Steelers Look Back, Prove it Archer, Camp Ben


The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up their OTAs on Thursday afternoon and will just have the mandatory minicamp remaining of their offseason workout program before they break for the summer. While they put the finishing touches on their pre-training camp preparations we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Sunday, June 14th.

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Looking back on OTAs

The Steelers only have a three day minicamp next week standing in front of their summer vacations before it’s time to check into the dorms at Saint Vincent College. Teresa Varley gives us a look back on the week that was of OTAs.

The Steelers started the week off by trading their football gear for their play clothes and loose change for the arcade games at Dave & Busters. It has become an annual tradition for the team to use one of the OTA days as a team building exercise of fun and friendly competition. Come to think of it, what’s the change situation like for that? Does Tomlin have them all line up for their game cards or do they buy their own?

James Harrison balked at the idea of him being limited to a snap count for the upcoming season. Steelers outside linebackers coach Joey Porter had already said that he would plan to limit 37-year-old Harrison’s playing time to around 25 snaps this season.

"“It’s a snap count that they want me to be around, but there was a snap count that they wanted me to be around when I came back last year. They wanted me to be around 15 plays, but I ended up playing 37. So, we’ll see how it plays out.” – James Harrison"

Either Coach Porter is going to have to physically remove Harrison from the field or this is the ultimate pressure for Bud Dupree and Jarvis Jones. If you want on the field, you’re going to have to be better than James Harrison to stay on.

Prove it Dri

There are a few players in this upcoming season that are definitely in positions to prove themselves worthy of their roster spot. In the case of Dri Archer, he’s got to prove not only he’s worth a spot on the 53-man roster, but also worthy of the third-round pick the Steelers seemingly wasted on him in last year’s draft.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reminds us that Archer’s job at proving his worth on the Steelers offense might be more difficult this year than last. With already proven playmakers in Antonio Brown, Heath Miller, Markus Wheaton and Le’Veon Bell it’s easy for Archer’s name to be buried on the bottom of the list of go-to guys. That’s not even counting Martavis Bryant, free agent pickup DeAngelo Williams and rookie WR Sammie Coates.

Archer was picked because of his speed but he’s going to have to spend training camp proving that his speed is more than something you clock on a track; he’s going to need to prove it’s an advantage the team needs.

Camp Ben

Before minicamp and training camp begin Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hosted a youth football camp for kids in the area.

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