LATROBE, Pa. - Cloudy skies and rain drops early gave way to a fall like day at Saint Vincent College and the work on the field was as crisp as the air.
“It’s a big improvement week for us individually and collectively. I thought it was a good start in that regard today.”
The Steelers will spent the remainder of the week preparing for preseason game two, against the Buffalo Bills at Heinz Field on Saturday night, and that means two practices against the Bills this week at Saint Vincent College.
“I just think we need to put these guys in as many challenging situations (and) uncomfortable situations as we can,” said Tomlin of working against the Bills on Wednesday and Thursday in practice. “(We’re) working against an unfamiliar opponent and unfamiliar scheme in a lot of instances in a practice setting, and I just think that raises the level of urgency. We’ll get an opportunity to learn more about these guys and that’s what it’s about. We want to put them in as many positions as we can to evaluate them and give them an opportunity to show what they are capable of.”
“If you’re going to make a move it’s going to happen,” said Tomlin. “There are no new surprises, speed of the game, environmental things and so forth. If somebody’s going to make a substantial move it’s going to happen this week.”
- In what has become a regular occurrence during training camp rookie
Dri Archerpulled in a catch and broke it for a long gain, much to the pleasure of the fans.
Markus Wheatonhad two touchdown receptions during receiver/defensive back drills.
- No live tackling in practice today, but
Will Allenlaid a hit on running back LeGarrette Blountthat knocked him to the ground.
Injury Update: Coach Tomlin on the injuries:
“We’ll monitor those guys, but overall from a health standpoint we’re doing pretty good, and we need to because we need to put a good exclamation point on the remaining work here in Latrobe.”
The Steelers will practice at Saint Vincent College on Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 2:55 p.m. They will hold joint practices with the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday, Aug. 13 (2:55 p.m.) and Thursday, Aug. 14 (5:30 p.m.), the final practice of camp.