With the primary coaching camp observe within the books for the Pittsburgh Steelers, many followers and media members alike will attempt to spin sure narratives to make conclusions on what the ultimate roster/depth chart could appear like for Week 1 based mostly on the staff’s first motion of the 2022 season whereas collaborating with out pads on. Reports about Mitch Trubisky having a “sizeable lead” on Kenny Pickett could come off as if the rookie doesn’t have an opportunity to win the beginning job when actually the QB competitors continues to be alive and nicely and certain will stay open till the tip of the ultimate preseason recreation.
While going by means of Alex Kozora’s extraordinarily thorough coaching camp diary report from the primary observe in Latrobe at Saint Vincent College, one seemingly minor observe caught out to me and was reiterated by each Alex and Dave Bryan on the coaching camp recap episode of The Terrible Podcast:
Quick particular groups session notes. Tre Norwood ran first-team upback, a job held by Marcus Allen final 12 months. Instead, Allen labored as a wing. Jaylen Warren backup upback. Mataeo Durant additionally noticed time as the proper wing.
The large piece of reports to take from this tidbit of knowledge is Tre Norwood’s involvement as the primary staff upback. So typically Dave and Alex have pointed to Marcus Allen’s roster spot hinging on his particular groups worth to ST Coordinator Danny Smith, particularly because the staff’s upback. It ought to be famous that this is only one observe, and if Allen is again because the staff’s beginning upback this week, this hypothesis might be all for naught. Still, ought to Danny Smith and the Steelers be grooming Norwood or UDFA Jaylen Warren for that essential particular groups spot, Allen might be seen as expendable.
It’s not that Marcus Allen is an entire zero as a defender, being a LB/S hybrid that primarily performs within the field. However, given the truth that he’s solely signed by means of 2022 and has the likes of Buddy Johnson, Ulysees Gilbert III, and rookie Mark Robinson all competing with him for the 4/fifth ILB spot on the depth chart, it’s believable that Pittsburgh might be on the skin wanting in than vie versa.
Remember, there’s loads of coaching camp and preseason motion but to happen, so issues will change fluidly. However, I shall be maintaining a detailed eye on Kozora’s observe experiences to see if this pattern continues on the upback spot on particular groups and monitor Allen’s involvement in staff protection classes, and I encourage you to do the identical.