Pittsburgh Steelers: 6 Players with the Most to Prove in Training Camp
It is great to have actual football to talk about again with the Pittsburgh Steelers starting training camp this week.
Every year, it is exciting to watch the rookies and veterans come in and begin to work towards another Super Bowl.
No matter what, every year, every player has to prove himself. Here are six players with the most to prove in camp this season.
Willie Colon, G
Fans have been saying for years that the Steelers should switch Willie Colon to guard. This season, we will finally see if we knew what we were talking about.
Colon has missed the last two seasons due to injury, and he needs to stay on the field and earn that big contract the Steelers gave him.
The Steelers could potentially have a great offensive line if Colon adjusts well to guard and is actually healthy for a full season.
Keenan Lewis, CB
Keenan Lewis played pretty well last season. Going into this year, he is expected to be the starter opposite Ike Taylor.
Lewis has been very confident. He even predicted that he would make the Pro Bowl after this season, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The only problem with that prediction is that Lewis isn’t even guaranteed to keep that starting job out of camp, as Cortez Allen is hot on his heels.
Mike Adams, OT
At one point, Mike Adams was considered to be a first-round pick before falling to the Steelers at the end of the second round.
Ever since he was drafted, Adams has been projected to be the starting LT for the Steelers when the season starts.
Max Starks being re-signed gives the Steelers a good backup plan. However, it is still expected that Adams will win the job.
The Running Back Position
Rashard Mendenhall will miss at least part of the season, which leaves the Steelers with Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer, Baron Batch, Chris Rainey and John Clay.
Redman has only started two games in his career, Dwyer hasn’t been healthy, Clay has almost zero experience, Batch is coming off of an injury and Rainey is a rookie.
The Steelers may not be running the ball as much, but they need to be running effectively. The entire running back position has something to prove.
The Receiver Position
The Steelers potentially have the best receiving core in the league with Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery.
I am a huge Antonio Brown fan. However, he needs to prove that he can sustain his play from last season. And Sanders needs to stay healthy.
Behind these four, though, the Steelers don’t really have anyone, and the team needs someone to step up in camp.
Steve McLendon, NT
Casey Hampton may start the season on the PUP list, which leaves the Steelers basically with Steve McLendon and Alameda Ta’amu at NT.
Ta’amu is the future at the position for the Steelers. However, McLendon has a great shot at being the starter when the season begins.
McLendon needs a good camp to prove that the Steelers can trust him as the starter. Otherwise, he’ll be overtaken by Ta’amu sooner rather than later.