Ignoring the truth that it’s comically early to make any form of statements like this, one would possibly say that rookie fourth-round draft choose Calvin Austin III was one of many stars of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ first coaching camp observe, though each rookie large receivers had their shining moments.
While Austin had an extended, blazing catch-and-run landing off of a display screen from Mason Rudolph, it was the general cumulative impact of seeing his pace translate—even in observe—on the NFL degree that was the largest takeaway.
Alex Kozora notes that if this had been a full-contact drill, he doesn’t consider Austin would have really scored on that play, however the Memphis alum would most likely disagree. “I got out, but I didn’t even put on the afterburners”, he informed reporters about his catch and run, in keeping with Teresa Varley for the group’s web site. “If somebody was closer, I had another gear or two for sure”.
While Austin’s pace was routinely obvious on his faculty tape, he affirmed that it’s actual with a blazing Combine 40-yard sprint time of 4.32 seconds. And that confirmed up higher on the sector than it did for Dri Archer again in 2014. Who really ran a 4.26, however by no means performed prefer it.
Of course, pads are a game-changer, and that’s the place Archer actually struggled to reap the benefits of his pace. Austin nonetheless has to point out that he can get that very same separation in a extra football-like context, particularly inside a stadium, however I’m not too apprehensive about that, personally. His pace is documented.
But there’s much more to being an NFL participant, and a large receiver, than being quick, and the rookie is aware of that. He’s very a lot within the studying course of, about methods to be knowledgeable, about methods to operate throughout the offense, in regards to the nuances of his craft—absolutely anything you possibly can consider.
“Every day for me is going to be important just learning”, Varley quotes him as saying, although he additionally expressed confidence that pace will all the time be an asset for him. “It’s important to show my speed any time I step on the field because that is one of the main factors of my game, something I have to continually show. It’s big, but at the same time is something I will be consistent with and hopefully will become the norm”.
He already confirmed it on day one, however there are nonetheless a number of extra hoops to leap via, and that’s with out even considering issues corresponding to really discovering alternatives for him to see enjoying time. After all, George Pickens is trying like the actual deal as effectively.
One factor, although, that’s by no means an issue is having too many gifted large receivers. The Steelers would like to be a minimum of four-deep by way of high quality if each Pickens and Austin can pan out, as they start the method of solidifying their depth chart.