What Have We Learned?: Steelers Preseason

helmetSteeler Nation, the Steelers have now completed three preseason games. They have made their first cuts and it wont be long before the preseason comes to an end and the regular season begins. So what have we learned so far? Lets take a look at some of the knowledge we have gained through the preseason….

Ben Roethlisberger continues to look like he is at the top of his game. Roethlisberger had a great camp and has looked good in limited preseason action. He seems to have taken on a true leadership role this season and is primed for his best season yet baring injury. The Steelers will go as far as number seven can carry them.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2013 rookie draft class has not disappointed. Players such as linebacker Jarvis Jones, running back Le’Veon Bell, wide receiver Markus Wheaton, safety Shamarko Thomas, and linebacker Vince Williams all had good training camps and show great promise to contribute in some way this season..

The Steelers went in to camp and the preseason needing some inside linebacker depth to emerge and it looks like it has. Players such as  Vince Williams ,Marshall McFadden, and Brian Rolle are just a few names that have shown that they may be candidates to add quality depth to the position.

The offensive line continues to lack much quality depth besides Kelvin Beachum . The Steelers continue to rely on Kelvin Beachum to fill many back up positions. Beachum has seen time at guard, tackle, center and even a little tight end. Time may be running out for others to step up. The Steelers only other option may be to look elsewhere before the season begins.

The Steelers wide receivers look like a strong point even after the departure of Mike Wallace. Antonio Brown, Emmanuel SandersJerricho Cotchery  and rookie Markus Wheaton look very good and may be one of the Steelers most talented units.

The Steelers special teams have been not so special so far . New Special teams coach Danny Smith needs to figure something out quick as the Steelers special teams have been bad all preseason.

The two young safeties Robert Golden and rookie Shamarko Thomas are both coming along well and may be an upgrade from last seasons depth.

Cortez Allen  looks to be recovering fine from his knee surgery and looked very capable of replacing Keenan Lewis.

Tight end Heath Miller has had no set backs and is recovering well from his knee surgery. He should make his way back sooner than later barring any setbacks. This is great news for the Steelers depleted tight end position.

With the injury to RB Le’Veon Bell the Steelers running back situation remains up in the air. Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer  have not distinguished themselves enough to choose a clear-cut winner to back up Bell. That may be why the Steelers brought in Felix Jones via trade.

Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski is proving to be a decent back up option for Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers needed to upgrade this area during the off-season and it looks as if they did.

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