The Pittsburgh Steelers are heading into the second week of camp and have now went through their sixth straight day of practice. The Steelers will have Tuesday off and will then begin preparing for their first preseason game against the New York Giants. Let’s now take a look at the news and notes from day 9 of Steelers training camp.
<> Safety Mike Mitchell was activated from the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) List and seen his first action of training camp.
<> Head Coach Mike Tomlin gave an injury update after practice…
Mike Tomlin:“From a health standpoint, I thought today was significant. Today we had some guys back. Some guys are working themselves back. Mike Mitchell, Rob Blanchflower, Jordan Zumwalt are guys who have missed a substantial amount of time since we’ve been here. They are working their way back to health. Some of the other ones who missed practice today for a variety of minor issues – Ryan Shazier,Maurkice Pouncey, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Steve McLendon are still out. Jarvis Jones with the groin (injury), and Ike Taylor sitting out was my decision. We’ll continue to roll through and try to keep them as fresh as we possibly can to continue to prepare with an eye toward the end of the week stepping in the stadium, which will be a big part of growth and development for us.”
<>Steelers LB Sean Spence played with the first team with Ryan Shazier sidelined .
<> Rookie wide receiver Martavis Bryant had yet another touchdown catch today. Bryant has put together three straight good practices. He still makes rookie mental mistakes but has shown to be a great Red Zone target so far.
<> WR/RB Dri Archer had another good showing and has shown he is much more than just a fast guy. He has ability to also run inside and does it well for a player his size.
<> Ben Roethlisberger and Markus Wheaton continue to show good chemistry with Roethlisberger going to Wheaton often in practice. Wheaton has had a great camp .
<> LB Terrence Garvin and CB Antwon Blake have both had very impressive camps. Garvin had more big tackles today and Blake had reps with the first team at RCB . Both players have a good chance to make the team as it stands right now.
<> Punter Brad Wing continues to boom punts daily and has shown great hang time with many of his punts hanging in the air for over 5 seconds.
<> K Shaun Suisham made field goals of 52, 54 and 57 . He also missed on a 49-yard attempt.
Tweets of the Day…
Dri Archer continues to put on a show at camp. Just caught pass, put foot in his ground as Timmons sped past him and raced upfield.
11 on 11 tackling drills. Steelers defense opens in nickel with Stephon Tuitt and Cam Heyward as the defensive ends.
Brad Wing showed serious hang time in special teams period.
Quote of the Day: “We’ll be working on that from now until the Super Bowl.” _ FS Mike Mitchell on communicating with the other DBs.
Play of the Day: FS Mike Mitchell celebrated his 1st practice of camp by dropping RB Le’Veon Bell on 1st play of an 11-on-11 tackling drill.
Practice observation: Ben was verbally engaged in a fade drill, explaining specifics, tossing balls and then analyzing results with WRs, TEs
Spence takes first team Mack reps in team run. Mike Mitchell makes tackle in first live playful
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