Pittsburgh Steelers Coach mike tomlin cautioned against reading too much into individual throws or each practice day when evaluating quarterbacks who were jockeying for starting position.
Of course, the daily outages and overanalysis will happen anyway. And on day 2 of training camp in Saint Vincent, Mason Rudolf eclipse Mitch Trubisky and Kenny Pickett.
Trubisky threw two interceptions, and Pickett followed that up by throwing an interception on the final play of Wednesday’s practice by throwing one on his first snap Thursday. Meanwhile, Rudolph had the pitch of the day on Thursday when his left sideline pitch hit Gunner Olszewski in stride about 35 yards downfield and Olszewski ran it the rest of the way for what would have been about a 60-yard touchdown. Olszewski, a veteran punt return specialist, beat sophomore defensive back Tre Norwood on the game.
• Trubisky was chosen by a pair of inside linebackers: Devin Bush on “seven hits” on a pass intended for the near end Zach Gentry on the goal line at the start of practice, then again by Robert Spillane during the seven-on-seven game.
• Pickett’s back-to-back interceptions during team drills (23 hours apart) have each been made by undrafted rookie cornerbacks. Pugs Platel had one on Pickett’s last pitch on Wednesday, and Chris Steel intercepted Pickett on Pickett’s first 11-on-11 pitch on Thursday.
• Steele, a Southern Cal freshman who four years ago was a highly rated freshman in high school, added a pass breakup later in practice.
• Pickett was dropped from the rotation for ‘seven shots’, which is a 2-point conversion drill. Trubisky took the first four shots and Rudolph the last three. The attack scored four times, including three of Trubisky’s four snaps: caught by Chase Claypool, Anthony Millernobility and Tyler Vaughn (the latter from Rudolph). Justin Layne had a pass break, and Norwood and Ulysses Gilbert III combined to break up a throw intended for Kevin Rader.
• Rudolph was far from perfect on Thursday. He had off-target shots and some that were broken. Pickett and Trubisky weren’t all bad either: Trubisky completed six of his first seven team drills, and he pitched what turned into the second long catch-and-run “touchdown” in as many days for the recruit. Calvin Austin III. Pickett showed mobility and nimble feet to avoid pass rushes.
• For the second consecutive day, quarterback n°4 Chris Oladokun did not receive a single rep in a team exercise. The seventh-round rookie pick got some work done again after practice, taking snaps and a fake ‘rushing pass’ from the assistant quarterbacks coach David Corly and throw passes to the rookie Tyler Snead.
• Live punting took place for the first time on Thursday, with Olszewski, Miller, Austin, steven simsVaughns and George Pickens alternate returns of boots by Pressley Harvin III and Cameron Nizialek.
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