The Steelers draft picks have been made and the offseason workout program is in full swing.
Steelers season never truly ends for Steeler Nation so while the team starts to put in the work to prepare for the 2016 NFL season we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Monday, May 16th.
Call your grandma back
Steelers first-round draft pick cornerback Artie Burns is a busy man these days. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler explains that the soon to be rookie out of Miami has been busy learning the Steelers playbook and is too busy to even answer a call from his grandparents.
Burns finished up the Steelers rookie minicamp last week and will start minicamp later this month. The faster he can learn that playbook the faster he can find himself on the field this fall.
Bob Labriola reminds us that the Tampa-2 defense that Steelers coach Mike Tomlin learned and then coached during his time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is obsolete in today’s NFL. The safety rules and the evolution of the game makes the defense ineffective today.
Still, that doesn’t mean that Tomlin and defensive backs coach Carnell Lake can’t incorporate elements of the defense into the Steelers’ defensive scheme. Something Artie Burns will definitely be working on learning this summer.
Tips from Ike
Former Steelers cornerback and current NFL Network analyst Ike Taylor has some tips for the Steelers rookies this year. His tips include giving directions to help them navigate going from downtown Pittsburgh to the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side.
He also suggests the rookies give Primanti Bros. a try and to make sure they come prepared, even suggesting they come in early and stay late. He advises the rookies to hang around veterans like Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell and William Gay to learn from. He also encourages them to say hello to Steelers chairman Dan Rooney. Taylor and Rooney have a unique and close relationship.