one interception is all it took for Tomlin to pull Rudolph in the 1st half.

That was not very long of a leash.

The Steelers were in a bad spot in 2019 losing the franchise quarterback due to injury. Rudolph would replace a benched Hodges against the Jets only to go down with a shoulder injury ending his season and with Hodges’ decline in play, also ending the Steelers season. Mike Tomlin did what it took so the 2019 Steelers would be competitive and, even though the season didn’t turn out as planned, the Steelers still finished with a winning record.

Tomlin did not swim in the comfort of his prior accomplishments, or use the excuse of losing Ben Roethlisberger to give up on that 2019 season. Tomlin could have coached for a high draft pick. Instead Tomlin and Kevin Colnert didnt blink and instead traded their 1st round pick for All-Pro safety Minkah Fitzpatrick.

Why would Tomlin change now? How long is Trubisky’s leash? Behind Trubisky is not a camp arm, it’s Kenny Pickett, the 1st round pick and hopefully the next franchise quarterback. If Pickett can show he is better than Trubisky, I don’t expect Tomlin to hold him back, even if Trubisky is on path for a winning record, as mentioned before, Tomlin doesn’t seek comfort and won’t be content for mediocrity. Does Tomlin sit Pickett, or can you see Pickett being the starter Week 1 or at any point in the 2022 season?

It doesn't have to be an either/or situation with Diontae Johnson and the Steelers

Fri, 07/29/2022 - 10:00am
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Diontae Johnson is stealing a page from T.J. Watt's contract negotiations, but their situations and leverage are far different.

We live in an ever increasing either/or society. "You're either with me, or you're against me" type reality. You can chose Team A or Team B, but you have to make a choice. No middle ground available, absolutely no riding the fence allowed.

The Steelers are already seeing that scenario play out at a couple of offensive positions. The quarterback position was easily predictable. You can be Team Trubisky, Team Pickett, or Team Rudolph. You can be one or the other, but you can't be all three. Every member of each support group are enthusiastic and fiercely committed, some more than others. Each passionate member can rattle off a multitude of feasible reasons for their support, or their lack of faith in the competition.

This promises to be a fascinating camp battle deep into the preseason. Hopefully answers can be gleaned prior to the start of the regular season.

The other polarizing decision for Steelers Nation would be the Diontae Johnson situation.

Based solely on the first practice of training camp, it appears Diontae Johnson is taking a page out of the T.J. Watt training camp playbook from last year, possibly staging his very own 'hold in'. A hold in is when you show up for camp, but you only participate in certain drills and on field activities.

The only problem with that plan is the fact that the two situations are quite different. T.J. Watt had to be considered the odds-on favorite for Defensive Player of the Year going into last season. With the best edge player in the NFL, the question was never if the deal would get done, only when. Absolutely no reason to risk injury while Omar Khan and the pencil pushers combed over the fine print of his record breaking contract. No panic or undo pressure on either side. Watt was going to be locked in for years to come.

Diontae Johnson is a really good wide receiver. With the receiver market blowing up this offseason, a receiver of Johnson's caliber is going to get paid, most likely a substantial pay raise. That reality is not up for debate. The only real question comes down to what is fair market value for Johnson's services, and how much are the Steelers willing to pay for said services?

The truth is the decision doesn't have to be a either/or situation for the Steelers and Steelers Nation. If it turns out that Johnson wants more than the Steelers are willing to fork over, thus pricing himself out of consideration, that doesn't mean that the Steelers don't value his contributions, only that the potential production wouldn't match the compensation.

No way that the Steelers could come close to matching the production loss of their best defender with a replacement level player if T.J. Watt would have taken his elite talents elsewhere. However, Johnson's contributions could possibly be matched, if not even exceeded, by potentially multiple players already on the roster.

The Steelers were talent deficient on offense in 2021. The offense lacked experience and talent at multiple position. It was further limited by a lack of QB mobility, game changing speed, and injuries. Diontae Johnson was a focal point on what was honestly an atrocious offensive attack. He was the only receiver capable of gaining consistent and rapid separation, therefore he was force feed the ball.

Johnson is like the best basketball player on a bad team. He put up impressive numbers because of, and in spite of, his often sub-par teammates. You trade that good player to a more talented team, and that player's numbers will inevitably be impacted. No longer the best, or only capable, player on the team, the new addition will have to make adjustments necessary to contribute to the team. That is the situation that faces Johnson this season.

Nobody is suggesting Johnson is worthless, only questioning if he is worth what it will cost to extend him. Nobody really knows for sure until we see it all play out on the field this season. This will be everyone's first look at how Matt Canada's offense plays at the highest level. The necessary elements are in place, next up is the execution.

The Steelers currently possess the NFL's highest paid defense, and the lowest paid offense. That will undoubtedly change in the near future. Hopefully the Steelers next franchise QB is already on the roster, but regardless if that proves true or not, the Steelers have a plethora of skill position talent that will need to be paid in the near future.

Najee Harris and Pat Freiermuth look like potentially elite talents at their positions. Chase Claypool appears ready to take a huge leap forward working the slot. George Pickens and Calvin Austin lll are explosive talents, to say the least. Unlike last season, tons of offensive talent, but only one football.

The offensive line appears to be trending upward after the influx of free agency talent this offseason, especially in the interior. However, the tackle positions are anything but certain, and may need upgraded before the Steelers can reach their full potential. If that happens, you can be sure it will be a costly solution. Even if Dan Moore proves to be the answer at left tackle, he will be in line for a substantial pay raise.

Bottom line, Diontae Johnson may prove more valuable in a more prolific passing attack. He is a elite route runner, who can get open even against top coverage corners. He lacks the size and toughness to make a living out of the slot, the strength to be an efficient blocker, and the speed to be an consistent deep threat. He can be extremely productive in the right system, but Canada's system doesn't appear to be an ideal fit.

I look forward to watching Johnson contribute to a much improved Steelers offense in 2022. Then the Steelers could revisit the possibility of continuing their working relationship with Johnson. But he has to start participating fully in training camp practices for that to happen. If not, a mutually agreed upon trade may be the only solution.

Predicting the outcome of each game on the Steelers’ 2022 regular season schedule

Fri, 07/29/2022 - 9:00am
Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Taking a look at the Pittsburgh Steelers 2022 schedule, and predicting the outcomes.

The anticipation of the NFL schedule release seems to grow each and every year. If you live in the area and frequently go to the games, you are excited to figure out which game is the most appealing to you and your schedule. If you do not live in the area and rely on your television to watch the games, you are eager to see which games are nationally televised and which regional games could potentially be shown in your area.

No matter what your situation is, we all love the schedule and enjoy predicting which games our beloved Steelers will win. On the bright side, the Steelers do not have to travel to the West Coast this year, but unfortunately, the AFC North expected to be one of the toughest divisions in football once again.

I am cautiously optimistic about the Steelers’ chances to make the playoffs, but in a challenging division and conference, the Steelers will likely need at least ten wins to make it into the playoffs. Let’s predict each game on Pittsburgh’s schedule and see if an AFC North division crown is feasible.

