The Pittsburgh Steelers were back on the field Thursday as training camp officially got underway, and everyone seems excited to be back at Saint Vincent for another year.
“It’s great to be back,” said defensive end Brett Keisel. “Back here in Latrobe. Back to work is great.”
Maybe even more excited than the players is head coach Mike Tomlin.
“I love football, I love the process of team building, I love training camp. I’m glad those things are underway,” said Tomlin after the first day of camp.
As with most years, the Steelers are a veteran-laden team with very few holes in the starting lineup.
All 11 starters are returning to the defense after it was announced that Ike Taylor came to terms on a contract.
Even considering these losses, the Steelers were without Starks for much of last season due to his injured neck, and Spaeth was the second tight end in Pittsburgh’s two tight end set.
That doesn’t mean there will not be any competition, as young players as well as veterans will be vying for key roles as starters along the offensive line or backups, while others will hope to just make the roster.
The competition in camp is one of the key components to meeting Tomlin’s expectations.
“My goal when I check into training camp is almost the same every year—to leave as a unified, hardened team that’s ready to compete for a world championship.”