The first official day of summer isn’t for another three days but for the Pittsburgh Steelers, spring is already in the rear-view window.
The team wrapped up its mandatory minicamp on Thursday. While players will continue to train over the next month, the next marquee event is training camp. Several veterans and Mike Tomlin have spoke to the importance of conditioning, and today safety Robert Golden echoed it.
“You have been practicing without pads so you want to put some weight on your shoulders and just get used to running with weight on you. Once you go into training camp it’s full gear every day and you are running. You just want to condition your body to be able to withstand all of that,” he told Teresa Varley of Steelers.com.
Outside linebacker Arthur Moats outlined several key points to Varley, speaking to the need of focusing on your diet and training in order to be “accountable.”
The workload will be even heavier this year. With the Steelers playing in the Hall of Fame game, they are holding three additional practices, a total of 18. Their usual slate is four games and 15 practices.
First practice is July 26th and runs through August 21st at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.