Week 1: at Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday, 9/11/22 1:00 (CBS)

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The reigning AFC North Champs will be a difficult test for the Steelers in Week 1 of the NFL season. Key additions along the offensive line could make the Bengals’ long-time weakness a strength, and the trio of Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd will be difficult for the Steelers corners to contain. However, I am not sold on the Bengals defense, and I think Mitch Trubisky will come out the gate swinging for the fences, eager to prove his career revival.

Prediction: Steelers 23, Bengals 21 (1-0)

Week 2: vs. New England Patriots

9/18/22 1:00 (CBS)

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The long-time AFC foe is still standing strong, but with a new quarterback in Mac Jones. Bill Belichick’s draft classes never look incredibly appealing, and this year’s class is no different. They did address key positions of need, but Mac Jones is still lacking a true number one receiver at his disposal. Losing J.C. Jackson and Stephon Gilmore are also huge for the defense. As difficult as it has been for the Steelers to formulate a way to down the Patriots, I think they come out on top in this one.

Prediction: Steelers 27, Patriots 20 (2-0)

Week 3: at Cleveland Browns

9/22/22 8:15 (Prime Video)

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The last time the Steelers played the Browns on Thursday Night Football.... well, let’s not talk about it. Let’s just hope Mason Rudolph is not the starting quarterback this time, both for his sake as well as ours. The Steelers have done relatively well on short rest under Mike Tomlin, and I expect it to be no different this year. It will not remain this exciting all season, but a 3-0 start will make the Steelers the primary discussion point in national media circles.

Prediction: Steelers 22, Browns 17 (3-0)

Week 4: vs. New York Jets

10/2/22 1:00 (CBS)

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This has all the makings of a dud game for the Steelers. It seems as if there are one or two of these games every year, where the Steelers just come out flat, especially after extended rest. Despite all the offseason drama surrounding Zach Wilson, the Jets have put together a nice complement of weapons for Wilson to utilize in 2022. Rookie receiver Garrett Wilson could be a lethal partner to second-year pro Elijah Moore, who dealt with injuries and sickness for a good chunk of the 2021 season. This game is a home game for the Steelers, but after riding high on momentum for multiple weeks, I think the Steelers finally have a letdown.

Prediction: Jets 30, Steelers 23 (3-1)

Week 5: at Buffalo Bills

10/9/22 1:00 (CBS)

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The Steelers delivered a surprising win against Buffalo in Week 1 last year, but can they do it two years in a row? Superstar quarterback Josh Allen is riding steady with a supporting cast of Stefon Diggs, Gabriel Davis, Dawson Knox, and newly drafted running back James Cook, and their defense looks to be one of the best in the league if corner Tre’Davious White can stay healthy. The Steelers do not have a legitimate CB1 on the roster, which could make Stefon Diggs a huge liability. Bills win in a nail-biter.

Prediction: Bills 28, Steelers 27 (3-2)

Week 6: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

10/16/22 1:00 (FOX)

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The Steelers are back at home to face Tom Brady for what will be one of the best games in the early afternoon time slot in Week 6. Chris Godwin is still working his way back from injury and could be inactive for this game if he winds up on the PUP list to begin the season, and the Steelers do not have to worry about Gronk this time, unless, of course, he decides to come back again, which can never be ruled out with him. I think the Steelers defense matches up well against the Bucs’ current offensive scheme, and I think the Steelers can keep this one under control.

Prediction: Steelers 24, Buccaneers 20 (4-2)

Week 7: at Miami Dolphins

10/23/22 8:30 (NBC)

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Tua Tagovailoa, it is time to shine, because if you do not, you may be out of a starting job next year. Tua is an immensely talented quarterback, but he has been unable to stay healthy for any length of time. However, he has weapons everywhere he looks. Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle will give him speed for days, and Mike Gesicki has become a key entity in the red-zone offense. Running back additions Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert will also add explosiveness to the offense. The Steelers do not play well in Florida, so beware of this one.

Prediction: Dolphins 29, Steelers 21 (4-3)

Week 8: at Philadelphia Eagles

10/30/22 1:00 (CBS)

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The Steagles rivalry renewed! I have been really impressed with Philly’s offseason, as they have added big-time pieces at their biggest positions of need. Jordan Davis will add more stability to their run defense, A.J. Brown will give Jalen Hurts a proven WR1, and James Bradberry will lock down the cornerback spot opposite Darius Slay. I trust the Steelers’ ability to contain Jalen Hurts as a runner, but can Levi Wallace and Ahkello Witherspoon hold up against A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith? I could see this as a breakout game for DeVonta Smith, who matches up well against either of the Steelers top corners.

Prediction: Eagles 24, Steelers 13 (4-4)

Week 9: Bye

The middle is always a nice spot.

Week 10: vs. New Orleans Saints

11/13/22 1:00 (FOX)

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The Steelers are infamous for poor starts after the bye week, but being at home and against a team in a state of transition, I feel pretty confident about this one. If Jameis Winston can throw it to his receivers more than he will throw it to Steelers defenders, they may have a fighting chance, but overall, Jameis Winston does not scare me in the slightest, nor does the rest of the roster. Atlanta is definitely at the bottom of the NFC South, but the Saints are not that far behind. If you are looking for a team most likely to underperform based on current expectation for 2022, look no further than the Saints.

Prediction: Steelers 26, Saints 12 (5-4)

Week 11: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

11/20/22 8:20 (NBC)

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The Steelers couldn’t possibly beat the Bengals twice in 2022, could they? The Steelers typically perform well in primetime, and this game is also at Acrisure Stadium. The recent news of Joe Burrow’s upcoming surgery will likely not change his mid-season outlook, but even with the new acquisitions on the offensive line, I see the Steelers pass rush giving Burrow fits on Sunday Night Football. Perhaps we even see a defensive touchdown.

Prediction: Steelers 27, Bengals 20 (6-4)

Week 12: at Indianapolis Colts

11/28/22 8:15 (ESPN)

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Do not get me wrong, I think this Colts team has the potential to make a deep run in the postseason. However, I like how the Steelers matchup in this one. Indy has some older pieces at corner, and I am not sure they will be able to handle the athleticism of the Steelers receivers. If the Steelers can hold Jonathan Taylor under 150 yards, I think they will come out on top.

Prediction: Steelers 18, Colts 14 (7-4)

Week 13: at Atlanta Falcons

12/4/22 1:00 (CBS)

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The Falcons have maybe the best chance to land the number one overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. Enough said. What would add appeal to this game would be if both Desmond Ridder and Kenny Pickett started.

Prediction: Steelers 34, Falcons 19 (8-4)

Week 14: vs. Baltimore Ravens

12/11/22 1:00 (CBS)

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Is it just me, or does it seem like the Steelers and Ravens often beat each other when they are away from home? This is late for the Steelers to be playing their archrivals for the first time of the year, but I cannot help but imagine how much this game may feel like a playoff game. There always seems to be a lot on the line in games like these, and this year should be no different. The Steelers have done well containing Lamar Jackson, but people are sleeping on this Ravens defense. I expect theirs to be one of the best in the league, and after putting up 34 points the previous week, I do not see the Steelers duplicating a performance like that the next week.

