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I'm interested in seeing what Dunn can do with the kickoff returns. I'd love to see him have a Devin Hester like effect.
WEDNESDAY, 07 AUGUST 2013 WRITTEN BY ED BOUCHETTE
As the Wizard might say, pay no attention to that man behind the Steel Curtain depth chart. In normal times, it’s not precise, right now, it means less.
For years, Mike Tomlin would list Ike Taylor as his starting left cornerback and when they took the field for practice or games, Taylor would line up at right cornerback, unless his assignment that game was to cover a certain receiver wherever he lined up.
This week’s press release has, for example, Le’Veon Bell as the No. 5 running back. He will be No. 1 by Sept. 8, when they open for real against Tennessee. It also lists Matt Spaeth as the No. 1 tight end. David Paulson will have that role and probably has that job right now.
Al Woods, who has been working at nose tackle, is not listed there at all but rather as the backup defensive end.
Even though they have Bell listed behind all the veterans at running back, they did not give the veterans preference like that in other places. Jarvis Jones, for example, is listed as second-team right outside linebacker behind starter Jason Worilds, while second-year veteran Adrian Robinson is listed as No. 3.
Sometimes, Mike Tomlin tries to send a message with his public depth chart, such as last season when he listed both Mike Wallace/ Emmanuel Sanders at one starting wide receiver spot before their Dec. 2 game at Baltimore. The media dutifully jumped all over that.
That was one of the few times in which it truly was worth paying attention to the depth chart. But not today.