Numerous Injuries at Steelers camp

First depth chart released

Jim Colony
August 06, 2019 - 6:45 pm

93.7 the Fan

LATROBE (93.7 the Fan) - The Steelers began their short week of practices leading up to Friday’s pre-season opener with a workout that at times was more like a battle of attrition. With a few players excused, others still nursing injuries and others who left practice, Mike Tomlin included about a dozen in the “bumps and bruises normally associated with this time of year” category.

James Conner, Ramon Foster, Alejandro Villanueva, Bud Dupree, Sutton Smith, Justin Layne and Ralph Webb were the names Tomlin listed as hurt as he was able to evaluate the back-ups.

“You talk to these guys being in the best physical condition, you can’t advantage of these opportunities to get additional reps, to learn what to do, to show what you are capable of doing, unless you are prepared for it,” Tomlin said.

“You’re starting to see guys stepping up and expanding and get to run in additional groups and show what they are capable of.”

TJ Watt, who had been out since the start of camp with a tweaked hamstring, was a full participant.

“I’m completely healthy, now it’s a matter of getting to game speed,” Watt said.  “This is my first day, it’s a lot of guys’ second week.  So I’m just trying to get up to speed and play fast.”

The Ben Roethlisberger portion of the seven shot goal line series was really more like a glorified walk-through,played at about half-to-three-quarters speed. Ben was 3-for-3 with short completions to Eli Rogers, Xavier Grimble and Ryan Switzer with a 4th play throwaway after the defense was offsides which was not replayed. Fourth string rookie Devlin Hodges was 2-for-3 with completions to Switzer and Tevin Jones and a pass over the middle broken up by Cam Sutton.

The Alabama native Hodges – aka “Duck Dynasty” per Tomlin (“It’s just a nickname guys, sometimes it’s easier just to call them by their nicknames”) actually got quite a few looks including running the second/third team in the 2-minute drill at the end of practice and got the ball to the 12-yard line before running out of time.  By contrast, Mason Rudolph could only get the first/second team to the 25.

Roethlisberger was spotty in the third down session but did hook up with JuJu Smith-Schuster one a couple of nice plays 7-on-7 - one a spectacular diving catch over the middle with Mike Hilton in good coverage and then a beautifully place long throw to the back corner of the end zone.

Expect Josh Dobbs and Rudolph to get a lot of QB work Wednesday afternoon, the last public practice before Friday’s pre-season opener against Tampa Bay at Heinz Field.

Steelers List Depth Chart

Dobbs was listed as the back-up to Ben Roethlisberger as the team listed its first depth chart of camp.  Others listed as second team on offense—Ryan Switzer ahead of Eli Rogers, Zach Banner ahead of Jerald Hawkins at right tackle.  Jaylen Samuels is the second team tailback with Benny Snell, third.

Devin Bush listed as a back-up middle linebacker on defense, along with Tyler Matakevich.  Olasunkanmi Adeniyi is the backup right outside linebacker with Anthony Chickillo on the other side.  Brian Allen backs up Joe Haden.  Marcus Allen and Jordan Dangerfield are the back-up safeties with Artie Burns behind Steven Nelson at right corner.  No surprises on special teams. 

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