Arrivals: Brown arrives in style

Antonio Brown always finds a way to arrive at training camp in style and he didn't disappoint this year.

Brown arrived, with his family, in a helicopter.

"I just wanted to get here on time and get ready to go," said Brown. "I am just ready to go. Ready for the new year.
We know what is expected. We know what is at stake. This is the first day of the journey."

After exiting the helicopter, and talking to the media, he hopped aboard his Nike 'Destroy Doubt' bus he recently toured the country in.

Brown might have come in with a fanfare, but he came in fully focused on what needs to be done this season.

"There is always pressure to win," said Brown. "I am here to try to do everything to make sure we win.

"This is the 2018 group. A bunch of hungry guys excited to earn their jerseys."

T.J. Watt joked that coming to his second training camp was a whole lot easier than the first time, for many reasons.

"It's night and day," said Watt. "I feel way more comfortable. I didn't have to use a GPS to get here this time.

"I am just excited. I still have that feeling I had last year where I am super excited, I have that nervous energy. I definitely know what to expect and I am hoping for a big year. I am ready for it."

Watt, like many of his teammates, is feeling motivated for this camp, wanting to go much further than the team did last year when the lost in the AFC Divisional Playoff Round against the Jaguars.

"We have done a great job being rejuvenated, ready to start a new year," said Watt. "I really like this squad this year. We are more motivated than ever. It's not just on the field. We are hanging out together more off the field. I saw that in the spring, building that camaraderie. If we want to make a big push we have to have that closeness, wanting to play for the guy next to you."

Steelers players arrived at Saint Vincent College ready to start camp.

The Steelers are six months removed from their disappointing playoff loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, but it's still something that annoys Maurkice Pouncey.

"It sucked, it really did," said Pouncey.

Pouncey heard all the talk of players looking ahead, looking past the Jaguars last year, but it's something he doesn't envision happening again.

"I hope not," said Pouncey. "I am pretty sure Coach (Mike) Tomlin will have something to say about it in the first meeting. We'll see how things go. We learned a lot over the years of losing like that. Hopefully everyone went home and took it all in and see how things turn out this year.

"Just not looking ahead. Knowing that every team is great. Taking it one game at a time, one play at a time. That is the biggest thing I learned and hopefully the team did too.

"I think everyone is motivated. I think everyone is on the right path."

That path is one Pouncey feels can lead them to the promised land this year, saying he likes the team's chances and with many on offense heading into their late 20s and early 30s, the time is now.

"Time is running out for everybody," said Pouncey. "I know it's all fun and games at the beginning. But it's time to win. It's been too long."


Landry Jones arrived to camp with a crowded group at quarterback, including Ben Roethlisberger, Joshua Dobbs and rookie Mason Rudolph.

Jones said the team bringing in quarterbacks is something he has become accustomed to, but it still can bring anxiety with it.

"That is what it is for a backup quarterback," said Jones. "They are going to bring someone in every year. It doesn't matter if they draft a guy or they do it through free agency.

"Any time they bring anybody in there is always that sense of anxiety about am I going to have a job, make the team, those types of things."

Rookie Terrell Edmunds is happy to be at Saint Vincent College for his first Steelers training camp after signing a four-year deal one day prior.

"It was amazing," said Edmunds. "I was ready to come up here. I had all of the things packed in my car before I signed. I was ready for that moment. I am glad to be here."

Edmunds knows it's going to be a few days still, but he is really anxious to put the pads on when the team hits the field for practice on Saturday, the first one in the pads.

"I am ready for it," said Edmunds. "We have been playing two-hand touch. Now we get to go out and hit somebody and play the game we love to play and really go out and compete."

He is also looking forward to see how Steelers Nation turns out at camp. He has heard stories from the veteran players but wants to experience it himself.

"The older guys said it is usually packed out with fans," said Edmunds. "I am ready to see all of the fans out there and see how packed out it really is. I am ready. I am excited. I don't really know what to expect."

Steelers training camp is set and ready to kickoff at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.