Good Tuesday to you Steelers fans.
We have finally entered the period where some actual coaching and playing are going on at Training Camp. If that doesn’t excite you I don’t know what will. Yesterday, Steelers’ Wide Receiver Coach Ike Hilliard took his turn at the microphone and he had very high praise for Steelers’ rookie wideout Chase Claypool.
Hilliard on Chase Claypool:
"You can’t teach 6-4, 238, 4.41 time. That’s something that doesn’t fall off a tree. You get a chance to harness that kind of talent and shape it and mold it into something really special. I think as an organization, we’re all chomping at the bit."
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) August 3, 2020
Coach Hilliard apparently hasn’t caught onto the tradition of Steelers’ coaches downplaying rookies. I say that a bit ‘tongue-in-cheek’ but there’s some truth to it as well. Rookies often enter (especially high draft picks) with a pretty large ego and Mike Tomlin has always been one to want to keep those in check. All I can say regarding Hilliard’s comments is “I hope he’s right!”
Next Men Up
With both James Washington and Jaylen Samuels on the Reserve/Covid-19 list, an opportunity exists for other guys to step up. The aforementioned Claypool being one of those guys but what about Wendell Smallwood? Or Anthony McFarland. Jr? Coach Tomlin has always believed in a “next man up” mantra and this is total evidence of that. These guys, among others, will get more reps and more time with starters too. Don’t discount this because it’s exactly these types of situations that could pay off in the regular season.
Tweet of the Day… To say my friend Melvin had a nice evening would be would be like saying Mel Blount was just “OK.”
— Melvin Daniels Jr. (@melvind02) August 4, 2020
The Reality Dose You Don’t Want to Hear
I’m not a fan of hyperbole. I’m not a fan of being over-dramatic or telling you things that aren’t true. When I say that we still have a ways to go with Ben Roethlisberger and his recovery from elbow surgery I mean it. Like you, I love seeing him throw right now and everything I’ve seen of him looks great. There is one, overwhelming thing we all need to see in order for me to know he’s back and that’s to see him in game action. Mike Tyson famously said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.” In this case, Big Ben is going to look great until he takes the field on that Monday Night in MetLife Stadium. Once he gets hit, has to move around in the pocket and everything is going full speed again then we can say he’s truly back.
Opt Out Deadline
Thursday at 4pm Eastern is the deadline for NFL players to opt out of the 2020 season due to Covid-19 concerns. At this point, the Steelers have yet to have any players opt out. I have no idea if that will hold true but I’m sure players are having hard conversations with their families about how things are going at the facility and whatever they ultimately choose is up to them.
Check Out Our New Joe Haden Tee
Our friends at DC4L Custom Tees came up with this great new design honoring the words of Steelers’ CB Joe Haden. Earlier this week Haden commented on a Twitter post about the defense by simply saying “We Make Plays.” Well, here you go!
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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