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    Fittipaldo Offers Some First Impressions Of Rookie Draft Picks

    By Matthew Marczi 

    Posted on May 14, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    We haven’t gotten many opportunities just get to get much first-hand knowledge of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ rookie minicamp that was held over the weekend. Frankly, a lot of that probably has to do with the fact that most reporters aren’t going to be particularly interested in how anybody outside of a high first-round pick is going to look like under those circumstances.

    The closest thing I’ve come in getting some takeaways from the weekend came in Ray Fittipaldo’s recent chat session, in which he offered some first impressions about a number of the Steelers’ draft picks from April’s big event.

    Of Sutton Smith, the Steelers’ first of three sixth-round picks and the only outside linebacker taken, he said that the Northern Illinois product “was impressive rushing the passer”, calling him quick, and a player he’ll want to watch closely in training camp to see how his size translates to padded practices.

    He also noted that Akron inside linebacker Ulysees Gilbert III, another sixth-round draft pick, was fast as well, in addition to first-round pick Devin Bush, of course. The only thing that he had to say about fifth-round tight end Zach Gentry is that he is tall and he looked okay running routes, but he was more concerned about getting a look at his blocking in training camp.

    I’m a bit surprised that he didn’t offer any observations on fourth-round running back Benny Snell, who seems to have the most outgoing personality within the rookie class. Running back is also one of the easiest positions to have an opinion on in shorts. He didn’t comment on Diontae Johnson, either, but the third-round pick spent rookie minicamp only running individual drills. Justin Layne and the rest not mentioned also went without comment.

    The next opportunity for these players, and the rest who participated over the weekend and remained on the roster, will be a week from today when the Steelers get their first of 10 OTA sessions underway. They will join the veterans of the roster at that time and will see the level of competition—not to mention the pace—pick up dramatically.

    The Steelers have had some success in recent years in getting their rookies on the field, but outside of Bush, there are no clear probable paths for any of the other draft picks to see much playing time in 2019. Johnson may have the best shot, but they are six-deep at least at wide receiver, so he will have to stick out.

    Hopefully the beat writers will have something more substantial to say during OTAs as far as early evaluations of the young players go. Not just the rookies, but perhaps even more importantly the second-year players such as Terrell Edmunds and James Washington, who could, or should, play huge roles in 2019.

    https://steelersdepot.com/2019/05/fittipaldo-offers-some-first-impressions-of-rookie-draft-picks/
    Steeler teams featuring stat-driven, me-first, fantasy-football-darling diva types such as Antonio Brown & Le'Veon Bell won no championships.

    Super Bowl winning Steeler teams were built around a dynamic, in-your-face defense plus blue-collar, hard-hitting, no-nonsense football players on offense such as Hines Ward & Jerome Bettis.

    We don't want Juju & Conner to replace what we lost in Brown & Bell.

    We are counting on Juju & Conner to return us to the glory we once had with Hines & The Bus.

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    Matthew Marczi has to be one of the worst writers over at Steelers Depot...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    Matthew Marczi has to be one of the worst writers over at Steelers Depot...
    You may be right about that...

    I didn't take issue with much of what he had to say in the article that Ruth posted, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    Matthew Marczi has to be one of the worst writers over at Steelers Depot...
    That's not even writing. It's just re-casting what an actual reporter said. I respect the work that Alex Kozora does - for better or worse, he offers his own analysis and insight. The rest of the site, for the most part, just repackages the work of others.

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    Steelers set to enter phase three of offseason program when training resumes on Tuesday, May 21

    When the Steelers resume practice on Tuesday, they will enter the final phase their offseason training program ahead of training camp in July

    By Simon Chester
    May 18, 2019, 7:16am EDT

    With the conclusion of their rookie minicamp last weekend, the Pittsburgh Steelers have now completed phase two of their offseason training program. Starting on Tuesday, they will move onto the final stage of their preparations ahead of training camp with 10 days of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and then finishing with a mandatory minicamp. A period that will also be the rookies first chance to meet with many of their new veteran teammates.

    Phase three will run from May 21 until June 6, with Pittsburgh set to hold 10 voluntary training sessions that can include team offense versus team defense activities as part of 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills. Live contract is still not permitted during this stage and each day can last no more than six hours. Phase three OTA rules as per the NFLPA:

    4 weeks total

    3 weeks for 10 total OTA’s

    A maximum of 3 OTA’s each week for the first 2 weeks

    During Weeks 1 & 2 a 4th non OTA workout is allowed but phase two rules apply

    A maximum of 4 OTA’s for the 3rd or 4th week

    One week for mini camp

    No pads except protective knee and elbow pads, helmets are permitted

    No live contact

    7 on 7, 9 on 7 and 11 on 11 drills will be permitted provided no live contact takes place
    Dates of Steelers OTAs in 2019
    •OTA #1 - Tuesday, May 21
    •OTA #2 - Wednesday, May 22
    •OTA #3 - Thursday, May 23
    •OTA #4 - Tuesday, May 28
    •OTA #5 - Wednesday, May 29
    •OTA #6 - Thursday, May 30
    •OTA #7 - Monday, June 3
    •OTA #8 - Tuesday, June 4
    •OTA #9 - Wednesday, June 5
    •OTA #10 - Thursday, June 6

    Phase three will then conclude with a mandatory three day minicamp running from June 11 until June 13 that can last upto 10 hours a day. Phase three minicamp rules as per the NFLPA:

    Physicals on Monday but no practice

    Practices Tuesday - Thursday, with a day off on Friday

    Allowed two practices totaling 3 Hours on the field per day

    Second practice limited to walk through activities only
    While OTAs are voluntary, it should still be expected that all players will attend and there have been no reported absences from either phase of the offseason training program so far this year.

    https://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2019/5/18/18629602/steelers-set-to-enter-phase-three-of-offseason-program-when-training-resumes-on-tuesday-may-21-news
    Steeler teams featuring stat-driven, me-first, fantasy-football-darling diva types such as Antonio Brown & Le'Veon Bell won no championships.

    Super Bowl winning Steeler teams were built around a dynamic, in-your-face defense plus blue-collar, hard-hitting, no-nonsense football players on offense such as Hines Ward & Jerome Bettis.

    We don't want Juju & Conner to replace what we lost in Brown & Bell.

    We are counting on Juju & Conner to return us to the glory we once had with Hines & The Bus.

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