Steeler Nation , we are already halfway through camp and heading toward the Steeler’s first pre-season game. Football is definitely in the air and the season is right around the corner. It’s time again to look at some things we have learned in camp so far….
One thing for sure is Mike Tomlin and his coaching staff have set the tone in this camp. Not since the days of Chuck Noll has there been a more physical camp with all the live tackling drills. Tomlin wants to see what these young guys on the team can do and is wasting no time finding how they function under football conditions .
Another thing that is clear is the Steelers are establishing a run game early in camp. For a few years now the Steelers have talked about having to establish the run. This camp they are doing more than just talking about it. The Steelers offensive line and running backs have practiced multiple running drills, red zone and short yardage situations. These are the drills where the contact and tackling have really taken place.
The Steelers secondary is growing dangerously thin so far in camp. So far there has been injuries to Cortez Allen,Curtis Brown,Terry Hawthorne and DeMarcus Van Dyke. On the positive side none have been season ending.
RB Le’Veon Bell continues to stand out among all the running backs at practice. It will be interesting to see if he continues to impress during the pre-season action.
WR Markus Wheaton has impressed with how fast he has picked up the plays and his overall game . Some reports suggest it’s just a matter of time before he becomes the Steelers 3rd wide receiver.
Kelvin Beachum is the sixth man on the offensive lineman but with the season ending injury of Nik Embernate no one has emerged as a clear-cut option after Kelvin Beachum. It should be interesting to see who steps up in the up coming pre-season games .Here are some names to watch tackle Joe Long, guard John Malecki, guard Justin Cheadle, tackle Guy Whimper, tackle D’Anthony Batiste and guard-tackle Mike Golic Jr. Some one must step up and there will be a huge opportunity for these players in the pre-season.
The punting competition continues to heat up. Reports so far is P Brian Moorman may be edging out P Drew Butler . Moorman 37 has shown he still has great hang time on his punts in practice. The pre-season should tell the tale and it should be very interesting.
When camp began many thought QB John Parker Wilson was just brought in as a camp arm but Wilson has been very impressive so far in camp. He has a strong-arm and has shown to be accurate.Reports out of camp have suggested that Wilson clearly has shown more in camp than Steelers 4th round pick Landry Jones and is pushing hard for the 3rd QB spot. This should be another good pre-season battle to watch.