The Steelers offseason which includes everything from free agency to draft prep and anything in between is in full swing.
Steelers season never truly ends for Steeler Nation so while the offseason starts to heat up 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, Apr. 19th.
Back to work
The UPCM Rooney Sports Complex was full of Steelers players back at work on Monday thanks to the Phase One of the offseason program beginning. Teresa Varley details how players like linebacker Arthur Moats, defensive lineman Dan McCullers and receiver Markus Wheaton were excited like it was the first day back at school.
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The Phase One of the offseason workout program kicked off on Monday for NFL teams and includes voluntary strength and conditioning as well as physical rehabilitation. Phase One lasts two weeks.
Last season there was controversy over whether or not Antonio Brown would be showing up for the voluntary offseason workouts with the Steelers. The rumor was floated that he would sit out in the hopes of getting a new contract.
That never amounted to anything but Brown will definitely be absent from this year’s voluntary offseason workouts because of his involvement with ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars.” ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler explains that the show will run until late May and the Steelers’ Phase 2 of the offseason workout program runs from May 9-20.
Those are the breaks
The Steelers haven’t drafted a cornerback in the first round since 1997. It’s the longest drought in the NFL a team has gone without selecting a cornerback in the first round. Mark Kaboly of the Trib explains that Steelers GM Kevin Colbert says they haven’t intentionally avoided corners in the first round, it’s just the way things shook out.
However it happened it has left the Steelers’ secondary devoid of top-level talent while other units like the offensive line were beefed up with top-level draft picks. Colbert is hoping to turn the secondary around with this draft. The rest of Steeler Nation are hoping the same thing.