On Location: Steelers Rookie Receivers Battle

During the Steelers OTA’s, I got to watch three of the team’s young receivers—Isaiah Williams and rookies Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown—compete in a game of “Who can catch the most tennis balls?” It sounds odd, but activities like these encourage competition and bring a team closer together.

Standing about ten yards from the ball-shooting machine, the guys have to catch a brown ball and drop it into a five-gallon bucket, one you could find at any hardware store or garage.

I was curious as to why they had to drop the balls into the bucket. Sanders explained, “It’s symbolizing you catching then tucking the ball. If you don’t drop it in the bucket, it’s like a fumble.”

The trio was all fun and games with Sanders easily the most vocal of the three. When it was all over, the first-year man out

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