Good Tuesday to you Steelers fans!
Yeah, yeah… I’m late today. My apologies. That “other” job of mine took precedence this morning so please forgive me. It actually worked out well because I had a chance to catch up with Joe Haden’s comments from this morning. The veteran cornerback mentioned several things this morning but his high praise of rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool was of particular interest to me. “He has impressed me for sure,” said Haden. “Just his size, his speed, his ability to adjust to the ball in the air. He doesn’t say too much. He is out there every day asking questions, just getting the routes. He has been doing a really good job. I think he is a great young talent. His work ethic shows he wants to be great. He doesn’t do too much talking. He just gets after it. As long as he knows the playbook, him and Ben (Roethlisberger) are on accord with the checks, he has all of the physical attributes to be a baller. “He has had a couple of plays on me this camp. I have been lining up against him pretty often. He is a big, fast receiver. He is able to adjust to the ball in the air. He hasn’t shown me anything too bad. He is a big body, deep threat, with soft hands who can jump up and get it. As long as he just keeps going, staying healthy I think he is going to be a baller.” I made the comment on our most recent podcast about the fact that Claypool will have a nice advantage in terms of having to go up against a great player like Haden in Camp. There is absolutely nothing not to like about Haden’s thoughts here. Haden also discussed the energy on defense and seemed to truly cherish the fact that in the current pandemic he’s finally getting a chance to be around his teammates. (Quote courtesy steelers.com)
Tweet of the Day… See Above.
He’s going to be a PROBLEM! You heard it first from me! https://t.co/7mzTAeiy7J
— Joe Haden (@joehaden23) August 17, 2020
There was a recent article by a team physician that discussed the number of soft tissue injuries that we should expect as NFL players get into the deep portions of Training Camp. Those words are already coming to fruition as players around the league are starting to have problems. Former Steeler Javon Hargrave has a pectoral issue that will keep him sidelined for a few weeks. Dallas has lost Pro Bowl Defensive Tackle Gerald McCoy for the season with a torn quadriceps and New Orleans Offensive Lineman Andrus Peat is down with injury to his thumb. Oh and A.J. Green has missed the last two days with a bad hamstring. The Steelers currently have Chris Wormley with a lower body injury that is not thought to be serious but if you think we’ll escape the injury bug you’re nuts. I guess we can hope though right?
Thoughts From Yesterday
If you missed some of the action from the first day of pads and contact you can check out those thoughts here. One of the biggest things we are missing by not being in Latrobe is the famous “Back on Backers.” Not surprisingly, Mike Tomlin gave the bulk of the reps to the younger guys like Anthony McFarland and Alex Highsmith. One guy who really stood out with his physicality was new tight end Eric Ebron.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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