Steelers: physical camp, Bryant out, mentoring


Steelers training camp is officially underway. For the next few weeks the team will lay the foundation for the 2015 regular season. While the Steelers are sweating in the hot Latrobe sun we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Sunday, August 2nd.

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Hard hits in camp

Mike Tomlin is known for running a physical training camp. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler tells us that the players are starting to feel it already, just one week in. After Saturday’s practice Tomlin told reporters that Jarvis Jones, Ryan Shazier and Shamarko Thomas all left practice early.

Steve McLendon, DeAngelo Williams, Cameron Heyward and Markus Wheaton were already sitting out of Saturday’s practice to nurse their soreness from Friday’s practice. Fowler also suggests that Shazier is showing his athleticism very well so far and Daniel McCullers is showing his strength but still needs work staying in place.

Bryant out 10 days

Ross Jones of Fox Sports is reporting that Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant will be out 10 days with an elbow injury. The Steelers have six practices left before they will travel to Canton to play the Vikings in the Hall of Fame game. Bryant is likely to be out for that game, and you shouldn’t expect much of the starters to play that game anyway.

Mentoring in camp

Teresa Varley explains that while there is a lot of competition that goes on in training camp there’s also comradery and mentoring that takes place on the grounds of Saint Vincent College. Steelers first-round draft pick Bud Dupree has the good fortune of having third-year running back Le’Veon Bell as his mentor.

"“Bud has been doing a great job. I had to block him yesterday and it was crazy. He is doing a great job. He is a guy going out there and putting it on the line each and every day.” – Le’Veon Bell"

Bell has taken Dupree under his wing to steer him in the right direction as far as how to take care of his body and working the hot and cold tubs.

"“It hurts when you first get in (the cold tub), but after a while it’s better. We try and do 30 minutes a day. He does more than me; he does it twice a day. Your legs feel good when you get out. He is helping me eating wise, body wise, getting my body right, just trying to follow the things he does.” – Bud Dupree"

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