5 players rapidly trending up at Steelers training camp
By Tommy Jaggi
Pittsburgh has yet to play their first preseason game in 2021, but here are five players who are rapidly trending up at Steelers training camp.
The Pittsburgh Steelers began kicked off their training camp at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, but their first practice wasn’t open to the public until July 28th. While many positional outlooks remained cloudy for much of the offseason, we have recently gotten some incredible insight as to how things are shaping up early in training camp.
Over the past two days of practice at Heinz Field, there have been a number of players who noticeably stood out in addition to those who are off to a rocky start. However, these five young players are rapidly trending up at Steelers training camp this year:
TE Zach Gentry
Almost all of the talk surrounding the tight-end position has been centered around Pat Freiermuth – and rightfully so, as the second-round rookie has stolen the spotlight with Eric Ebron limited. While most who have been following along closely have already heard about how well Freiermuth is doing, I thought I would shed some light on Zach Gentry’s progress.
Gentry, a former 5th round pick in 2019, did very little in his first two NFL seasons. He has dressed for just 6 career games and has one career reception for 4 yards, according to Pro Football Reference. However, the big tight end appears to be the clear frontrunner to lock down the third tight end position this year.
Using his massive 6’8”, 265-pound frame, Gentry has been able to easily box out linebackers and safeties and has been quite impressive making plays down the seam. Though he struggled in his first two training camps, it seems like the former Michigan quarterback convert is truly making strides this year and has a big leg up on fellow tight ends Kevin Rader and Dax Raymond.