Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp: First Impressions from the Opening Practice

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Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp: First Impressions from the Opening Practice
Chris Gazze
Ben Roethlisberger stepped onto the practice fields wearing Brett Keisel's No. 99 jersey.

Sunny skies over Saint Vincent made for a beautiful start to training camp for the Pittsburgh Steelers. As the players strolled down the hill to Chuck Noll Field, there was a sense of confidence and enthusiasm for the 2014 season.

After back-to-back missed playoff appearances, head coach Mike Tomlin has a renewed focus with his team, and it showed on the first day of camp. So far, he has been pleased with the results, per Teresa Varley of Steelers.com:

“It was a good start for us today—good energy, enthusiasm, but you can anticipate that on the first day,” said Tomlin. “More than anything I liked the communication, the giving and receiving of information, coach to player, player to player.”

There will be a significant amount of teaching and learning in this year’s camp with so many young players on the roster, and several new starters prepared to enter the lineup. That means that the Steelers will not only have to rely on their coaching staff but also the veteran leaders to help bring these new players along.

While there will be struggles throughout the rest of training camp and the preseason, the Steelers had a strong opening practice and made some strong first impressions.

Here are my observations from Saturday’s practice.

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