The Steelers are all checked in and accounted for at Saint Vincent College and 2016 training camp is officially underway for the 51st year in Latrobe.
While the Steelers get the pads on and get preparations started on the 2016 regular season we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Saturday, July 30th.
One tough son of a gun
It’s been a while since we’ve heard from No. 7. During the offseason he was quite busy with his family expanding and all. Mike Prisuta got to catch up with Ben Roethlisberger about where he’s at while he prepares to begin his 13th NFL season.
Roethlisberger talks about everything from his thoughts on the suspensions of Martavis Bryant and Le’Veon Bell to how many times he thinks he can get Antonio Brown the ball during a game. He also talks about how he feels about being Pittsburgh’s quarterback.
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"“Just being tough. I feel like I play the game the way the fans want it to be played. When I get my nose broken in a game or I get injured, I don’t want to come out. I’ll stay in the in the game bloody and battered because I feel like that what the steelworkers would do, the tough Pittsburgh people. I’m from three hours from here. It’s not like I’m a West Coast kid, or Florida. I’m a Midwest guy; I’m from Pittsburgh, that’s what I am. I always say I want to play for the fans but I feel like they can acknowledge now after 13 years that I’m a tough son of a gun and I’m going to give it everything I have for them.” – Ben Roethlisberger"
Lean, mean sack machine
Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree showed up to training camp on Thursday down almost twenty pounds from his rookie season. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler explains that Dupree credits his weight loss throughout the offseason with going carb-free in the hopes to increase his speed off of the edge.
Dupree stalled the second half of his rookie season failing to record a sack over the final eight games of 2015. He seems to be on a mission now. He can send all the extra carbs to me. I never met a carb I didn’t like.
No interview yet
The NFL’s threat to interview James Harrison as soon as he reported to training camp was apparently a hollow threat. According to the Trib’s Mark Kaboly, NFLPA spokesman Carl Francis confirmed that no interviews with Harrison were taking place either Thursday or Friday.
The Steelers reported to training camp on Thursday and held their first practice on Friday. The NFL went out of their way to make public their intentions on interviewing Harrison along with other players named in a now recanted Al-Jazeera report on PED’s as soon as they got to camp because they’ve been uncooperative with the NFL’s “investigation” of said report.
The NFLPA has repeatedly requested the NFL provide more credible evidence than the recanted statements as the reason for the interviews. So the stalemate continues.