Steelers Starter Misses Second Practice

Last day before pads in Latrobe

Jeff Hathhorn
July 27, 2018 - 6:41 pm

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LATROBE (93.7 the Fan) - Steelers did have a projected starter not practice Friday in Latrobe.  Veteran safety Morgan Burnett had a tight hamstring, so head coach Mike Tomlin said they exercised caution. 

That allowed an opportunity for Terrell Edmunds to run with the first team Friday, Tomlin said not to read too much into that.

First Round Pick Helping First Round Pick

Edmunds said he’s trying to be a sponge of the game and try to learn everything during his first two days of practice.

“It’s been all a mix,” Edmunds said of playing in different positions.  “Going from place-to-place and learning each spot and watching everybody in their spot when I’m not on the field.  Just trying to figure out what is going on”

Edmunds said quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had offered advice, to keep him from tipping his coverage.  Edmunds said Roethlisberger came to him early in workouts in May.

“It’s big-time,” Edmunds said of the help.  “To have a quarterback like Ben, a guy that has experience and has made plays out there, he can tell me things that he sees from a safety position that will help me out tremendously.”

JuJu Smith-Schuster Feels Good

Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster spoke for the first time since arriving in Latrobe, that his knee feels strong after an undisclosed off-season injury..

“Going into anybody’s rookie year, those who explode or have a lot of success, is because they don’t have film on them,” Smith-Schuster said.  “And now second year they have film on me and you have to work harder.”

JuJu said he’s trying to get where Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger are, in terms of a relationship.  He also says it doesn’t matter to him if he plays inside or outside.

“Less pressure for sure, as a rookie you don’t know what to expect,” Smith-Schuster said of his second year.  “Now that I’m more aware of what is going on, I’m way more comfortable than last year.”

Saturday First Day in Pads

“We’re always excited,” Mike Tomlin said.  “It’s just a part of the process, a necessary and significant step, one that we are all aware of.  We have all been a part of it every year we’ve been involved in football, that first day in pads.  You don’t have to explain it to anyone whether they are old or new.  They know what it means if they’ve played football before.”