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9 players mentioned by Mike Tomlin following Sunday’s training camp practice

The Pittsburgh Steelers took to the practice field at St. Vincent College in a non-padded practice ahead of a day off on monday. Following practice, head coach Mike Tomlin addressed the media. Asked several questions by those in attendance, there was more than enough for a players mentioned article. Remember these are players where a specific question was asked during the Q&A period.

Tre Norwood, Damontae Kazee, Keanu Neal, & Ja’Marcus Bradley

Typically going over injuries in his opening statement, Coach Tomlin was asked about them when he forgot to bring them up. Tre Norwood was a new injury on Sunday while Tomlin listed Damontae Kazee, Keanu Neal, and Ja’Marcus Bradley as players working through a previous injury.

“Tre Norwood had a lower leg injury of some kind that needs to be evaluated tonight. That’s the new one that occurred in practice. Some of the guys that have been out. You see levels of activity in terms of working their way back. Kazee (Damontae Kazee), Keanu Neal, Jamarcus Bradley’s got a minor hamstring that happened yesterday, I don’t know if I outlined that. Other guys are kind of day to day. It’s that time of year with day to day like injuries and so, I want to make a big deal out of it.”

Calvin Austin III

Although he is in his second season with the Steelers, Calvin Austin has yet to appear in a game including the preseason. Coach Tomlin was asked about his early impressions of Austin in his second year.

“You know, I’ve been challenging him and the big challenge for him is you know to perform out here in a setting like this, like a guy that’s been around here. He’s been around here but he hasn’t had physical reps and so there was a challenge. So far, so good. He’s not performing like a rookie, he’s performing like the guy that’s been in the program, and that’s encouraging.”

Darnell Washington

A player who has been brought up a lot is third-round draft pick Darnell Washington. Coach Tomlin was asked about challenging Washington a lot and how he feels about his level of coachability.

“Very coachable, very competitive, likes to work. Have been good reviews in that regard.”

Pressley Harvin III & Braden Mann

On Sunday there was a bit of a punting competition between Pressley Harvin and Braden Mann. Coach Tomlin was asked about what he liked about the competition between the two players.

“Man, we punt off every day that we punt. We got two NFL established, capable guys. I kid them because they’re both Ray Guy award winners. You know, so it’s fun to watch those guys picked their skills against one another but really, it’s a man versus himself battle. The ability to show consistency, the ability to directional punt the way that we desire, the ability to situational punt, redzone punting. Touchbacks are catastrophic analytically, for example. So those are some of the ways that we’re challenging those guys and we will continue.”

In a follow-up question, Coach Tomlin was asked if Harvin has gotten better in this camp more than his previous ones.

“Very early in that regard, but he’s been continually improving since the day we got him.”

Nate Herbig

When it comes to reserve players the offensive line, the more positions they can play the better. Coach Tomlin was asked about what Nate Herbig is also showing as a center.

“You know, I don’t know that I have any significant impressions thus far, I appreciate his versatility. I appreciate his experience. That’s why he’s here.”

Mike Tomlin’s complete interview can be seen here:


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