It's just 23 days away.
Training camp is getting closer; can you feel it? And it won’t be long thereafter that we’ll see some preseason games. Soon we’ll see how the Steelers fared on draft day. Of course, the full result won’t be known for a few years, but an idea about potential can begin to form.
I want to see how (DL) Ziggy Hood does with pads on. Stick him in there on 3-man and 4-man fronts. Inside, outside, can he stand up to an NFL offensive line?
And that begs the question, “Will the Steelers field an NFL offensive line?” Ha ha. You’re right, that’s actually not funny.
Maybe draftee (OL) Kraig Urbik will have something to say about that. We’ll find out in camp.
I want to see (WR) Mike Wallace return some kicks. And as a wide out can he get open down field against his old friend, (CB) Keenan Lewis?
Perhaps (CB) Joe Burnett will make a statement on punt returns and kick returns. Does he want the job more than Wallace? We’ll find out in camp.
And I’m dying to see (RB/FB) Frank Summers during the goal line drills. Oh man, somebody could get hurt!
Does anyone think (DL) Ra’Shon Harris might be looking at Ziggy Hood and wondering, “What’s he have that I don’t? Eff the practice squad, I wanna dress on Sundays!” Go ahead, Ra’Shon, make it hard on the coaches, they love having problems like that.
Is (TE) David Johnson the next late rounder fated for the scrap heap? Does he have a chance at the practice squad or even better? Perhaps he wants Heath Miller’s job! Better show us something in camp, David.
And, finally, there’s PSU (C) A.Q. Shipley. I’m rooting for this guy, the underdog, the undersized 7th rounder who’s arms are too short for the NFL. Oh, you know he’s just dying to prove somebody wrong. Watch out defenders, I’m guessing this guy may play a little after the whistle. Yeah, baby!
I don’t want to wish my life away, but camp cannot get here soon enough. Gotta see what those new kids on the block can do for our Steelers.