Prediction: Ravens 23, Steelers 15 (8-5)

Week 15: at Carolina Panthers

12/18/22 1:00 (CBS)

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I said this last year (and was wrong), but I think too many people are sleeping on this Panthers team. The offensive line looks much better on paper this year, and that was the true downfall of their team last year. Even with Baker Mayfield at quarterback, I think Carolina pulls this one out in the final minutes of regulation.

Prediction: Panthers 24, Steelers 20 (8-6)

Week 16: vs. Las Vegas Raiders

12/24/22 8:15 (NFL Network)

Ah, yes! A special anniversary game for a special reception that will forever go down as nothing short of miraculous. Will we see anything historic happen this time? Only time will tell, but regardless, the Steelers defense will be on their toes trying to stop a talented trio of Davante Adams, Hunter Renfrow, and Darren Waller. Fortunately, I see there being more motivation for the Steelers to win this game, based on the circumstances. It is also possible that playoff seeding or Wild Card spots are determined by the outcome of this game. Steelers win, but in a tight one.

Prediction: Steelers 31, Raiders 28 (9-6)

Week 17: at Baltimore Ravens

1/1/22 1:00 CBS

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Any chance this game is flexed to a later time? Very rarely do the Steelers play both matchups against the Ravens in the 1:00 window. When push comes to shove, I think the Steelers have more talent on offense than the Ravens do, and I think that makes enough of a difference to split the season series 1-1.

Prediction: Steelers 28, Ravens 24 (10-6)

Week 18: vs. Cleveland Browns

TBD

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Ten wins may not be enough for the Steelers to make the playoffs in a stacked AFC, so Week 18 is crucial. Even if the Browns are out of contention, you can guarantee they would like nothing more than to play spoiler on their hated foe. Even though this game is at home, I just get a sneaky suspicion the Browns will play up to their competition and make life difficult for the Steelers. My heart says Steelers, but my gut says Browns. Even without Deshaun Watson, beating the Browns twice is a tall task. I think Nick Chubb makes the difference in the 4th quarter.

Prediction: Browns 24, Steelers 17 (10-7)

How do you think the Steelers will do in 2022? What do you think their record will be? Be sure to share your thoughts on this and all things Pittsburgh Steelers in the comment section below!

Training Camp Recap, Day 2: Rain doesn’t damped Steelers work

Fri, 07/29/2022 - 8:00am
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back at Training Camp, and it is time to check out what went down during the latest practice!

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back at Saint Vincent College for the first time since 2019, and fans have descended on Latrobe, PA in hopes of catching a glimpse of the 2022 team.

What went down during the latest training camp practice? That is where this article comes in. Check out all that was said, as well as photos and videos from the day’s workouts.

Here we go...

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a lot of questions marks across the roster, and it will take every practice and preseason game for the coaching staff to find a way to get answers to those questions. There were a lot of storylines to come out of Thursday’s practice, and we highlight some of those below:

Not ideal conditions

The weather didn’t look good for the Steelers, and it started off poorly with rain storms moving the team to their turf field at Saint Vincent. It didn’t force the fans out of the bleachers, and it also didn’t stop the work Mike Tomlin wanted to get done. Without thunder or lightning threatening both players and fan safety, the Steelers were still able to get a full workout in with the rain dissipating by the end of practice.

Because of rain, Steelers move practice to turf field. pic.twitter.com/jRBvYh5qdu

— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) July 28, 2022

7 Shots Returns

Even in the rain fans were treated to the first ‘7 Shots’ drill of camp. For those who don’t know what the ‘7 Shots’ drill is, it is simple. The ball is placed at the two-yard line, and seven plays are run from that spot. If the offense scores, they win that repetition. If they don’t, the defense wins that play. Best of seven. Only two quarterbacks participated in the drill, and they were Mitch Trubisky and Mason Rudolph. Trubisky went 3-for-4 in the drill. As for Rudolph, he went 1-for-3. Nonetheless, the offense was able to win the first ‘7 Shots’ of 2022 training camp, by the score 4-3.

First 7 shots goal line drill of camp:

Mitch Trubisky 3/4, one pass picked off by Devin Bush after a PBU by Terrell Edmunds. Had TDs to Claypool, Miller, Gentry

Mason Rudolph 1/3, Justin Layne dropped INT, another PBU by Norwood. Scored on final play w/ pass to Tyler Vaughns.

— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 28, 2022

Kendrick Green

Several players were made available to the media after practice, and there were plenty of good soundbites coming from these players. None were more surprising than Kendrick Green suggesting he didn’t like playing center, the position which got him into the starting lineup in 2021. To be fair, Green played guard in college, and he feels it is his strong suit. The Steelers feel determined to give Green a shot to beat out Kevin Dotson to start at left guard, nonetheless it was weird to see Green make these comments.

Kendrick Green, who repped w/ the 1s at LG today, is happier back at guard after playing C last year

"I think I'm going be a lot better at guard. To be honest, I didn't really like playing center, but it is what it is. I'm definitely just kind of happy to get back to what I did"

— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 28, 2022

CB Update

Just like Green and Dotson have been rotating at left guard, so have the cornerbacks. It seems as if Arthur Maulet and Levi Wallace are pushing for repetitions so far in camp. On Day 2, it was Maulet, not Wallace, getting the start with the top defensive unit.

Arthur Maulet seems to be pushing Levi Wallace to be a starter at CB. took the first reps today

Kendrick Green was LG1 today with Kevin Dotson running with the 2s

— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) July 28, 2022

ILB Update

Fans who attended practices at Saint Vincent might have noticed a rotation happening at the inside linebacker position. These rotations are to ease the wear and tear off players like Devin Bush, Myles Jack and Robert Spillane. However, defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said he has no plans of doing this in-season, unlike what happened at the end of 2021.

Steelers DC Teryl Austin said that the musical chairs at ILB is to take some wear and tear of Bush, Spillane, Jack. When asked about it working last year at end of season, he said "I had no say so in that" in a way that I took he's not interested in doing it like that.

— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) July 28, 2022

Cam Responds

Cam Heyward is far-and-away the leader of the Steelers. When Ben Roethlisberger made comments about the current roster being filled with me-first players, Heyward responded. In fact, he doubled down on those comments after Thursday’s practice.

.@DVEMike asks about red flags about potential me-first guys.

Cam Heyward: “if you’re taking off your pads in the middle of a game, we’re going to have a problem.” pic.twitter.com/E9cqMN62oR

— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 28, 2022

Injury Report

It’s always good when the lone injury from a camp practice is when a player leaves with “lower body tightness” and not as significant injury of any kind.

