Pittsburgh has really revved things up in their third week of Steelers training camp. Here are four players with soaring stock in recent practices.
I know that this is just practice, but I have seen training camp performances translate well to the regular season in the past. I remember watching Ryan Shazier dominate at Steelers training camp firsthand only to see him become an X-Factor on the field early in his career. The same could be said about players like T.J. Watt and Martavis Bryant.
While some players have been pretty consistent throughout camp, others have steadily improved. These four players have been the most impressive of the bunch in recent practices:
Mitch Trubisky is finally looking like Steelers QB1
It took a little while, but Mitch Trubisky is finally starting to look like the starting quarterback the Steelers had hoped for when they signed him as an unrestricted free agent this past offseason. Fans certainly weren’t thrilled about the idea of seeing Mason Rudolph under center and Kenny Pickett might need more time than we would have hoped.
After a shaky start to camp, Trubisky now looks cool, calm, and collected out there. The veteran QB is showcasing his ability to go through progressions, find the open man, and deliver an accurate ball. He has clearly been the best quarterback at Steelers training camp this week.
Robert Spillane playing like he wants a starting LB job
Robert Spillane is already a veteran football player and he was never a great athlete to begin with. However, the arrow is simply pointed up for him at Steelers training camp. He just seems to be in the right place at the right time — making splash plays both against the run and the pass.
Though the Steelers have a ton of investments in their projected starting linebackers between Myles Jack and Devin Bush, it’s Spillane who has had the best practices this week. He’s a guy that just makes this coaching staff happy with what he is able to show, and he should be able to carve out a consistent rotational role at linebacker during the regular season if he keeps this up.
George Pickens is still the Steelers most impressive WR at camp
This is hardly up for debate. George Pickens has been the most impressive wide receiver at Steelers training camp and I’m not sure if it’s remotely close. This is exactly what we were hoping to see from Pittsburgh’s second-round draft choice, but I don’t know if anyone could have predicted the 21-year-old would catch on so fast.
Pickens does have a few concentration drops, but he’s incredibly smooth with excellent ball-tracking skills and toughness at the catch. Pickens has impressed since the very beginning of camp but is becoming more consistent in recent practices. He has clearly been the favorite option for Steelers quarterbacks in the passing game so far. We will see if that changes when Diontae Johnson returns from a hip flexor injury.
RB Jaylen Warren is giving himself a shot to make Steelers roster
The undrafted rookie that I’m most impressed with this summer has easily been Jaylen Warren. Mataeo initially drew the buzz heading into camp because of his athletic traits, but it has been Warren who has outplayed most every other running back on the team.
Warren doesn’t have great speed — something that he recently admitted to reporters — but he’s shifty with great contact balance. Listed at 5’8” and 215 pounds, Warren is built low to the ground and gets enjoyment out of running through arm tackles. I think the rookie is still on the outside looking in for a spot on Steelers roster, but he has a legitimate chance to stick if he keeps playing as well as he has been.
There are other players who have had very solid practices at Steelers training camp this year as well, but these four names have stuck out the most to me this week. Keep an eye on them in Pittsburgh’s first preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks this week.