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, Aug. 6th.
Stand by your man
If anyone thinks it’s fishy that the Steelers players are firmly in support of their teammate, Le’Veon Bell, while he deals with a potential suspension for the second straight season ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler suggests that the team believes that Bell is really a good “team-oriented” guy.
They’re banking on the suspension, if he ends up serving one for the second consecutive season for violating the NFL’s drug policy for missing tests, isn’t enough to discredit the amount of work he puts into his training and practicing with the team.
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Bell’s offseason training regimen is up there with Antonio Brown and James Harrison standards and there is no denying what he can add to the offense on the field. He’s going to have to eliminate these mistakes. If he ends up serving a suspension this season then that means he’s one strike away from a year-long suspension.
Everyone’s favorite mode of transportation/Hall of Fame Steelers player Jerome Bettis traveled back to Canton, Ohio to be a part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2016 enshrinement ceremonies; this time as a legit HOF’er.
Just following Bettis’ activity on social media shows just how great he feels to be a part of this fraternity and to be able to welcome guys like Kevin Greene and Tony Dungy into the mix. All of the feels.
When the Steelers selected Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft many questioned it as a luxury pick made in a round where a need should have been addressed. Then we learned about the suspension of Martavis Bryant and it began to make more sense.
According to NFL Media reporter Judy Battista Coates is making sure the selection makes even more sense this year while he has the opportunity to step into the spotlight and make himself the recipient of the passes that would’ve normally gone to Bryant.
Coates has so far been the breakout story of camp and hopes to be the breakout story of the season.
"“It’s always your fault why you’re not playing. You can’t blame nobody else. You have to learn from it, you have to grow from it. That’s what I did. I took it and learned from it. Going through practices with the show team was my motivation. I knew I could do it, but I’ve got to push myself past the limit I was at. That helped me grow more as a player. It feels a whole lot better. I know the offense really good. I’m in better shape. I’ve got a lot more confidence coming in. My body feels better. Staying on the field is big for me.” – Sammie Coates"
Not a lot of times does the hottest name in camp come through in the regular season but in this case I think we’re in for a breakout year from Coates. We could be saying, “Martavis who?” by this time next year.