Pickett 2nd team reps, RB derby, injuries-Day 13 of Steelers camp

How the quarterbacks did on another big day for George Pickens
Kenny Pickett in practice
Photo credit Ben Tenuta/93.7 The Fan

LATROBE, PA (93.7 The Fan) – Kenny Pickett took second team reps in seven-shots as part of an up-and-down day as practice moved up over three hours from the scheduled time.

7-shots

For the first time in training camp, Kenny Pickett got the second opportunity in the 7-shots drill.  Here is how it played out.

·     Benny Snell stopped by Devin Bush and Derrek Tuszka
·     Snell scored behind Mason Cole and Kendrick Green
·     Mitch Trubisky right-corner of the end zone TD to Chase Claypool, who adjusted to keep his feet in (that was disputed by the defense). Claypool had a couple of tough receptions Tuesday.
·     Trubisky rolled out to his left, since there wasn’t a defender close on a run-option play, it was considered a TD
·     Pickett incomplete to Gunner Olszewski
·     Pickett rolled out to his right and hit Jaylen Warren, TD

3rd down drill

Trubisky ran with the first team in this drill (where every down is 3rd down), as with all others.  What was noticeable was if there was another receiver on the field, Trubisky didn’t know about it.  Three straight times he looked for George Pickens.  Once it was knocked away on a great play by Levi Wallace.  The next two were completed for a first down.

Rudolph followed Trubisky with a pair of incompletions.  Then Pickett for four straight reps.  He threw an interception on a nice anticipation by James Pierre, then a pass short of the marker, a first down on a well-led throw to Anthony McFarland and a near interception on the final throw tipped over the middle.  He missed an open Jace Sternberger down the sidelines.  Rudolph finished off the drill with an incompletion and then a 35-yard jump ball complete to Boykin.

Pickens again

A day after he had some jawing back-and-forth with a few veteran members of the Steelers secondary, George Pickens was at it again.  He made a number of combat catches during the receivers versus defensive backs drill from the two-yard line.  After the last reception, a second straight over Cam Sutton, Pickens danced briefly and then briefly jawed at the secondary.

Injuries

Montravious Adams left practice with an ankle injury and Connor Heyward left practice with an undisclosed injury.

TE Pat Freiermuth and Larry Ogunjobi were limited.  Did not practice-Mateo Durant, Diontae Johnson, Zach Gentry, Ulysees Gilbert, Marcus Allen, Tyson Alualu, Najee Harris

Not at practice-Kevin Dotson, Alex Highsmith

Tomlin had no updates on any of the existing injuries.

Practice move

With the pending bad weather, the Steelers moved practice on Tuesday from the scheduled 1:55p to 10:30a.

“We thought it was very necessary,” said Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin.  “We looked at the Doppler (radar) and thought this afternoon might be questionable at best and made the necessary changes.  It is our preference to practice in the heat of the day.  We believe it aides in team development, particularly from a conditioning standpoint.”

Predicting the weather could be a second career for Tomlin, minutes after practice ended, it started to rain.  Not only that, but at 1:45p, it rained again with lightning.

“I appreciate the spirit and the attention of the guys,” Tomlin said.  “They woke up this morning and woke up to a schedule change.  That’s an awesome part of team development as well.  Often times there are going to be things outside of our control that we have to adjust to.”

RB Derby

Still looking for someone to jump out as the number two tailback.  Benny Snell had another solid day and praised by Tomlin after practice.  Snell is a lock to make this team given what he does on special teams.  He is being pushed by an undrafted free agent.

Jaylen Warren from Oklahoma State with the run of the day weaving in and around the middle of the field, bouncing off hits.  The 5’8”, 215-pounder should get a good look during the first preseason game on Saturday.

Ohio State’s Master Teague got his first extended opportunities running with the third/fourth team behind McFarland, Snell and Warren.  Teague was stuffed four times, once making a nice cut to get a couple yards.  Credit to second-year linebacker Delonte Scott and corner Carlins Platel for making a couple of stops.

Special Guests

Former Steelers Bryant McFadden, Ike Taylor and Tim Worley were in attendance.  It was Worley’s first time in Latrobe since he was a player.  To watch his face as we walked up from the Fred Rogers Center and he saw there were now four fields, one is artificial turf and then the bleachers with a press box.  Then he looked around at the new dorms and joked that Chuck Noll would have had none of this.

The NFL Network, including reporter Ian Rapaport, were also on the St. Vincent College campus Tuesday.

Up Next

Could Wednesday be the first time all week for a normal 1:55p start time in Latrobe?  That’s the schedule, there is rain in the forecast, you bet Tomlin will be checking the Doppler.