Only one injury note from #SteelersCamp TE Pat Freiermuth had some lower body tightness which prevented him from finishing practice

— Bob Pompeani (@KDPomp) July 28, 2022

Post-Workout

Diontae Johnson continues his hold-in as he hopes to get a new contract before the start of the season. He isn’t doing any team drills, but it doesn’t mean he isn’t putting in work.

The last player still on the field working an hour after practice ended ... Diontae Johnson.

— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) July 28, 2022

Take a look at some of what Johnson is doing during the team’s workouts while he hones his craft.

And here he is on the side after the quarterbacks take over. Same routine as yesterday. pic.twitter.com/mpzq4DiDGF

— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) July 28, 2022

While Cam Heyward is the team’s leader, he also supports his fellow players to get what they feel they deserve. So, unless it hurts the team, Heyward is fully supporting Johnson trying to get a new contract.

Cam Heyward said he knows exactly where Diontae Johnson is@coming from by holding in. He says he has no problem with it as long as there is no disruption with the team.

— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) July 28, 2022

INTs

With practice comes risks taken. With practice comes mistakes. Interceptions are bound to happen, and the Steelers defense was able to corral two interceptions in the waning moments of Thursday’s practice.

In what likely is the last team period, Robert Spillane intercepted Mitch Trubisky over the middle.

— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) July 28, 2022

Kenny Pickett’s first pass attempt on teams is intercepted by Chris Steele over the middle.

— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) July 28, 2022

Video

WR Miles Boykin talks about playing for both the Ravens and now Steelers, as well as his new position room pic.twitter.com/YW9Zzv92rf

— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) July 28, 2022

Kevin Dotson is excited to get back to establishing himself as a “People Mover” at left guard pic.twitter.com/7y75IL9GgD

— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) July 28, 2022

#Steelers Offensive Line is one of the top 5 storylines of this #SteelersTrainingCamp pic.twitter.com/VZSdoJwnPT

— Bob Pompeani (@KDPomp) July 28, 2022

Ball security is ALWAYS a point of emphasis at #SteelersTrainingCamp and this year is NO exception. Running backs asked to make tough catches today pic.twitter.com/zN0wYlF1xz

— Bob Pompeani (@KDPomp) July 28, 2022

Wide receivers aren’t the only ones that benefit from using the jugs machine. ⁦@rell_island6⁩ Terrell Edmunds also spent a lot of time after practice #SteelersTrainingCamp pic.twitter.com/xFjLL4ZfAS

— Bob Pompeani (@KDPomp) July 28, 2022

Minkah Fitzpatrick getting in some hand-eye Coordination drills. His right wrist looks fine. (He’s on #NFI list Non Football Injury List #Steelers @KDKA pic.twitter.com/LgfZYLadtv

— Bob Pompeani (@KDPomp) July 28, 2022

Photos

Minkah Fitzpatrick working with tennis balls. Might not get to the Super Bowl but he can win Wimbledon. pic.twitter.com/Zu36V43gf8

— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) July 29, 2022

T.J. Watt thinks Alex Highsmith is close to learning how to finish and “taking that next step.” pic.twitter.com/o3prZhViLI

— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) July 29, 2022

7 players mentioned by Mike Tomlin following Thursday’s training camp practice

Fri, 07/29/2022 - 7:00am
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Speaking to the media following practice each day of training camp, the Steelers head coach answered many questions about specific players.

As the 2022 Pittsburgh Steelers continue to practice for training camp at St. Vincent College on Thursday, we were also graced with a media session from head coach Mike Tomlin. For that reason, it’s time for another installment of the “players mentioned” article. Remember these are current players where a specific question was asked during the Q&A period.

T.J. Watt

After not participating in training camp in 2021 due to working out a new contract, the NFL’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year T.J. Watt is picking up right where he left off at the end of last season. Coach Tomlin was asked if it’s nice to see T.J. doing T.J. things or if it’s difficult because the offense can’t get a snap in at times.

“I am not going to discourage T.J. [Watt] from being T.J.”

Mason Rudolph

Much do the dismay of a portion of Steelers’ Nation, Mason Rudolph is not fading into the background of the Steelers quarterback competition. Coach Tomlin was asked what he has gotten from Rudolph from OTA‘s through the first couple training camp practices.

“He’s been Mason [Rudolph]. He’s taken advantage of opportunities, he’s been detailed, he’s doing a good job communicating with others. He’s been competitive. Not anything out of the usual in terms of his approach to business.”

George Pickens & Calvin Austin III

An integral part of the Steelers offense for 2022 is the acclamation of the two wide receivers taken in this year‘s draft in George Pickens and Calvin Austin. Coach Tomlin was asked what he has seen so far from his two rookie wide receivers.

“They’re doing a really good job and they’re getting an opportunity to get some reps. There are some mistakes, but that’s part of the process. Do they not make the same mistake twice? How did they learn from those mistakes? When they’re less than certain, do they still play at full speed? I think those are certain things you look for in the wide receiver position, and they’re getting an opportunity to learn those lessons and display their skills.”

Miles Boykin & Anthony Miller

In a follow up to the previous question, Coach Tomlin was asked if some of the veteran receivers such as Miles Boykin and Anthony Miller are sensing an opportunity thus far.

“Absolutely.”

Robert Spillane

The rotation at inside linebacker has been a topic for discussion over the first two days of training camp practices. Coach Tomlin was asked what Robert Spillane brings to the team that other players may not.

“I hadn’t thought about it in that way. I’m really just focused on getting him better. It’s been a nice maturation process for him. He has asked good questions. He’s a football guy, he’s a junkie. You start to see that turn up in his play. And I think that’s a reasonable expectation for a guy that has attention to detail and that passion for the game.”

Mike Tomlin’s media session can be seen HERE on the Steelers YouTube channel.

Knee-Jerk Reactions to Day 2 of Steelers 2022 Training Camp

Fri, 07/29/2022 - 6:00am
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

One BTSC writer shares his initial and real time unadulterated reactions to Day 2 live from Steelers Training Camp.

Knee-jerk Reactions are immediate responses to a situation without taking the time to analyze the situation. As sports fans, we typically do this every time our team takes the field or is in the news for one reason or another. Steelers’ fans are no different. As is the custom, knee jerk thoughts are recorded in real time and are published immediately after each Steelers experience. It’s the BTSC version of shooting first and apologizing later. So with that being said, I’m going to employ that philosophy here during the my trip to Day 2 of Steelers Training Camp in Latrobe. Here are my initial reactions to seeing the Steelers in camp.

