Steelers: Most Intriguing 2015 UFDA Signings

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Is there a mini-competition for a back up Center?

I don’t think the Steelers are specifically looking for a back up Center.  Cody Wallace signed a three-year contract with the Steelers last year and I don’t think there is an identified “need” for a new back up while Wallace is around.

Yet, we all know that offensive line can get hit by the injury bug.  Some years the o-line looked completely different by the middle of the season.

It certainly can’t hurt to work out talent with experience at the center position.  The Steelers like to say they sign based on talent, not need.

One thing you can say is that you never know what the team could need along the way, but the center is critical. Pouncey is worth his recent extension. He has developed into a leader on the team and a valued member of the team.

Now would be the time to let him start mentoring as well.

The active roster size limits having a back-up center on the team.  My impression of years past has been that the Steelers keep eight offensive lineman on the active roster in favor of an extra running back or wide receiver.

I think the amount of personnel with Center experience who were signed as rookies this year is the most intriguing thing among the UFDAs.  However, I don’t think there is a plan to get a specific back up for Pouncey.  It does make me curious to see how things in camp work out.

Is it time for training camp yet?

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