2018 Steelers Training Camp – Day 4 Recap

The Pittsburgh Steelers took the field for another training camp session in pads Sunday afternoon. The intensity of yesterday’s session carried over into day’s session which was equally as spirited. Today’s session storylines; a minicamp signee quietly having a strong camp, a rookie showing improvements, and injuries beginning to mount.

So Steelers fans, let’s go!


Injury Report

The Steelers and their collective fanbase received good news regarding the injury status of veteran lineman Ramon Foster. As reported early today by ESPN NFL reporter Aditi Kinkhabwala, Foster suffered a hyperextension of the knee and no ligament damage that would have required surgery. With Foster out for the rest of training camp, BJ Finney took his place on the first team in today’s session and likely for the foreseeable future. No changes with both receiver Eli Rogers and safety Morgan Burnett, as both missed today’s session nursing their injuries.

The most notable injury today was to Outside linebacker Tj Watt, who left today’s session early with what was later noted as a hamstring injury. The extent of his injury is unknown at this point. (Photo credit: @realjohnwalker)

News and Notes

  • For a third-straight practice, the defense won the “seven shots” drill. As detailed by DKPittsburghsports reporter Christopher Carter, the final tally was 7-4. Cornerback Artie Burns accounted for yet another interception; he currently has a streak of at least one interception in every training camp session so far. Other noted standouts included Brian Allen, Coty Sensabaugh, and Joe Haden, each with a pass defended.

  • By all accounts, rookie quarterback Mason Rudolph had a much better day. In today’s session, he accounted for a touchdown throw to Juju Smith-Schuster in ‘seven shots’, a connection with his favorite target James Washington and Damoun Patterson during team drills. What was noted by analyst and GZSports founder Zach Metkler, was Rudolph’s improvement in analyzing the field and decision-making skills; a likely indication that the pace is slowing down for him.

Quarterback Joshua Dobbs received mixed reviews in today’s session. Carter noted of his composure after completing consecutive passes during the team drills. In contrast, Metkler noted that Dobbs moments where Dobbs struggled; one example noted by Metkler was a deep pass intercepted by Allen. With Rudolph improving with each session, it will imperative for Dobbs to improve his throwing accuracy and show consistency in the upcoming sessions.

  • A player that is quietly having a strong training camp is receiver Damoun Patterson. When asked about his performance in camp, Carter noted that despite a strong showing, he still had an uphill battle considering the depth at the wide receiver position.

  • As expected, injuries are beginning to pile up. In addition to Watt, receiver Smith-Schuster, safety Sean Davis and tight end Vance McDonald did not finish practice due to various injuries, as reported by ESPN Senior NFL reporter Jeremy Fowler.

  • Also noted by Fowler, was the performance of rookie safety Terrell Edmunds. According to Fowler, Edmunds had a productive day which included an interception during 11-on-11s and performed well in the one-on-ones. Once the game slows down enough for him to make full use of his athleticism, then he’ll have many more successful days to come.


Camp Photos

From  Steelers.com


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