  • Getting into the Field at St. Vincent was actually pretty easy.
  • There are plenty of fans around, but it looks nothing like it did yesterday.
  • Quadrick Green's quads are everything in person that we've made them out to be.
  • Wow, there is definitely no missing Kevin Dotson walking around. Kyle quoted Drax for the most part, "these other dudes are dudes, he is a man".
  • The sprinkles are falling, but the team is slowly taking the field.
  • As the team was warming up, the rains came down. Luckily there was no thunder or lightning so practice continues.
  • Boy, there is a lot going on in a lot of different places. Not even sure how you would keep track of it all.
  • I will say this....Najee Harris looks and moves every bit the part of a top tier RB.
  • As we watch the field crew uncover the main field, it was noted that they could use a little bit of training at PNC Park from the ground crew there.
  • First play of seven shots Trubisky to Claypool for a beautiful toe tap.
  • Gentry bobbled the second one, and Devin Bush picked it off and would have returned it all the way.
  • Trubisky should be three for three but instead is two for three.
  • Gentry redeems himself, to make Trubisky three of four.
  • Rudolph takes over and his first pass should have been intercepted.
  • Rudolph goes one of three. Mitch just looked so much more comfortable than Mason.
  • Pressley Harvin's first punt is an absolute bomb.
  • Someone needs to tell the guy trying to blow off the tarp of that if you're blowing all the water onto the area you just uncovered, was there any point in covering it in the first place?
  • T.J. bats down a Mitch pass. That guy disrupts everything.
  • Pickett's first pass is tipped and intercepted.
  • 3 steps and slant. Nice!
  • During this latest segment, all QB play has been shaky.
  • I've got to be honest.....this is actually kind of boring at times.
  • Diontae and Minkah doing some running. Minkah going hard....Diontae, ehh.
  • 7 on 7 is next. The offense looked decent, no spectacular splash plays.
  • Spillane with an interception of Mitch during 11 on 11.
  • Gotta be honest, the offense has not looked great.
  • Practice breaks, and it's interesting to see who sticks around to do some work and who departs.
  • People can think what they want about him, but Terrell Edmonds stuck around a while and continued to get some work in.

There you have my knee jerks. I’m going to sleep on these and talk it out on Tuesday’s episode of The Scho Bro Show.

Podcast Roundup: All the latest of the BTSC family podcasts

Fri, 07/29/2022 - 4:30am

Get the latest BTSC podcast content in the ‘Podcast Roundup’.

The Pittsburgh Steelers seasons come and go with no real offseason, at least not for those diehard fans. For those fans, the preseason bleeds into the regular season, the regular season into the offseason, free agency and the NFL Draft. It is a vicious, never-ending cycle.

Nonetheless, we here at BTSC, and our podcast platform, are here with you every step of the way. In the past we have given you the podcasts in individual articles on the website but have decided to go with a ‘Podcast Roundup’ article which has the latest four podcasts for your enjoyment. The reasoning behind this is to take up less space on the site for the great written content we have at BTSC.

With that being said and typed, enjoy the shows below with a brief description of each show.

What Yinz Talkin’ Bout: Camping and Cook-ing

What Yinz Talkin’ Bout is the conversation about the Steelers social media conversation. Hosts Kyle Chrise (@KyleChrise) & Greg Benevent (@GregBenevent) expose the week’s hottest and most toxic takes on the internet. This week, the team returned to camp, and fans are already making season-long assumptions based on minutes and hours of practice. Plus, why Ron Cook’s interview with Roethlisberger did a huge disservice for Ben and the fanbase.

Rundown of the show:

  • Toxic Takes
  • First Reps
  • Surprise Injuries
  • Camp Bunkmates
  • Ron Cook does Ben no favors
  • Woodson to the Ravens
  • Coach T joins Insta
  • Much, Much More

Take a deep dive into the world of Steelers social media from a yinzer perspective as BTSC proudly presents a very unique show that highlights “What Yinz Talkin’ Bout”.

The Steelers Preview: The Steelers Preview: Letters from camp are all good, for now

This is just one of the subjects that will be discussed and speculated on in the latest edition in the flagship show of the BTSC family of podcasts, The Steelers Preview with Jeff Hartman, Bryan Anthony Davis, and Dave Schofield. Join the triumphant trio as they combine all things Steelers with shenanigans galore.

Check out the rundown of the show:

  • News of the Week
  • Can the good news continue after the start of camp?
  • Trivia
Let’s Ride: All eyes on the Steelers offense, and rightfully so

The Pittsburgh Steelers have returned to Saint Vincent College for training camp, and all eyes are on the 2022 offense, as it should be. Jeff Hartman, Senior Editor at BTSC, talks about this, and much more, on the Friday episode of the “Let’s Ride” podcast.

Check out the rundown of the show:

  • News and Notes
  • The microscope is over Latrobe
  • Hart to Heart
  • and MUCH MORE!

Jeff Hartman of BTSC walks you through everything you need to know regarding the black-and-gold.

Be sure to check out this and all episodes on the following platforms:

Apple Users: CLICK HERE

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Steelers ‘Digit Dynasty’: Who wore the number best? No. 51-75

Thu, 07/28/2022 - 2:30pm
Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

The Steelers have a rich history, but looking back at their jersey numbers it makes you wonder, “Which player wore the numbers 51-75 best?”

In Parts One and Two of Steelers Digit Dynasty, BTSC examined the best of the best to wear the numbers from 0-50 in franchise history. This time around, our journey takes us through No. 75. We will answer such burning digital questions like:

  • Will Dave DeCastro’s career accomplishments place him as the all-time best six-sixer?
  • Is Kevin Dotson already the best No. 69 in just two seasons.
  • Are all members of the Steel Curtain honored in this space?

In the third installment of the four-part “Digit Dynasty” series, we recognize the best Steelers players in franchise history to wear numbers 51 to 75.

We will see. Let’s take a look.

Part Three: Numbers 51-75

Note: Years provided came from The Pittsburgh Steelers 2022 Media Guide

No. 51 LB James Farrior (2002-2011) Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images

The Steelers 2004 MVP remains one of the best free-agent signings in team history. The man known as “Potsie” was a key contributor to the success of the defense in the 2000s. Farrior had 730 tackles, 30 sacks, 8 interceptions and 10 fumble recoveries at his inside linebacker position during his time in the Steel City. James was honored by twice being selected to the Pro Bowl.

Other Notables: LB Loren Toews 1973-1983, LB Carlos Emmons 1996-1999, LB Sean Spence 2012-2015 and 2017

Current Wearer: LB Myles Jack

No. 52 C Mike Webster (1974-1988) Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images

Webster was the iron man of the Steelers for so many years. Playing for 15 years in the black-and-gold, Mike no longer be the longest-tenured Steelers player ever when Ben Roethlisberger started his 16th season last September. A member of the legendary, 1974 class, Webster anchored the line that protected Steelers passers and ball-carriers through four Super Bowl titles. “Iron Mike” was named All-Pro and to the Pro Bowl nine times. He achieved the rare feat of being named to The NFL All-Decade team for both the 70s and the 80s. Along with being enshrined in Canton, both the league and the franchise named him to their 75th Aniversary All-Time teams. Unfortunately, Webster was also the first NFL player diagnosed with CTE, and Steelers Nation mourned his passing in 2002 at age 50.

Current Wearer: None

No. 53 C Maurkice Pouncey (2010-2020) Photo by Tom Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images

Pouncey carries on a long line of excellence at the center position. The 8-time Pro Bowler and 5-time All-Pro was the winner of the Joe Greene Award in 2010. Pouncey is so valuable to Ben Roethlisberger, the QB reportedly voted for him as team MVP in 2017.

