Buddy Johnson needs to take advantage of an open LB spot
A fourth-round pick from last year’s draft class, Buddy Johnson has the size and speed that you want in a linebacker. He showed off some good run defense while in school and had the traits to develop into a capable coverage linebacker. His instincts were raw though, and while his draft status earned him a roster spot last season, he won’t have that luxury this year.
To make matters worse for Johnson, he is entering an extremely crowded linebacker room that makes him far from a roster lock. Other names have been impressive, mainly rookie linebacker Mark Robinson and Robert Spillane. While Johnson can still earn a roster spot, he will be competing with some established special teams players that may earn the nod over him.
Many people were expecting Johnson to make a second-year leap starting camp, but he has yet to show much promise. While there is still plenty of time for him to turn things around, the rest of the roster is moving in front of him. He has been a non-factor for the most part, and if he continues to not pop out on tape, he likely won’t make the final roster.
The Steelers have had quite a few pleasant surprises come out of training camp so far, but these four players have seemingly disappeared. While there is still plenty of time for these players to turn things around, the early returns have not been promising for these players.