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Practice Report: August 10

Highlights from practice No. 15 of training camp:

  • The plan was to punch back at the bully.
  • Unfortunately for the Steelers, rain delayed the preordained and eventually washed out practice.
  • "I challenged (OLB) Melvin Ingram this morning in a team setting, 'We're coming after Melvin Ingram today,'" head coach Mike Tomlin revealed this afternoon prior to what became an abbreviated session at Heinz Field. "Melvin's a run-game bully, so we're gonna get to know him a little bit today."
  • Maybe some other time.
  • Based on how he's performed thus far in camp, Ingram will presumably be waiting for any and all challenges from the offensive tackles, the tight ends and anyone else Tomlin opts to send Ingram's way.
  • Tomlin referenced OLB T.J. Watt's situation as an "inconvenience" that's created an opportunity for Ingram.
  • Ingram is in his first season with the Steelers after spending the last nine with the Chargers.
  • He's been getting an extended look with the first-team defense in place of Watt, who is working on the field daily but has not taken part in 11-on-11 drills.
  • Steelers President Art Rooney II has said he would like to get a long-term contract extension done with Watt before the start of the regular season.
  • "I'm excited about the exposure I've been able to get with Melvin Ingram, for instance, because (Watt's) not been participating," Tomlin said. "And Melvin's had an opportunity to work with the first group and really gain cohesion with some of those guys.
  • "I've just been excited about getting to know him as a player and looking at his skill set and figuring out ways that we can infuse him into what it is that we do. It's been a fun process. He's a football lover. He's a competitor. He likes to work. He's fitting in nicely with the guys."

Take a look at the Steelers training and preparing for the 2021 season at Heinz Field

Take a look at the Steelers training and preparing for the 2021 season at Heinz Field

SEVEN SHOTS: The one and only drill the Steelers were able to finish between the rain delay and the cancellation of practice was dominated by the defense, 5-2.

QB Ben Roethlisberger hit WR JuJu Smith-Schuster on a crossing route with SS Terrell Edmunds chasing on the second rep of the two-point conversion/short-yardage drill.

Roethlisberger's first rep resulted in a pass that was deflected at the line of scrimmage by DT Cam Heyward and the third rep never took place because of a false start on RG Trai Turner.

Roethlisberger spiked the ball in apparent frustration after the pre-snap infraction.

QB Mason Rudolph couldn't connect with TE Eric Ebron, in part because of a combative defensive effort by SS Miles Killebrew, and then missed Ebron in the back of the end zone.

QB Dwayne Haskins had his first pass deflected by DE Isaiah Buggs and intercepted by CB Stephen Denmark, then found TE Zach Gentry for a conversion/score.

MEDICAL FILE: Among those who were scheduled to either not participate or only take part in position drills or individual work due to a variety of reasons based on having taken the field not wearing shoulder pads were WR James Washington, WR Ray-Ray McCloud, CB Joe Haden, RB Benny Snell, CB Antoine Brooks Jr., RB Kalen Ballage, Watt and DE Stephon Tuitt.