Steelers storyline #2
The Steelers suffered through some of the worst line play on both sides of the ball in recent history. While some of it was due to injury, other aspects of the line play came down to the team simply not adding to the roster much in the previous offseason. There has been a different strategy this offseason, and training camp will be a telling time if any of it worked.
Starting with the defensive line, this unit, on paper, should be top-notch. It is never easy to overcome losing two starters like the team did last season, but the reserves flashed in limited play. Chris Wormley stepped up in a major way while Isaiahh Loudermilk looked stout as a rookie. With Tyson Alualu back and DeMarvin Leal and Larry Ogunjobi added, this group should be in better shape than a year ago.
The offensive line is a different story. After famously not addressing it much the year before, the Steelers paid for their mistake. The offensive line was a poor unit all around. While the play can’t be any worse than last year, this unit has to find a way to play at least average. Mason Cole and James Daniels should help that, but will it be enough?
While the defensive line is far more secure than the offensive one, both are still big question marks heading into the season. Camp will be a telling time for the units as there are starting roles up for grabs and the depth chart is far from set. Each group should be better than last year’s squad, but each group will also have to answer how much better they are.