On Friday, The Pittsburgh Steelers will report to Latrobe for another year of training camp, and here on Steelers N Stuff, we have broken down each position on the football team. Here is the last one, in safeties.
State of the Safeties: The Steelers looked to have upgraded completely at safety. Not only will All-Pro Troy Polamalu return to his natural position, the Steelers added Mike Mitchell from free agency.
The Steelers will also have a serviceable back up in Shamarko Thomas, who will also get some work in the slot. The Steelers also have Robert Golden, Ross Ventrone, and Jordan Dangerfield on the roster.
A look at the safeties…
Troy Polamalu: With the help of Mike Mitchell and inside linebacker Ryan Shazier, safety Troy Polamalu should be able to return to his natural position on the field. If you remember from last season, Polamalu was forced to play inside linebacker for most of the season. A job that Polamalu did decent at but was unable to make splash plays that everyone is use to seeing.
Mike Mitchell: At just 27 years of age, the Steelers look to have a gem in free safety Mike Mitchell. Mitchell is a five year veteran who played four seasons with the Raiders and one with the Panthers before signing his five-year contract with the Steelers. Mitchell is a fast and fierce safety who recorded 66 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and two interceptions.
Shamarko Thomas: In his rookie season, safety Shamarko Thomas made two starts on defense in 2013 and played in 14. Thomas made 29 tackles (22 solo). Thomas has a lot of potential and worked out with fellow teammate, Troy Polamalu, over the offseason.
Robert Golden: Golden has been a top special teams player for the Steelers. Golden registered 14 special team tackles in 2013. Golden has made the team two years straight and hopes to make it again come this August.
Ross Ventrone: Ventrone has had trouble staying on an NFL roster in his short career. After being cut several times by the Patriots, the 27 year old Ventrone came to Pittsburgh in 2013 and failed to make the team but spent time on the team’s practice squad. Ventrone has his work cut out for him.
Jordan Dangerfield: After spending a whole season not on an NFL roster, Jordan Dangerfield was happy to sign a reserve/future contract last January. Dangerfield must prove his worth to make the 53 man roster. Dangerfield was solid at Towson during his college career.
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