Steelers Battle Through Hot Day at Camp

WR Moncrief suffers injury

Jim Colony
July 29, 2019 - 6:33 pm

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LATROBE (93.7 the Fan) - Ben Roethlisberger returned to practice Monday and, not surprisingly, the first team offense was considerably more in synch than the day before, although there were still the drops and missed throws that are expected this time of the year.

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Roethlisberger spread the ball around and beyond the obvious familiarity with JuJu Smith-Schuster, is establishing a connection with veteran free agent Donte Moncrief.  In fact, Ben’s first 2 passes of the opening “7 Shots” goal line drill were successfully directed to Moncrief. The next 2 for JuJu were both incomplete – one too low and slot corner Mike Hilton jumped the other to break it up.  A JuJu footnote - Smith-Schuster was dominating opponents in a WR-on-DB blocking drill.

Mason Rudolph was successful on all 3 of his 7 Shot throws – to James Washington, rookie Diontae Johnson then a nice catch on a purposeful high throw to undrafted rookie TE Trevor Wood.

With Sean Davis still nursing a finger injury, first-year man Kameron Kelly took first team reps at free safety for a second straight day. Kelly played in the short-lived Alliance of American Football earlier this year. Finger injuries have cropped up early on with Moncrief leaving two-thirds of the way through; he returned to the field but did not participate in the final sessions. 

Steelers got their hands on a couple of balls defensively, something the team has emphasized all off-season and so-far during camp.

“It’s not a big enough body of work to judge it,” Tomlin said.  “We did get our hands on some today.  The key is to continue to grow from a fundamental standpoint and if it starts to show consistently, I think that’s when we are gaining a little traction in that area.”

Ramon Foster the only veteran granted a day off, so BJ Finney replaced him after subbing for Maurkice Pouncey the day before. RT Matt Filer replaced David DeCastro for the final 11-on-11 session with Chuks Okafor at tackle. 

High Heat

Mike Tomlin said it was a tough day with the heat said the team waned a little at the end, but we need to make a commitment to fight the fight.  Tomlin added you need weather days like this and results like this and is looking forward to another hot day on Wednesday.

Keeping the British End Up

Former English rugby player Christian Scotland-Williamson is in his second year with the Steelers, still learning the tight end position.

“You see a different level of preparedness, not only understanding the game of football, but the conditioning relative to his position,” Tomlin said.  “He’s much more prepared and it’s reasonable to expect a jump in performance.  I know that we’ve seen a significant jump in performance to this point.  But he will have many more opportunities to continue to prove that.”

Scotland-Williamson has the size down, The 26-year-old is 6’9”, 274 pounds.

Tuesday is a players’ day off.  They’ll be back on the field at St. Vincent College Wednesday at 2:55.

 

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