No Injuries as Steelers Complete First Day

PSU head coach James Franklin among those watching

Jeff Hathhorn
July 26, 2018 - 6:53 pm
James Franklin at Steelers camp

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LATROBE (93.7 the Fan) - For as excited as Mike Tomlin is for the start of camp, probably the best thing to happen for the Steelers today was no one got hurt.

“Really excited to get started,” Tomlin said.  “Really just focused on some good fundamental things on all aspects of play; pre-snap penalties, ball security, ball awareness, keeping a lid on it on defense, good day one things.”

Tomlin said he liked the energy and enthusiasm and is anxious to watch the team evolve.  It’s the first camp Tomlin has had with Vance McDonald and Joe Haden, both joined the team after that point last year.

“It’s always good to be on the train when it leaves the station,” Tomlin said of the two veterans being in Latrobe.  “You don’t learn any lessons second-hand, you see the totality of the process.  I think everybody benefits from that.”

James Conner Needs to Improve

Tomlin didn’t have much to say in his first media gathering about LeVeon Bell and today elaborated a bit about what he expects from tailback James Conner.

“He’s one of those second-year guys that you have a natural expectation to see an improvement.  He’s been around the track for a lap.  He understands what is going on with the environment of professional football.  He should utilize that experience and knowledge to produce a better and more consistent performance.” 

Moving On From Last Year

When asked several players have discussed last year in the playoff loss to Jacksonville.  Maurkice Pouncey used the term “sucked”, Cam Heyward said they needed to learn from it.  As for Tomlin.

“I don’t tote the baggage from last year, you just can’t.  Just like I don’t tote the successes, you’re setting yourself up for failure if you do that.  We are starting anew.”

“We understand that this is 2018.  We are all undefeated and unscored upon, as is everyone else in the National Football League and how we proceed determines what happens from here.”

Penn State at Camp

Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin was the first of likely many other college coaches and celebrities to visit St. Vincent College.  Franklin just returned from Big 10 Media Days with college players scheduled to report starting next week. 

Former Penn State head coach and long-time defensive coordinator Tom Bradley ran his first day as the team’s new secondary coach.