Other Notables: LB Dennis “Dirt” Winston 1977-1981, Brian Hinkle 1982-1993, LB Clark Haggans 2000-2007

Current Wearer: C Kendrick Green. LB Tuzar Skipper

No. 54 LB Hardy Nickerson (1987-1992) Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images

Nickerson spent six productive years in Pittsburgh before joining the Bucs. During his Steeltown days, Nickerson recorded 9.5 quarterback sacks. After leaving the Steelers, Nickerson was a five-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro in Tampa. He is also a member of the NFL’s All-90s team.

Other Notables: WR/DE Val Jasante 1945-1951, LB Marv Kellum 1974-1976, LB Zack Valentine 1979-1981, LB Donta Jones 1995-1998, LS Mike Schneck 1999-2004, LB Andre Frazier 2007-2010)

Current Wearer: LB Ulysees Gilbert III

No. 55 LB Joey Porter (1999-2006) Photo By Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Nick-named “Peasey,” the linebacker was a whirling dervish of a pass-rusher for eight years at Heinz Field. Porter was named a Pro-Bowler and All-Pro on three occasions. The 2002 Steelers Co-MVP was the first player in NFL history to record 70 sacks and 10 interceptions. A member of the NFL’s 2000s All-Decade Team and the Steelers’ All-Time Team, Porter was the vocal leader of the Super Bowl XL champions. He finished his Steelers career fifth all-time with 60 sacks, 10 interceptions and 8 fumble recoveries. Porter, who once was shot below the buttocks outside of a club in Denver in 2003, only missed two games due to the incident. Joey was relieved of his duties in 2019 as outside linebackers coach for the Steelers.

Other Notables: OT Jon Kolb 1969-1981, LB Jerry Olsavsky 1989-1997, LB Arthur Moats 2014-Present

Current Wearer: LB Devin Bush Jr.

No. 56 C Ray Mansfield (1964-1976) Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images

The man known as “Ranger” during his playing days started his career with the Steelers as a defensive tackle. Mansfield, who could place-kick also, was best known as a center during his 13-year Steelers tenure. The two-time All-Pro was a Super Bowl IX and X champion. Ray passed away at the young age of 55 when he suffered a heart attack while hiking in 1996.

Other Notables: LB Robin Cole 1977-1987, LB Mike Vrabel 1998-2000, Chukky Okobi 2001-2006, LB LaMarr Woodley 2007-2013

Current Wearer: LB Alex Highsmith

No. 57 (Tie) G Sam Davis (1967-1979) /LB Mike Merriweather (1982-1987) Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images

Davis was a solid protector in his 13-year career with the Steelers. The offensive lineman is a veteran of Super Bowl’s IX,X,XIII and XIV.

Merriweather was a dominant sack-man for the Steelers, highlighted by 15 in 1984. Sitting out in 1988 due to a contract dispute, Mike was traded to the Vikings in 1988 for a No. 1 pick that netted T Tom Ricketts.

Other Notables: C/LB Frank Sinkovitz 1947-1952, C Ed Beatty 1957-1961, LB Jerrol Williams 1990-1992, LB John Fiala 1998-2002, LB Clint Kriewaldt 2003-2007

Current Wearer: DT Montravius Adams

No. 58 LB Jack Lambert (1974-1984) Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images

Lambert might be considered as the most intimidating player ever to play the game. The face of the Steel Curtain defense, Lambert was elected All-Pro eight times and to the Pro Bowl nine times. Twice a Steelers’ team-MVP, Jack had 1,479 tackles, 28 interceptions and 23.5 sacks. The 1974 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and 1976 NFL Defensive Player of the Year is a member of the Steelers’ All-Time team and the NFL’s 70s and 80s All-Decade Team. Though his number has never been retired, neither has it ever been issued to another Steelers’ player. Jack Lambert is a 1990 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Current Wearer: None

No. 59 LB Jack Ham (1971-1982)

Hailing from the great Pennsylvania city of Johnstown, Jack Ham is ranked as one of the best ever to suit up. Both an 8-time Pro Bowler and All-Pro, Ham played 12 years with the Steelers and holds the record for most forced turnovers as a linebacker with 53. His 32 career interceptions and 21 fumble recoveries rank him seventh and second respectively among all-time Steelers. He is a member of the Steelers All-Time team and the NFL’s 70s All-Decade Team. The Penn State grad is the Black-and-gold’s long-time color analyst and he’s also a minority owner of the minor-league hockey team, the Johnstown Tomahawks.

Current Wearer: None

No. 60 DT Dale Dodrill (1951-1952 and 1954-1959)

Dodrill spent eight years in Pittsburgh Steelers gear. He was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and an All-Pro. Dale is a member of Pittsburgh’s 75th Aniversary team. He recorded 11 fumble recoveries and 10 interceptions wearing the black-and-gold.

Other Notables: DE Ben McGee 1964-1972, OL Brian Blankenship 1987-1991, LS Kendall Gammon 1992-1995, LS Greg Warren 2005-2016

Current Wearer: C J.C. Hassenauer

No. 61 G Tyrone McGriff (1980-1982) Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images

The only “Mr. Irrelevant” to make the list, Tyrone McGriff was the final pick in the 1980 draft, when it still went 12 rounds. Tyrone played three years in Pittsburgh at guard. In 1983, McGriff joined the Michigan Panthers of the USFL and was a starter on their championship squad. Sadly, McGriff passed away at age 42 with a heart ailment.

Other Notables: C Sean Mahan 2007, C Fernando Velasco 2014

Current Wearer: C/G Mason Cole

No. 62 G Tunch Ilkin (1980-1992) Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images

The Turkish-American tackle played 13 years as a member of the Men of Steel. Ilkin went to two Pro Bowls as a Steeler and was considered a locker room leader. Ilkin Served as Vice-President of the NFL Player Assosciaton from 1989 to 1994. Tunch was a very valuable member of the football family, serving as the team’s color commentator on radio broadcasts from 1998 to 2020. Sadly, Tunch announced his affliction with ALS in October of 2020 and retired in early 2021.

Other Notables: G Mike Sandusky 1957-1965, OL Roger Duffy 1998-2001, C Justin Hartwig 2008-2009

Current Wearer: G Nate Gilliam

No. 63 C Dermontti Dawson (1988-2000)

The Hall of Fame snapper was originally drafted as a guard. Dawson was a dominating center, anchoring the line in the 90s, making seven straight Pro Bowls and being named to the 90s All-Decade team. Nicknamed “Dirt” for his propensity to grind opposing players into the ground, Dermontti was inducted as an immortal in Canton in 2012 and is a member of the Steelers All-Time Team.

Other Notables: Ernie Holmes DT 1972-1977

Current Wearer: None

No. 64 DT Steve Furness (1972-1980) Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images

The replacement for Ernie Homes on the Steel Curtain defense, Furness was a very effective pass rusher for the Steelers. Accumulating 32 sacks in his time in PIttsburgh, Furness ended his career as a Detroit Lion for one season in 1981. Furness returned to the Steelers in 1992/1993 as a defensive line coach. Sadly, the 4X SB Champ passed of a heart attack in 2000 at the age of 49.

