While most followers might have already written him off as sunk value, the Pittsburgh Steelers are nonetheless trudging forward with Kendrick Green, their third-round draft choose whom they began at heart for a lot of the place—out of place, actually, contemplating that he spent all however 4 video games in school at guard.
Though the Steelers signed two new starters for the inside offensive line through free company, together with heart Mason Cole, Green continues to be competing for a beginning job with Kevin Dotson at left guard, the latter coming off a 12 months by which he missed the second half of the season on account of damage.
Especially in hindsight, it’s clear that Green was in over his head final 12 months, not only for being requested to play heart, the place he was considerably much less comfy, but in addition simply being requested to have a full-time beginning position instantly. Former Steelers offensive lineman Max Starks believes there may be higher but to come back from him.
“You still have Kendrick Green. I think Kendrick Green could still definitely figure into this offense”, he lately advised Lance Medow on the Movin’ the Chains present on SiriusXM Radio in discussing the Steelers’ offseason, explaining why he doesn’t consider the signings of James Daniels and Cole have been the most important transfer the group made this offseason.
“I would love to see him at guard because I think his tenacity and his skill and technique is best suited for the guard position”, he went on. “It was tough, kind of out of water, trying to get him into center shape with Ben Roethlisberger, but I think as an interior guy, Kendrick Green can still be very effective”.
Now, there have been lots of people who weren’t pleased with the Steelers drafting Green even earlier than they heard that he can be taking part in heart, and never guard. He is undersized, and we noticed him spend a superb period of time on his again wanting up on the sky even when he was nonetheless taking part in in school—at guard. How is that going to alter within the NFL?
Well, gamers do proceed to develop once they stand up to the skilled degree. Can offensive line coach Pat Meyer get extra out of him, at a place by which he’s extra comfy, than the Steelers did final 12 months? Has he caught up with the psychological facets of the sport sufficient the place issues have slowed down?