Across the NFL landscape right now, many teams are using OTA practices and minicamps to get a good look at the fruits of their NFL Draft labors starting in April. For coaches, it’s a great way to get a barometer of these players’ learning curve in situational football, whether it’s the weather, a circumstance behind the chains, or two minute exercise.
The last of these is the one head coach Mike Tomlin spoke about in a post-practice press conference. He said the team picked up some quality looks during today’s minicamp training, and never one to mince words, Tomlin again expressed his appreciation for the opportunities, even complimenting the weather. , stating that a little rain wouldn’t be a bad thing, as the elements of bad weather are indeed involved in the game for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“Formal communication, calling for reporting on both sides,” Tomlin said via the Steelers’ official YouTube channel. “But also the informal things after that formal discussion, information recognition, MIKE identification, from a protection perspective there is a lot of communication that has to happen in a tight time frame and these exercises provide to these guys opportunities to hone their skills in this area.“
With only a few OTA sessions remaining, it will be important for young players to get as many reps as possible before the end of the summer, when training camp makes its much-anticipated return to Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. . With a shortened pre-season, it’s times like this that get them valuable reps. According to GPP Brian Batko, highlights of today’s session included an impressive interception by safety Tre Norwood and also an acrobatic one-handed grab from rookie to Kenny Pickett to Connor Heyward. Pickett’s drive, however, didn’t end in the end zone either, and it looks like the Pittsburgh defense won the day.
The Steelers performed a 2-minute drill today at minicamp. Safety Tre Norwood said he finished first with an interception on an angled pass. Kenny Pickett led the second possession and found Connor Heyward on a one-handed diving catch, but that drive didn’t end in a TD either.
—Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) June 7, 2022
Pickett is likely the favorite to win the starting throne occupied for 18 seasons by future Hall Of Famer Ben Roethlisberger. However, free agent Mitch Trubisky’s pickup shouldn’t go down without stiff competition, as this battle will likely be one of the most scrutinized by many fans and league pundits heading into camp. coaching.