Training camp takes a while before many different assumptions become reality. It is not about when a player has a poor practice, but it’s when they continue a poor practice into a string of bad situations. If they make poor performances into a habit, then it will become even more difficult for those players to make the final 53-man roster.
The Steelers have been practicing up at Saint Vincent College for a little over a week now. There have been some positive performances and some others that have struggled on the field to start things off. There is still a lot of time between now and when final cuts need to be announced, so most of these players still have time to turn things around.
Steelers rookie shockingly retires just days into training camp
One of the more shocking stories to develop during the first week of camp was the retirement of Monte Pottebaum. He was an undrafted free agent signing out of Iowa this past offseason that could have pushed for a roster spot. He would have needed to show quality snaps at fullback and most of his plays would have had to be on special teams.
It was shocking news because rookies do not normally retire right after their first training camp starts. For one reason or another Pottebaum decided that this opportunity was not right for him, and he decided to call it a career. Many were infatuated by his mullet, and it would have been interesting to see how he would have tried to make this roster.