Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 Training Camp Preview: Special Teams

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Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 Training Camp Preview: Special Teams
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Oftentimes, special teams is a forgotten phase of the game. That won’t be the case for the Pittsburgh Steelers after a disappointing performance in this area last season.

In a stunning move, Mike Tomlin relieved Al Everest of his duties and promoted Amos Jones to special teams assistant. Now that he has joined the Arizona Cardinals, it is up to new special teams coordinator Danny Smith to bolster this phase of the game.

In his annual special teams rankings, Rick Gosselin of the Dallas News ranked Pittsburgh’s special teams 22nd in the league while Football Outsiders ranked them 17th.

Improving the return game and eliminating mindless penalties will be two of Smith’s priorities. It will also be an opportunity for rookies to prove themselves and make the final roster.

Here’s what to look for when watching the special teams come training camp.

 

Note: All stats via NFL.com and ESPN.com.

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