Good Tuesday to you Steelers fans.
After a day off the Pittsburgh Steelers will not only return to practice but for the first time in Training Camp they’ll be at Heinz Field. This does of course also mean the men will be wearing full pads and this as they say, is separates the “men from the boys.” We hear it often at the pee wee or high school levels. When the pads come on, players begin to put themselves into different categories. This is also true at the NFL level. I know what you’re thinking. “You made it to the NFL but there are still questions about your toughness or aggressiveness?” The answer is “hell yes.” Take for example Deion Sanders. The Hall of Famer was notorious for avoiding contact but his skills as a cover man and return man were so off the charts that teams were willing to live with missed tackles. There are few, very few players today who can get away with such things. Now flip that around to players who are the cut line. If you aren’t willing to hit… if you aren’t willing to tackle… if you aren’t able to take a hit and take the pounding then you’re at a distinct disadvantage when Mike Tomlin is making cuts. So while we will all enjoy seeing the guys back on the field at Heinz and in full pads we must also remember that there is a lot more at stake too.
The Ship Has Sailed
You’ve no doubt been keeping tabs on the drama in Green Bay with Aaron Rodgers and it looks like it is finally going to be settled as the reigning MVP arrived there last night. We are in a very dangerous and precarious position these days when it comes to quarterbacks and how much power teams are willing to let them have. What we have to understand is that the ship keeping them somewhat under wraps has sailed. The money that QBs are now making has given them tremendous power. Whether they wield that to move on to another team, force a new contract or make the organization release and obtain players they want or don’t want, the QBs are as close to unlimited power as any time I can remember. Take a look at the the concessions made for Rodgers and you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about.
Tweet of the Day… This is really all you need to know.
The Steelers aren't going to get Watson. #ThatsItThatsTheTweet
— Jon (@JSCham85) July 26, 2021
And I don’t mean “down low….” I’m talking about the defensive line today. There is no question that the Steelers’ front three of Cam Heyward, Stephon Tuitt and Tyson Alualu is one of the more formidable in the NFL. It is unfortunately also one of the oldest. One could argue that Tuitt, who is the youngest at 28, had the best season of the three last year and you wouldn’t hear too many complaints. With both Heyward and Alualu into their 30’s now the younger guys have to start stepping up. Rookie Isaiahh Loudermilk may have been a third day selection but the Steelers traded to get him which adds a little more pressure for him. Not only does he need to make the roster but he also has to perform when called on too. Same goes for Chris Wormley who came over in a trade from Baltimore prior to last season. He admittedly struggled in his first season in Pittsburgh and knows he needs to step it up. It would be easy to say (because we can say it about any position) that health needs to be paramount for this group.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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