Other Notables: DT Chuck Hinton 1964-1971, DT Edmund Nelson 1982-1987, C Jeff Hartings 2001-2006, C/G Doug Legursky 2009-2012 and 2015

Current Wearer: OT Trent Scott

No. 65 OT John Jackson (1988-1997) Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images

John Jackson served the first ten years of his career in Pittsburgh. Playing at left tackle, the tenth-rounder out of Eastern Kentucky was a valuable bodyguard for Steel City quarterbacks. Jackson prevented turnovers by recovering five fumbles on offense in his career. He started against the Cowboys in Super Bowl XXX.

Other Notables: DL Tom Beasley 1978-1983, OL Ray Pinney 1985-1987, G Alan Faneca 1998-1999

Current Wearer: OT Dan Moore Jr., DT Larry Ogunjobi

No. 66 G Alan Faneca (2000-2007) Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images

Faneca is one of the best offensive lineman in team history. In 10 seasons with the Steelers, Faneca was a seven-time Pro Bowler and All-Pro. Alan also was named to the NFL All-Decade Team for the 2000s and the Steelers 75th Aniversary team. One of the defining plays of Faneca’s career was the pulling-block to spring Willie Parker on his 75-yard touchdown ramble in the 21-10 victory over Seattle in Super Bowl XL. Down by more than 100 pounds since his playing days, Faneca looks far from the player who wore No. 65 during his first two seasons of 1998 and 1999. Big Al finally got the call to Canton in 2021.

Other Notables: LB Myron Pottios 1961-1963 and 1965, OL Bruce Van Dyke 1967-1973, OL Ted Petersen 1977-1983, DE Donald Evans 1990-1993, OL Tom Newberry 1995, OL Jim Sweeney 1996-1999, G David DeCastro 2012-2020

Current Wearer: DE Donovan Jeter

No. 67 DT Gary Dunn (1976-1987) Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images

The two-time Super Bowl champion in XIII and XIV was a mainstay on the Steelers’ defense for 12 seasons. Dunn, who was named an All-Pro in 1984, had 18 sacks and nine fumble recoveries during his Steeler days.

Other Notables: T Duval Love 1992-1994, DE Kimo von Oelhoffen 2000-2005

Current Wearer: OT Jake Dixon

No. 68 DE L.C. Greenwood (1969-1981) Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images

The man with the golden shoes wore them to prevent mistaken identity. PA announcers would credit Joe Greene for some of Greenwood’s tackles, so to correct that, he would lift his legs in the air every time he made a play in order to get his proper due. The man known as “Hollywood Bags” is not in the Hall of Fame, but truly deserves to be. In 13 seasons with the Steelers, the 6’6” Greenwood was a dominant member of the Steel Curtain. He was named to six Pro Bowls and was honored twice as an All-Pro. His 73.5 sacks has him second on the Steeler career list, 4.5 of them came in one 1979 game against the Browns. L.C. is a member of the Steelers’ All-Time Team and the NFL’s 1970s All-Decade Team. He passed away at age 67.

Other Notables: G Brenden Stai 1995-1999, OL Kendrick Vincent 2001-2004, G Chris Kemoeatu 2005-2011, LT Kelvin Beachum 2012-2015

Current Wearer: DT Khalil Davis

No. 69 Kevin Dotson Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Other Notables: DL Gabriel Rivera 1983, OT Ariel Solomon 1991-1995, NT Steve McLendon 2010

Current Wearer: Dotson

No. 70 DT Ernie Stautner (1950-1963)

Stautner was the first person to have his number retired by the franchise. The Hall of Fame D-lineman played in the trenches for 14 years, earning 10 All-Pro honors and was named to the NFL’s 50th Anniversary all-time team. After his retirement as a player, Ernie spent 34 years in coaching.

Retired Number

No. 71 OT Charlie Bradshaw (1961-1966)

Left tackle Charlie Bradshaw went to two Pro Bowls as a Steeler in 1963 and 1964. Not related to Terry Bradshaw, Charlie served as the head of the NFLPA. Legend has it that Bradshaw was booed so much by Pitt Stadium fans dissatisfied by team play, that Art Rooney suspended player introductions.

Other Notables: T Gordon Gravelle 1972-1976, T Tom Ricketts 1989-1991, DL Orpheus Roye 1996-1999, T Flozell Adams 2010

Current Wearer: OT Joe Haeg

No. 72 G Gerry Mullins (1971-1979) Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images

”Moon” spent his entire NFL career in Pittsburgh. A fourth-round pick in 1971, Mullins helped protect Terry Bradshaw and open holes for Franco Harris in all four Super Bowls of the 1970s. Mullins’ pull on a sweep helped Harris score in Super Bowl IX. “Moon” also recovered an onside kick in Super Bowl X.

Other Notables: DT Joe Greene 1969, T Leon Searcy 1992-1995, T Wayne Gandy1999-2002, OL Barrett Brooks 2003-2005, OL Darnell Stapleton 2007-2009, OL Cody Wallace 2013-2015

Current Wearer: OT Jordan Tucker

No. 73 OL Craig Wolfley (1980-1989) Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images

”Wolf” played ten years in Pittsburgh, mostly at left guard. Arriving after the Super Bowl years of the 70s, Craig was a key factor on a team that went to the playoffs four times during the 80s. In 1981, Wolfley competed and placed fifth in the World’s Strongest Man competition for the United States. He is currently a sideline reporter for Steelers broadcasts.

Other Notables: OL Ray Mansfield 1963-1967, OL Justin Strzelczyk 1990-1998, OL Kendall Simmons 2002-2008, OL Ramon Foster 2009-2019

Current Wearer: DT Carlos Davis

74 OT Frank Varrichione (1955-1960)

Varrichione was a crushing blocker for the Steelers in the 50s. Playing at right tackle, Frank went to four of his five Pro Bowls as a Steeler.

Other Notables: OL Dave Reavis 1974-1975, OL Ray Pinney 1976-1982, OL Terry Long 1984-1991, OT Willie Colon 2006-2012, OL Chris Hubbard 2014-2017

Current Wearer: OT Chaz Green

No. 75 DL Joe Greene (1970-1981) Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images

The selection of Joe Greene in 1969 marked the beginning of the Steelers’ Renaissance. The first draft pick of the Chuck Noll era, Greene wore No. 72 as a rookie. The following year, he switched to No. 75 and only fans wearing replicas have worn it since. Greene is considered the poster child of the 70s and was featured on the “One for the Thumb” campaign. “Mean Joe”, the cornerstone of the Steel Curtain defense, was named First-Team AFC 11 times, to the Pro-Bowl ten times and All-Pro eight times. The four-time Super Bowl champ was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1969 and twice was named AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He’s a member of the NFL’s 75th Aniversary Team and the Steelers All-Time Team. Joe was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987. In 2014, Greene became only the second Steelers player to have his number retired. His iconic Coke commercial is considered one of the best Super Bowl ads of all time. Today, Joe Greene remains with the Steelers in an advisory position.

