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, Day 5: Vance McDonald sheds light on the progress of rookie Zach GentryNew,8commentsTime to check in on what went down at the UPMC Practice Facility for Organized Team Activities.EDTShareTweetShareShareSteelers OTA Recap, Day 5: Vance McDonald sheds light on the progress of rookie Zach GentryPhilip G. Pavely-USA TODAY SportsThe transition from college football to the National Football league can be difficult. Sure, there are players who make the transition look easy, but most players would likely say even those who come into the league and play right away, there is still learning to be done.Getting to the point where you aren’t thinking, but just reacting and playing Terrell Edmunds Jersey
, is something which takes time, and Vance McDonald knows all about that. Drafted in the second round by the San Francisco 49ers, McDonald remembers what it is like to be the new guy, learning a new playbook and going from being a student to a professional athlete.Before Wednesday’s Organized Team Activities (OTAs) practice, McDonald spoke about rookie tight end Zach Gentry, and his overall progress.See what McDonald had to say, via Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:This is the perfect description of what it must feel like for a new player entering the league Ryan Shazier Jersey
, and McDonald paints a very clear picture of where Gentry is in his progress. It is encouraging hearing Gentry is adapting well, but at the same time expectations should be tempered not just for Gentry, but all rookies as they all handle the switch from NCAA to the NFL.McDonald wasn’t done talking, and he talked about Donte Moncrief and Diontae Johnson:James Conner and Vance McDonald talk OTAs, leadership and more!James Conner finds himself in a new role entering 2019. No longer is he just the placeholder for Le’Veon Bell. Now he is the leader of the running back group, and he seems ready to lead the best way he knows how — with a desire and dedication to hopefully get the team back to the promised land.T.J. Watt even better?!T.J. Watt has improved dramatically in his first two years in the NFL, but could he get even better? According to Watt Maurkice Pouncey Jersey
, there is plenty he can still improve upon. Most notably, he mentions his pass rushing skills, overall readiness and stepping up as a leader in year three!OTAs News and Notes Running back Le'Veon Bell is leaving the Steelers, and receiver Antonio Brown likely isn’t far behind. But the Steelers are hoping to keep quarterback Ben Roethlisberger around awhile longer.The Steelers have begun “preliminary” talks with Roethlisberger’s agent, Ryan Tollner, and a new deal could happen soon, according to Gerry Dulac of the .Roethlisberger is in the final year of a deal with will pay him $12 million in base salary with a $23.2 million cap number for 2019 Cameron Heyward Jersey
, according to overthecap.com. A new deal likely would run thought at least the 2022 season, per Dulac.Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert told the team’s website earlier this week that he was optimistic an extension “will happen sooner than later.”Roethlisberger turns 37 on Saturday. In 15 seasons, he has passed for 56,194 yards, 363 touchdowns and 190 interceptions with a career passer rating of 94.2.