6 biggest observations from Steelers training camp practices

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Connor Heyward is a flat-out football player

If there was one player who may have impressed me the most overall at Steelers training camp, it was Connor Heyward. When Pittsburgh drafted him last year, we all asked ourselves in the back of our minds if this move was made to appease big brother, Cameron. However, regardless of why his was drafted, I'm starting to love this pick.

I don't care if you want to call him a tight end, a fullback, or an H-back; Heyward is just a good football player. This can be seen in everything he does. I was very impressed watching him line up in the slot and sell his routes with remarkable head fakes. His hands are fantastic too as he made some leaping grabs and scooped up some low balls before they hit the turf.

Heyward just seems to know exactly what he's doing -- whether his assignment is on offense or special teams. He always knows where to lineup despite the fact that he's taking on so many roles at once.

If you didn't know any better, you would think that Heyward is an eight-year veteran out there. He's one of the first in line in positional drills and he always seems to be on the same page as the quarterback. He might put up big volume numbers this year, but there's a lot of value in a player who can do so many things for your football team. I was really impressed by what I saw from him in both one-on-one drills and team sessions.