The rookies have arrived

There were introductions and questions. A lot of wide eyes and plenty of excitement.

The Steelers 2018 rookies arrived at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex in preparation for rookie minicamp.

It was arrival day for the Steelers rookie class, a day to settle in and learn where everything is before the team's three-day minicamp begins on Friday at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.

"I am ready to compete," said first-round pick Terrell Edmunds. "The guys I have met, it seems like we have a great group of guys here. We are ready to get out there and compete and make each other better.

"It's like the first day of practice in college. It's been a long process going through the Combine and everything. You were doing testing and all, and now you get to play football again. Everybody is ready for that. I am excited. I can't wait for it. I am ready to get out there and start moving around."

From draft picks, to rookie free agents, to those in for a tryout, everyone had the same feeling. It's time to get to work.

"I am pumped to be here. I can't wait," said third-round pick Mason Rudolph. "I am ready to get started with practice tomorrow morning and meet my new teammates. It's exciting. You are in a new city, a new area of the country. I am looking forward to getting to know my surroundings and my teammates."

Upon their arrival the players go through the routine of being fitted for equipment, seeing where their lockers are, meeting with the athletic training staff, and even having photos taken.

The focus is getting the details done before the football begins on Friday morning, when the first of five practices will be held.

"As far as putting the helmet on and competing, it's been a while," said fifth-round pick Marcus Allen, who signed a four-year deal when he arrived in Pittsburgh. "I have always been in a groove working on my technique. I have always been working. But getting back on the field with my teammates and competing at the highest level, it's going to be new again and time to get back into the football groove."

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