With training camp just around the corner for the Steelers, here are four Steelers that could become camp stars.
Training camp is one of the most exciting times in the league, as a slew of unknown and unproven players get a chance to showcase their skills. Usually, teams will have a handful of players look great in shorts and thus gain some buzz in camp. These players don’t always pan out (I’m looking at you Justin Hunter), but sometimes these stars in camp translate into active roles on the roster. Here are four Steelers that may become training camp stars.
The Steelers have some major question marks at their running back position once you get past Najee Harris on the depth chart. While he is the unquestioned bell-cow back, he has no one behind him to step in if he were injured or even to give him some snaps off. A name that could step up is Mataeo Durant whom the Steelers added as an undrafted free agent this offseason.
Durant is a different style of back than what the Steelers usually rely on. He is on the slenderer side of things, but that helps with his speed on the field. Add in his ability to catch passes out of the backfield and you have a relatively complete back on paper. He doesn’t create much on his own, but he can be dangerous in open space.
The Steelers are lacking a back like that. Harris and even Benny Snell are both your traditional power backs while Anthony McFarland, a similar player to Durant, has failed to carve out a role. If Durant can provide some splash in camp and during the preseason, he could easily latch on with this offense. At the very least, his speed should make him a player to watch during training camp.