Guess what, people. It’s coaching camp time. And which means it’s time for coaching camp questions. For the primary time since 2019, the Pittsburgh Steelers are literally again at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe after having been pressured to stay in Pittsburgh, the place they held their previous two coaching camps inside the Field Formerly Known as Heinz.
Even although the Steelers are again on very acquainted floor, extra particularly on that of Chuck Noll Field, it is a coaching camp that’s unusually filled with certainty. After all, they haven’t had a real quarterback battle in a few a long time, however they’ve one now with Mitch Trubisky, Kenny Pickett, and Mason Rudolph.
We’ve obtained one more new offensive line, with some incoming veterans in James Daniels and Mason Cole. Myles Jack is in at inside linebacker, changing Joe Schobert, and we’ll need to see if Devin Bush can return to kind after final 12 months’s dismal show.
There’s nonetheless a lot happening, and coaching camp will solely create extra questions as we go alongside, even because it begins to supply some solutions. We’ll be masking them right here every day for the group to “talk amongst yourselves”, as Linda Richman may say on Coffee Talk.
Question: Who are you most trying ahead to seeing in pads?
The Steelers will put the pads on as we speak for the primary time for the reason that finish of final season. Now, it gained’t fairly be the identical as a recreation inside a stadium, in fact, however Mike Tomlin’s padded practices are as bodily as any group’s within the league, conducting full-contact, tackling scrimmage classes, so we are actually comfortably getting into the ‘football’ portion of the offseason.
It’s actually an thrilling day for followers to be in attendance, with the primary padded follow sometimes that includes the ever-popular backs-on-backers drill, and padded ‘seven shots’ scrimmages at all times have the specter of enjoyable as effectively.
But going from shirts and helmets to full pads is an enormous transition, and completely different gamers—in addition to positions—translate to that in a different way. So the query is, who’re you most trying ahead to seeing in pads, as the following step within the analysis course of?
For me, if there’s anyone that I’m most, it’d very effectively be Dan Moore Jr., the Steelers’ second-year left deal with. If he could make a sizeable soar from his rookie season, that might go a great distance towards solidifying this offensive line.
Taking it from one other angle, I’d additionally wish to see if Calvin Austin III’s velocity and elusiveness can translate with pads. The small rookie large receiver has impressed together with his potential to maneuver round on the sphere, however doing so with pads on, at his measurement, with elevated defensive contact, is a crucial subsequent step in evaluating his recreation.
So these are a few mine. Who are yours?