Pittsburgh has an up and comer poised to break out at running back, but has big question marks regarding the most important position on the team, quarterback.
Rashard Mendenhall had a strong season last year, rushing for over 1,100 yards in only 12 starts, and is in position to have an even bigger year this season.
For the first time in his career, Mendenhall will be the primary back without a true second option to take carries away from him. He will have to step to the plate as the Steelers look to run the ball more effectively.
If Mendenhall isn’t capable of running in short yardage situations, second year player Isaac Redman and rookie Jonathan Dwyer are two players that could step up to the challenge.
At quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger will be out for at least the first four weeks of the season, but is permitted to participate in training camp.
Byron Leftwich will likely continue to get the majority of the first team snaps as he did during the OTA’s, but Dennis Dixon will provide a challenger for the starter role.
The quarterback situation will be one of the most fascinating aspects of camp even though the depth chart is unlikely to change prior to the season opener.