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These are the digits that define the decades...who will be next?

Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of the Digit Dynasty Series

Steelers 2022 Training Camp Tracker: Tracking Thursday’s practice

Thu, 07/28/2022 - 2:03pm
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Steelers are hitting the field at St. Vincent College in Latrobe to prepare for the 2022 season.

After their first practice yesterday in Latrobe for 2022 training camp, the Pittsburgh Steelers are set to get back on the field at St. Vincent College for practice.

After being forced to hold training camp at Heinz Field the last two seasons, the Steelers are back in Latrobe for four weeks before breaking camp the day before their second preseason game.

When it comes to the training camp schedule, it is much more known than it was the last two years. The Steelers will continue with practice today, but will not be in full pads until Monday, August 1. The team is not scheduled to practice on any Sundays, but all other days of the week will see practice of some kind. For those hoping to attend practice at St. Vincent, make sure you reserve your free tickets through Ticketmaster.

Check out the information below as the players hit the field in preparation for the 2022 season, starting with some player interviews before practice if available. If any additional information or reports become available, they will be updated below. Posts will come mostly in chronological order with new updates at the bottom.

Practice doesn’t start for 3 hours. This is only half the line pic.twitter.com/H6r1mA4JeK

— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) July 28, 2022

As a line of a storm cellsheads to St Vincent College, the #Steelers ground crew brings out the tarp. ⁦@RayPetelinWx⁩ what lies ahead? pic.twitter.com/9kAA1q1HRF

— Bob Pompeani (@KDPomp) July 28, 2022

WR Miles Boykin talks about playing for both the Ravens and now Steelers, as well as his new position room pic.twitter.com/YW9Zzv92rf

— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) July 28, 2022

Kevin Dotson is excited to get back to establishing himself as a “People Mover” at left guard pic.twitter.com/7y75IL9GgD

— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) July 28, 2022

.@DVEMike asks about red flags about potential me-first guys.

Cam Heyward: “if you’re taking off your pads in the middle of a game, we’re going to have a problem.” pic.twitter.com/E9cqMN62oR

— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 28, 2022

They’re getting ready for another storm at Saint Vincent College. pic.twitter.com/AvFkZwPKsc

— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) July 28, 2022

Media Day vibes pic.twitter.com/iEuRgzbrPn

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) July 28, 2022

Steelers DC Teryl Austin said that the musical chairs at ILB is to take some wear and tear of Bush, Spillane, Jack. When asked about it working last year at end of season, he said "I had no say so in that" in a way that I took he's not interested in doing it like that.

— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) July 28, 2022

#Steelers practice still on as weather approaches. Slight rain falling for now. ⁦@KDKApic.twitter.com/BuVTaDOAKT

— Bob Pompeani (@KDPomp) July 28, 2022

Diontae Johnson on field to begin Day 2. So far just stretching and soft toss. #Steelers pic.twitter.com/Pdaesa2Qac

— Bob Pompeani (@KDPomp) July 28, 2022

Because of rain, Steelers move practice to turf field. pic.twitter.com/jRBvYh5qdu

— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) July 28, 2022

#Steelers Offensive Line is one of the top 5 storylines of this #SteelersTrainingCamp pic.twitter.com/VZSdoJwnPT

— Bob Pompeani (@KDPomp) July 28, 2022

Zach Gentry still throws a great ball @coachjim4um pic.twitter.com/Z1eIxhdgOk

— Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) July 28, 2022

Making his day @ohthatsNajee22 | #SteelersCamp pic.twitter.com/toz3hxzuDR

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) July 28, 2022

Rain increases in intensity at #Steelers Camp pic.twitter.com/qm9g6LpD0s

— Bob Pompeani (@KDPomp) July 28, 2022

Hey big head @CamHeyward | @_TJWatt pic.twitter.com/uAK2P74oEA

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) July 28, 2022

The rain here has finally lightened up. Just a light sprinkle now. The Steelers stayed on the field throughout the rain for their early walk-through. Now, they're stretching.

— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) July 28, 2022

The rain has ended and the Steelers are gonna practice soon. Limited fans left, wet jerseys, no music. “BYOE” as one assistant shouted - “bring your own energy.” pic.twitter.com/1ShD3tLIGR

— Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) July 28, 2022

Steelers are still rotating a lot but today’s 11-on-0 first-team offense had Kendrick Green at left guard, Chase Claypool outside and George Pickens in the slot. Again, they’re rotating a lot, moving receivers around, etc.

— Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) July 28, 2022

Diontae Johnson going through the receiving line during individual portion of practice. pic.twitter.com/zDfGsRFdN4

— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) July 28, 2022

Looks like Diontae Johnson will have the same workload as yesterday, just some light individual drills and that’s it. Now working off to the side. Not just a one-day thing.

— Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) July 28, 2022

And here he is on the side after the quarterbacks take over. Same routine as yesterday. pic.twitter.com/mpzq4DiDGF

— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) July 28, 2022

SEVEN SHOTS IS BACK

— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) July 28, 2022

Kendrick Green is repping with the 1s today at left guard

— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) July 28, 2022

@Mtrubisky10 pic.twitter.com/MsAVutXOdR

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) July 28, 2022

Steelers doing their 7 shots live goal line drill now. Mitch Trubisky to Chase Claypool back left corner of the end zone for a TD on the first rep. Zach Gentry drops one over the middle and picked by Devin Bush on the second rep.

— Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) July 28, 2022

No Kenny Pickett for 7 shots. Trubisky gets first four snaps, Rudolph the final three.

— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) July 28, 2022

Arthur Maulet seems to be pushing Levi Wallace to be a starter at CB. took the first reps today

Kendrick Green was LG1 today with Kevin Dotson running with the 2s

— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) July 28, 2022

Trubisky 3 for 4 with 3 TDs in seven shots drill. Should have been 4 for 4 but Gentry dropped a TD. Rudolph 1 for 3 with 1 TD.

— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) July 28, 2022

Mitch Trubisky finds Anthony Miller for a TD, then way up top to Zach Gentry over Terrell Edmunds.

Mason Rudolph gets the last three reps, goes 1 for 3 with a dropped INT by Justin Layne, a goal-line drop by Kevin Rader (good hit by Tre Norwood) and a TD to Tyler Vaughns.

— Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) July 28, 2022

Minkah Fitzpatrick getting in some hand-eye Coordination drills. His right wrist looks fine. (He’s on #NFI list Non Football Injury List #Steelers @KDKA pic.twitter.com/LgfZYLadtv

— Bob Pompeani (@KDPomp) July 28, 2022

9️⃣0️⃣@_TJWatt | #SteelersCamp pic.twitter.com/esG8A5r49T

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) July 28, 2022

TJ Watt must have missed training camp practices. Second day and Day 2 of him wrecking every snap. He just tipped a Mitch Trubisky pass about 90 feet in the air.

— Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) July 28, 2022

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