5 Steelers players with more to prove in next preseason game

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver George Pickens (14)
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Kendrick Green is losing his steam with the Steelers

While the first two names on this list have the opportunity to better their roster spots and roles, Kendrick Green is another story. This offseason was shaping itself up to be one of redemption for Green in Pittsburgh. There was a chance that he would become a viable member of the offense.

It started early on, as Green was taking snaps as the backup center early in training camp for this team. Reports were that he looked more comfortable and capable in that reserve role. Add in the obvious need for a backup center and there was a real case to be made for Green cementing himself as a top backup.

Then, the fun really began, as Green was being used as an oversized fullback. That idea had always been brought up since Green was drafted, but the Steelers never pulled the trigger. During their Friday Night Lights practice, Green was working as a lead blocker and has since been used there sparingly. Important to note, he didn’t receive any work at fullback against Tampa Bay.

He did get snaps at center though, and it was the same old story as before. Green was lacking technique and was constantly beaten by defenders. Add in the penalties and there was nothing to be thrilled about for Green’s first game of this season.

Green isn’t only playing for the backup job right now, but he is playing for his Steelers career. There hasn’t been a clear backup option at center shine yet, and Green may have to permanently make the move to fullback to prolong his career. If he wants any shot at making this roster though, he will need a good second preseason game.