4 critical takeaways from Steelers first week of training camp

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The Steelers have wrapped up their first week of training camp, and to this point, it has been a successful one. It is always good to get players back into practice and on the field. The team has gotten physical and churned out some good battles during camp already. While there is still a lot of time to go, the dust is beginning to settle.

With the first week officially in the books, I wanted to take some time to highlight the biggest trends I have seen from this week. Again, a lot can change between now and the end of the summer, but here are the four biggest takeaways from the Steelers first week of training camp.

Steelers got a good one in Allen Robinson

Pittsburgh made a very typical low-cost trade before the draft began this year. The Rams parted ways with Robinson and their seventh-round pick for the Steelers seventh-round pick. Moving back a handful of spots in the final round of the draft netted them Robinson.

To be clear, this isn’t the Robinson of old. Injuries and inconsistencies have made him a questionable name, to say the least. The Rams were figuring him to be a key member of their offense, but he once again floundered. He can still be a decent physical threat, but he isn’t as dynamic as he once was.

The early results have looked good. Robinson has flashed some strong hands and an early connection with Kenny Pickett. While I doubt he ultimately is a huge producer in this offense, the move is paying dividends.

The Steelers have paired Robinson with George Pickens as well. I love that the team is finding a mentor for the talented second-year wideout. For the cost it took to bring him in, the Robinson move certainly seems like a strong one for the team so far in training camp.