7 Steelers training camp battles that are heating up in 2021
By Andrew Falce
Kendrick Green vs B.J. Finney
For some reason, many Steelers fans don’t even see this as much of a training camp battle. Kendrick Green is the top offensive lineman that the team drafted at a position of major need so naturally he will be inserted right into the starting lineup. There is an argument to be made there, as Green’s physical nature and impressive athleticism should lead to him starting down the road.
The issue is, Green wasn’t exactly a top pick for the Steelers, as he joined the team in the middle of the third round. On top of this, Green mostly played guard at Illinois, meaning that he will need to successfully make the transition to center during camp this year. That is certainly a tall task, so simply penciling him in as the starter makes little sense.
While many have shrugged off B.J. Finney, remember just how well he played as a reserve before signing a sizable contract last offseason with the Seahawks. While he didn’t pan out, that doesn’t mean he can’t turn it around with the Steelers this season. Long-term this is Green’s spot, but don’t be surprised to see Finney on the field early this season. Green needs some time to make that switch feel more natural for him, so the Steelers may turn to Finney while he develops.