The sample size is finally large enough to start making judgments about which Steelers are having the best training camps so far.
This has not been a typical Steelers training camp. Coach Mike Tomlin may insist the changes have nothing to do with last year’s 8-8 record, though wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders seems to disagree.
Training camp has reflected this anger. Practices are running longer, there is an unprecedented amount of live contact and a few rookies are making serious cases for starting jobs.
I like the energy and enthusiasm. The guys are really getting into the rhythm of this thing and we are seeing the results of it. They are developing the skill that is going to be required of us to be good, and generally from an effort standpoint, they are doing a nice job of fighting through.
As Tomlin puts his players through the preseason gauntlet, a few are beginning to emerge as potential stars for the 2013 season. There are the usual suspects, newbies making their presences known and a couple of nice surprises.
These are the guys who are making the most compelling cases for Tomlin’s trust come the regular season.