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 Saturday, May 21st.
The Steelers open OTAs this week so why not project the starters for the 2016 season? Around the NFL projects the expected cast of characters on offense for the Steelers with Ladarius Green starting at tight end for the retired Heath Miller and Markus Wheaton and Sammie Coates rounding out the receiving corps.
On defense Daniel McCullers is the projected defensive tackle starter although there is belief that third-round pick Javon Hargrave could steal that job with a good camp and preseason. In the secondary the projecting starting corners are William Gay and Ross Cockrell.
So all Artie Burns or Senquez Golson has to do is outperform Cockrell in camp and preseason and they’ll be on the field for Week 1. Don’t forget that the Steelers play a great deal of nickel defense, which would bring another defensive back on the field.
Next level technology
The Steelers are practicing with robots. Perhaps they couldn’t get anyone to cover Antonio Brown after all but according to Teresa Varley the Steelers are utilizing the Mobile Virtual Player (MVP), a robotic, remote-controlled operated dummy. It is technology developed out of Dartmouth College.
"Experimenting with a new technology has us thinking differently when we hear “MVP.”"
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin likes what he’s seen out of the robots already.
"“It’s an awesome piece of football technology. I am always interested in ways to utilize technology in terms of teaching football. We are excited to get a close look at it. The applications we are quickly finding are endless. It never gets tired. It runs at an appropriate football speed. All of the position groups are getting an opportunity to use it. It’s funny, you just put it on the field and watch the guys and they show you the applications. It’s been fun watching that.” – Mike Tomlin"
The Steelers announced on Friday morning that they have come to terms on a four-year contract with their second-round draft pick out of Maryland, safety Sean Davis. Davis could realistically be starting opposite of Mike Mitchell early on, beating out Robert Golden.
Davis is the fourth of the Steelers’ seven draft picks to sign, leaving Artie Burns, Javon Hargrave, and Jerald Hawkins still unsigned. What are you waiting for, guys?