Pittsburgh Steelers training camp is already upon us. Here are four players that all eyes must be on this summer.
Steelers training camp has officially started and eager fans are anxiously awaiting practices that will be upon to the public at Heinz Feild starting on July 28th. For those who don’t live close enough to Pittsburgh or aren’t able to make the trip to see their team at training camp this year, they will no doubt be refreshing their social media accounts (and hopefully StillCurtain.com) for the latest news and updates at camp.
Every year, the goal for this team is a Super Bowl. However, this season is particularly huge for the Steelers, as it could mark the very last opportunity for Pittsburgh to win a Lombardy Trophy in the Ben Roethlisberger era.
There are going to be 90 players in all for fans to watch at Steelers training camp (though the team will cut down to 53 by the start of the season). While we obviously want to see everyone improving, here are four players that all fans must have their eyes on at camp this year:
C Kendrick Green
Of all the questions entering Steelers training camp, this is one of the most interesting to me: where does rookie center Kendrick Green fall on the depth chart? While many are quick to label him as the starting center, I have my reserves about whether or not Pittsburgh will view him that way from the gate. This is probably why it took him until just before camp to officially sign his rookie contract.
Competing with him for the starting gig are J.C. Hassenauer and B.J. Finney. Though Finney is also capable of backing up either guard position in the event of an injury, it’s possible that one of these two could be the starter to begin the year, while the other isn’t guaranteed to make the final cut.
I have high hopes for Green after doing a deep dive into his game film. Though he will oftentimes be smaller than the player lined up across from him on defense, the compact center still has impressive power. I’m interested to see if he can stand his ground against established defenders like Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt, or Tyson Alualu at Steelers training camp.