Training Camp Recap, Day 5: TEs take on new role, and attitude

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers Minicamp
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The Pittsburgh Steelers are back at Training Camp, and it is time to check out what went down during the latest practice!

It isn’t Saint Vincent College, but it hasn’t been Latrobe, PA since 2019. The Pittsburgh Steelers are taking in their 2021 Training Camp between Heinz Field and their UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the Southside of Pittsburgh.

What went down during the latest training camp practice? That is where this article comes in. Check out all that was said, as well as photos and videos from the day’s workouts.

Here we go…

There were several positions which can be deemed as weak entering the 2021 offseason. Tight end might not be atop the list, but it would certainly make the cut. And this isn’t breaking news. Fans knew it, coaches knew it and so did the players. That was a driving force behind the Steelers taking Pat Freiermuth in the 2nd Round of the 2021 NFL Draft, and the focus on the position remains in training camp.

In fact, the primary tight end tandem Eric Ebron and Freiermuth were in front of the media, and they are focused on changing the perception of the position in 2021. In fact, their tight end room has a nickname, courtesy of new TE coach Alfredo Roberts, and it is “the bad asses”.

They say admitting you have a problem is the first step, and that would describe where the team’s tight end depth chart currently resides.

Now onto the other news from Monday’s practice at Heinz Field…

No Big Ben

Fans who constantly criticize the Steelers giving Ben Roethlisberger days off won’t like this news, but Mike Tomlin excuses Roethlisberger from practice Monday for personal reasons. He is expected back for the first padded practice of camp Wednesday.

Injury Update…sort of

If you were looking for an injury update, this is about as close as we go from head coach Mike Tomlin after Monday’s practice:

“Had a number of guys that missed some work for a variety of reasons, most of which we’ve been talking about. I gave Ben (Roethlisberger) the day off for personal reasons. He’s been excused by me. We look forward to getting him back tomorrow. Other guys that are working their way back, getting back to us, we’d expect those guys to be back in a short number of days.”

A lot still to prove

A huge part of the issues surrounding the tight end position has been their blocking, or lack thereof. Freiermuth has been flashing his pass catching/play making abilities throughout camp thus far, but with pads being donned soon, fans will soon know what their 2nd round pick can do, from a blocking perspective.

We don’t draft first round picks to not block

Don’t think Eric Ebron doesn’t know what drafting Najee Harris being drafted in the first round means for the tight ends. Just watch…

How good were the TEs at blocking last year? Try terrible…

Speaking of Ebron’s honesty, is there anything more honest than his comments on how poor the tight ends were last year?

BTSC Training Camp Recap Podcast



The 2021 Training Camp Confidential

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp
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The Pittsburgh Steelers are at Heinz Field, and the pads are popping! We welcome you to the multi-day stream of content called the Training Camp Confidential.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back in pads at Heinz Field for a strange training camp, meaning not at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, and it is time to get fans excited for the events which are about to ensue.

This is where the 2021 Training Camp Confidential comes in!

Right here is where all of the articles which fall under the Training Camp Confidential will be housed for your reference. Obviously, not every article which is produced at BTSC will be content for the Camp Confidential series, but this will be a place for you to see what you may have missed, keep up with comments and ultimately prepare yourself for the 2021 regular season!

For those new to these parts, the Training Camp Confidential is a 3-4 day feature where we run anywhere from 5-6 pieces a day directly related to the start of training camp. This usually takes place as players report to dorms at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, but with things out of whack, again, this season we thought the start of padded practice would be a good place to start.

Therefore, check out all the content right here, and be sure to check back often to enjoy all of the fine work by the staff here at BTSC for the 2021 Training Camp Confidential!

The 2021 State of BTSC Address

NFL: AFC Wild Card Round-Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers
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Time to update what is going on here at BTSC heading into the 2021 regular season.

The Pittsburgh Steelers 2021 season is upon us, and with training camp already underway it is time for us here at BTSC to start our annual ‘Training Camp Confidential’ series. This was usually a series we did on the day players reported to camp, and ran for 48-72 hours after, but the past two seasons have had very anticlimactic starts. We decided to combine our feature with the start of the excitement — the first padded practice.

We did it last year, and it worked out well, so why not do it again?

The start of the Training Camp Confidential also brings with it my State of BTSC Address. This is where I talk about all the exciting, and new, things happening here at this site.

At this point, the kinks are still being worked out with the Coral commenting system, but they are still working hard to get things right. It is a slow, and painful, process, but it is still ongoing.

Out podcast platform has never been better. We are ready to debut the following shows starting today (Wednesday August 28) and several in the coming weeks:

Steelers Fantasy Fix

  • This show is based around all types of fantasy football with a focus on the Steelers who could be in your lineup.

The Cutting Room Floor

  • Our very own Geoffrey Benedict will dive into the X’s and O’s of the Steelers with this unique twist to your standard podcast.

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What Yinz Talkin’ About?

  • This show focuses on the fans, and how they use social media to vent. They will talk about what everyone is talking/complaining about by the week..

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On the editorial side of the site, things won’t be changing all that much. We still strive to be the best Steelers site on the internet, and that doesn’t mean just the best fan-driven site. No, we want to be better than everyone. We are always open to ways to make the site better, so if you can do it in a constructive way, we are all ears!

I am genuinely proud to have such a tremendous team to work with on a daily basis. Whether it’s Dave Schofield being my right-hand man in almost all situations, Bryan Anthony Davis spear-heading the podcast platform, Michael Beck running the social media platforms or any of our writers who tirelessly pour themselves into their work all for you, the reader.

Here is to another Pittsburgh Steelers season! May it be filled with no drama, but plenty of wins!