Steeler Nation, the Steelers are vacationing for six weeks until they will report back for training camp on July 26. When camp rolls around, the intensity in Latrobe will be turned up as the Steelers will use that 8-8 record they finished with in 2012 as motivation into the next season. What can we expect to take place at training camp in 2013?
The biggest battle that will strike Latrobe in 2013 will be the battle for starting outside linebacker. Who will take over the reigns of James Harrison? Jason Worilds is a four-year pro who has been productive in games when given the opportunity, however, the team dedicated their first round pick in 2013 to a man who led the nation in sacks, forced fumbles, and tackles for a loss a year ago, Jarvis Jones.The last rookie to start on the Steelers defense was Kendrell Bell who lasted just four seasons with the black and gold.
The Steelers look to turn up from their 26th ranked rushing attack a year ago by adding Le’Veon Bell to the competition of Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman. Two half backs that failed to lead the back field to any real success when the offense called their numbers last year. Baron Batch and LaRod Stephen-Howling will be fighting for a roster spot with Redman and Dwyer as it looks one of those four will be released.
The progression of Heath Miller and Sean Spence will be examined when they report back from summer. Neither are expected to participate in camp, but both are attempting a return in 2013. Miller is nursing a torn ACL that he suffered in week 16 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Spence’s torn knee caused peroneal nerve damage and has been nursing his injury for a much longer time frame.
Jack Bicknell Jr. looks to improve a young offensive line in his first season in Pittsburgh. His job is to coach his lineman the outside zone scheme so that the Steelers rushing attack may be more versatile. Also, to take keep Ben Roethlisberger clean and healthy.
Steeler Nation, there is room on the depth chart for anyone to step up in 2013. The Steelers will have plenty of competition going on this summer in Latrobe. The Steelers will take a six-week break, but we will not! Steelers N Stuff will continue to deliver quality news, views, and opinions to the Steeler Nation. Comment and tell us what you are waiting to see in July.