I don’t need to lean an excessive amount of on the phrase it’s early an excessive amount of longer, we’re nicely over per week into camp, however there’s an extended methods to go. The Pittsburgh Steelers have but to play their first preseason sport and the ultimate roster spots are removed from being determined. But in the course of this longest stretch of camp, six straight practices that finish immediately, I needed to take a step again at and discuss my favourite gamers – the camp darlings. The guys on the again finish of the roster working onerous and turning heads. Here’s three guys who aren’t getting loads of buzz however quietly having tremendous begins to the summer season.
WR Tyler Vaughns – It’s a deep receiver room with the concentrate on the 2 draft picks, George Pickens and Calvin Austin III, together with the information of Diontae Johnson’s new contract. Truth be advised, Vaughns is preventing for a observe squad spot, not the 53. But for a man who didn’t take a look at nicely popping out of USC, a 4.69 40 (at his Pro Day, no much less), 31.5 inch vertical, and seven.15 three cone, he’s a fluid route runner with short-area quickness that’s impressed WRs Coach Frisman Jackson. Over the 4 padded practices, Vaughn has 5 receptions for 55 yards in group drills. The receptions are tied for the third most over that span whereas his yards rank second amongst all Steelers, solely trailing Calvin Austin III.
He’s tracked the ball nicely within the air and shows plus physique management to excessive level and pluck the ball away from his physique. He’s received measurement and largely labored on the skin with a little bit of return worth, together with a punt return landing in school. Even with an harm or two, Vaughns’ path to the 53 is slender however he’s setting himself as much as stay on the group’s observe squad as long as he can carry over what he’s doing now by means of the remainder of the summer season.
OLB Delontae Scott – There’s nonetheless a hearty battle for the backup cross rush spots behind T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith. Genard Avery, Derrek Tuszka have labored as the highest backups whereas Tuzar Skipper is making an attempt to recapture the magic he had in his first time with the group. Scott has achieved essentially the most forgotten a part of camp – stack good days. Anyone may be good for a day. Sustaining is what will get you on a roster. Scott’s been wonderful for the reason that pads have come on as a cross rusher and run defender, working off blocks, making performs at or behind the road of scrimmage, education Zach Gentry in backs on ‘backers, and batting down passes on his way to the QB. I’m nonetheless undecided if he’s going to make the 53, it’s nonetheless a aggressive battle and the group has been stable, together with UDFA T.D. Moultry, however Scott has constantly been sturdy this week. Having a full offseason versus catching the shifting prepare, signed final September, has definitely helped.
ILB Mark Robinson – Thank to his seventh spherical choice, Robinson is an even bigger identify than the opposite two on this checklist. But he was nonetheless considered outside-looking-in heading into the summer season. He’s nonetheless on the bubble due to how extremely aggressive the within linebacker room has been however Robinson has flashed since Day One. He’s appeared extra comfy shifting backwards in protection and has proven he could make performs on the ball, pondering like a decent finish or working again working choice routes over the center. He has the quick-change-of-direction potential good runners should possess and he can sink and drive his hips to successfully break on the ball.
He’s stuffed his hole nicely in run classes taking part in with power and depth however not being overaggressive and reckless. The ILB battle will likely be one of many fiercest and possibly received’t be determined till the ultimate hour, although Marcus Allen’s most likely hoping for that hamstring harm to heal quickly. Unfortunately, he’s most likely nonetheless not less than per week away from returning and should not play within the first preseason sport.