What To Expect From Pittsburgh Steelers 2014: Guards

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May 22, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants center Jim Cordle (63) , guard Bryant Browning (75) and tackle Matt McCants (74) during the New York Giants organized team activities at the Giants Timex Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Bryant Browning. 79. player. 55. Bryant Browning is the Steelers ‘fourth guy’ when it comes to the available guards with NFL experience – well if you want to call it that.  Browning, much like Snow entered the league as an UDFA and signed with the Carolina Panthers in 2011.  Browning went to the Bills and Giants and did not see any action there as a member of the practice squads.  After Steelers practice squad’er Jake Long was nabbed by the Bears late in the 2013 season, the Steelers signed Browning. It is my understanding of the practice squad rules that Browning must make the roster this time around or be done in participating with NFL teams.  Consequently, the expectations couldn’t be any higher for Browning – show enough moxie in camp so that you make the roster as a backup to the offensive line, or hope to be signed by another NFL team as you sit around on your couch most of your days.  That ultimatum could be great motivation for Browning, but Steeler Nation should not expect much and should not get their hopes up.  The team will already have a complicated cocktail to mix of their five starters along with just a small handful of backups.  Coach Tomlin never carries more than eight linemen each week leaving each spot extremely valuable.  Browning has good size but isn’t very strong to fend off attackers in the pass rush.  He is better suited for run blocking, which could help his chances, but it’s doubtful the coaches will have much patience with him should he still be in the ‘development’ stages of his career.. G. Exp. 3yrs.