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 28th.
Getting after it
Steelers offensive coordinator sat down with Missi Matthews and discussed what he hopes to accomplish for OTAs, what he expects to see out of the rookies, and how the offense can move on without a player like Heath Miller.
Haley explained that the first thing coaches notice from the players when they arrive at OTAs is what kind of shape they are in. Rookie may show up thinking they are in good shape but they soon realize that NFL-shape is a whole other level.
The OTAs and mini-camps is what Haley uses to set the framework for the offense they will install in training camp in Latrobe. You can watch Haley’s entire 1-on-1 right here.
Burns got burned
During the pre-draft visits and evaluation, it was noted that one thing Steelers GM was looking for in a cornerback was one who could cover Antonio Brown. First round draft pick Artie Burns finally got his chance to cover Brown in practice and got scored on according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
Burns can’t get a better crash course into how to be a top-level cornerback in the NFL than having to go up against Antonio Brown repeatedly. I think the competition in the remaining OTAs and later this summer at training camp is going to be fun to watch.
Dancing in the endzone
With Antonio Brown’s new dance moves and a healthier and slimmer Ben Roethlisberger the Trib’s Mark Kaboly thinks that Brown has a legit shot to be the first player in NFL history to surpass 2,000 receiving yards in a season.
Kaboly reminds us that Brown came within 166 yards last season and that was with Roethlisberger for only eleven games. Brown has already gathered more receiving yards in the last three seasons than any other receiver has in any other three-year stretch in NFL history.
Brown has 375 receptions for 5,031 yards from 2013-15. If he gets 2,000 yards this season that’s more than 7,000 yards in four seasons. Impressive.