Steelers news: Bettis cereal, veterans work, scouting report


The Steelers summer vacation is winding down. They’ll be reporting to the dorms of Saint Vincent for the Steelers’ 50th season of training camp in Latrobe in less than a week. While the Steelers are enjoying the last of their summer break we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Tuesday, July 21st.

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Bettis HOF Crunch

How many people can say they have their own cereal? There’s Count Chocula, Captain Crunch and how HOF’er and former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis. On Monday afternoon Bettis introduced his limited edition cereal “Bettis HOF Crunch” at his Pittsburgh restaurant, Bettis Grille 36.

The cereal is available at participating Giant Eagle grocery stores as well as on and proceeds will go to benefit his Bus Stops Here Foundation, dedicated to improving quality of life for underprivileged inner-city youth. Only 36,000 overall boxes of the cereal will be sold, in honor of his No. 36.

Old guys don’t need the extra work

The Steelers will be reporting to training camp a week earlier than usual explains Ed Bouchette of the PPG. The early date is for their preparation to play the Hall of Fame Game in Canton on Aug. 9th, which will give them five total preseason games.

Bouchette explains that the benefit will be more for Steelers coach Mike Tomlin to use the extra week to turn that 90-man roster into the 53-man roster that will travel to New England in September. Fans need not worry that Ben Roethlisberger or Heath Miller might be overworked with the longer camp.

The Hall of Fame Game is nationally televised but that doesn’t mean the Steelers will be playing their starters for an extended amount of time. Bouchette points out how that game is the perfect opportunity for Landry Jones to prove his worth. The extra time can be more than useful for Keith Butler to mold his youthful defense.

Pre-camp Steelers roster

Chris Adamski of the Trib has assembled a pre-training camp roster for the Steelers by position complete with locks and scouting reports. He lists Dri Archer as a roster lock in the running back group and says Josh Harris is on the bubble.

When you see it all listed out you notice just how thin at depth the Steelers are on the defensive line. Sure the singing of Cameron Heyward to a six-year extension last week provides stability on the line for years but besides that there is nothing but question marks.

The Steelers are going to have an interesting competition to see who makes the cut for the outside linebackers. Jarvis Jones, Arthur Moats, James Harrison and Bud Dupree are all locks but what will happen to Shawn Lemon, Anthony Chickillo and Howard Jones?

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