3 players trending down early at Pittsburgh Steelers training camp

Kalen Ballage #29 of the Pittsburgh Steelers rushes against Justin Layne #31. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Kalen Ballage #29 of the Pittsburgh Steelers rushes against Justin Layne #31. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /
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It’s still very early in the process, but these three players haven’t had a good start to Pittsburgh Steelers training camp in 2021. 

Everyone wants to talk about the players who are performing well at Steelers training camp, and I don’t blame them. It’s simply more fun. However, I think it’s equally important to shed light on the players who are off to noticeably poor starts so that fans can get a clear picture of what’s going on during practice.

We are still very early in the training camp process and Pittsburgh hasn’t even played their first preseason game yet. These three players will have ample time to turn things around, but my initial impression of them at Steelers training camp has not been good:

OT Dan Moore Jr.

If you watched any Dan Moore tape from his time at Texas A&M, then you already knew that he was going to be a bit of a project. Moore gets props for facing some really tough SEC competition at the left tackle position, but his performances were very inconsistent in college and his technique was often an issue.

During the first day of Steelers training camp open to the public at Heinz Field, Moore was perhaps the most humiliated player in uniform, as he continually made Alex Highsmith look like Von Miller. This is no slight against Highsmith at all (who has been my top stand-out player so far, by the way), but there were reps where Moore couldn’t even get his hands on the second-year pass rusher.

In addition, Dan Moore didn’t hold up well against the run, and he was beaten badly on several plays during team sessions. Fortunately, there is time to turn things around. With very good size and great athletic traits, Moore could still be a good developmental tackle, but anyone thinking he is going to compete for a starting job in his first season might want to put that idea to rest for now.