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What should we expect from Jack Bicknell Jr.?
The Steelers hired Bicknell Jr. from the Kansas City Chiefs. He will be put in charge of developing their young offensive line.
From what he told Steelers.com, Bicknell first and foremost wants an offensive line that can move. He takes pride in the team’s rushing stats, as well as protecting the quarterback.
Of interest to most people is Bicknell’s scheme. Traditionally, the Steelers have been a man-blocking team, but there has been a lot of talk that they will move to a zone-blocking team since that is what Bicknell ran in Kansas City.
Expect there to be a combination of philosophies as he adapts to the running backs in the backfield.
Is Mike Adams healthy?
Mike Adams was stabbed early in the morning on June 1. Though he was expected to make a full recovery, he missed a significant amount of time just prior to the start of training camp.
We will have to wait and see how well he recovered and what type of physical condition he is to begin camp. Though he may be “healthy,” he may not be ready for the rigors of training camp.
If this is the case, expect him to be doing sprints on the sidelines to get himself back into shape while his teammates practice.
Who will be the backup at center?
Beachum is the most talented reserve, but having him learn all five line positions is a bit of concern in my mind. I would rather see Beachum perfect his game at guard and tackle before playing center.
Malecki would be my top choice, but he has to prove that he can snap the ball and meet all of the responsibilities of a center.
That leaves Madsen, who is a bit of a long shot, but he also has an advantage given his vast experience at the position. This will be an interesting battle to watch.
Will the offensive line live up to expectations?
The talent is in place; now the offensive line needs to go out and perform. The line struggled to find a rhythm last season given all of the injuries, so staying healthy will be the key to success this year.
Having a starting five set before camp and keeping them healthy and on the field will be huge to their development. Without this, they will not be able to come together as a cohesive unit and could once again struggle.