Training Camp

Training Camp Statistical Recap: First Two Practices

As we did throughout last year, a statistical look at the Pittsburgh Steelers 11 on 11 sessions. Keep in mind they only tell a very small part of the story, plays are already scripted beforehand, and there’s a lot of context to be desired. But in the interest of thoroughness, here are the numbers for each offensive position.

We’ll count them up every few days throughout training camp.

Quarterback:

Landry Jones: 14/26 (53.8%) 3 TD 3 INT
Ben Roethlisberger: 12/22 (54.5%) 2 TD 1 INT
Tajh Boyd: 9/11 (81.8%) 0 TD 0 INT
Tyler Murphy: 6/8 (75%) 0 TD 0 INT

Running Back Carries:

DeAngelo Williams: 8
Le’Veon Bell:
7
Josh Harris: 6
Ross Scheuerman: 4
Cameron Stingily: 3
Dri Archer: 1
Martavis Bryant: 1

Wide Receiver Catches/Targets/Touchdowns

Darrius Heyward-Bey: 6/9/2
C.J. Goodwin: 4/5
Heath Miller: 4/5/1
Antonio Brown: 3/5
Sammie Coates: 2/4
Markus Wheaton: 2/4
Will Johnson: 1/4/1
Josh Harris: 3/3
Jesse James: 3/3
Ross Scheuerman: 3/3
Dri Archer: 1/3
Le’Veon Bell: 2/2
Shakim Phillips: 2/2/1
Eli Rogers: 2/2
DeAngelo Williams: 2/2
Martavis Bryant: 1/2
Michael Egnew: 1/1
Devin Gardner: 0/2
Matt Spaeth: 0/1
Cameron Stingily: 0/1

Drops:

Dri Archer: 1
Sammie Coates: 1
Darrius Heyward-Bey: 1
Markus Wheaton: 1

Interceptions:

Cortez Allen: 1
Alden Darby:
1
Kevin Fogg:
1
Doran Grant:
1

Some quick notes.

– Just as it was last year for Brendon Kay, the #4 QB is going to have very limited reps. Four throws a day for Murphy. Another reason why I don’t believe in switching him out for Gardner. Not going to have enough opportunities to evaluate to justify making a change.

– Murphy and Boyd have pretty completion percentages but have rarely stretched the ball downfield. Lot of dinking and dunking underneath.

– Archer has two more targets than he has carries.

– Goodwin already has three more catches in these two practices than in the 11 I recorded in 2014.

Rob Blanchflower is the only tight end without a target in my notes (full disclosure: there are one or two plays I didn’t have a target written down). We’re very early of course so don’t panic but want to see him get some chances to make plays.

– Added emphasis on all the underneath throws. Running backs have 14 targets or over 20% of the total attempts. They have all been within five yards. And that doesn’t even count the tight ends or Will Johnson.

 

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