LATROBE, Pa. - The action will pick up significantly today at training camp when the Steelers host the Buffalo Bills for their first of two practices at Saint Vincent College.
It’s the first time since the early 1990s the Steelers have held a joint practice with another team, and the players are looking forward to the intensity picking up.
“I think it does change the attitude,” said rookie linebacker
“I think we are going to have a great time going out there and seeing somebody else practice, a new scheme and see some new guys so we can beat up on them. It will be good to see some different guys out there.”
The teams will share the practice fields on Wednesday for a 2:55 p.m. practice then again on Thursday for practice at 5:30 p.m. The practices will give the teams a look at each other before they meet in the preseason on Saturday at Heinz Field.
“It’s good because we are not hitting each other,” said linebacker
One of the advantages for the offense will be practicing against a team that brings a different look. The Bills employ a 4-3 defense, so it will give the players two days of practice working against it, helping them not just this week but down the road.
And everyone expects things are going to get pretty physical, as players on both sides are going to want to show what they are capable of with all eyes upon them.
“I think it’s going to be really good to go out there and compete against a team other than your own and find out what we are about,” said tackle
“It’s going to be physical. You might see a fight here and there. A lot of guys are going to try and prove a point. Guys are fighting for roster spots and it brings out the best in everybody.”