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    Five Steelers Having The Best Camp Of Their Career

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    Five Steelers Having The Best Camp Of Their Career
    By Alex Kozora
    Posted on August 5, 2019 at 9:30 am


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    Five Steelers Having The Best Camp Of Their Career
    By Alex Kozora
    Posted on August 5, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Six practices remain in the Pittsburgh Steelers 2019 training camp but Sundays session wrapped up the longest stretch of work. Soon enough, with a game this week, the focus will rightfully move to the games and you wont care much about what happens during training camp. Now that we have a decent body of work of camp, here are five Steelers having the best camp Ive ever seen from them. This only applies to third year and older players, not sophomores making obvious jumps from Year One to Year Two.

    BJ Finney Ive learned not to be worried about Finney when he has a rocky camp because the product we see when he spot starts is pretty good. But in the past, hes been overpowered and overworked by guys like Javon Hargrave and Daniel McCullers, the latter simply being just too big and strong and the former equaling Finney in the leverage battle and running him backwards in team and one-on-one sessions. Last year, we have him a C+ camp grade and a C- in 2017, pointing to the struggles he has when hes covered up by nose tackles as opposed to being uncovered as a guard.

    But this year feels different. Im not sure what it is. If hes gotten stronger, playing with better technique and leverage, or simply gotten used to battling Hargrave and McCullers enough that hes adjusted. But hes doing a better job with his hands to re-punch when he does lose ground off the snap and has the ability to anchor and rebuff bull rushes. Linemen are admittedly hard to watch, especially interior guys like him, but its nice to say for once hes having a strong August.

    Matt Fileer Like any good linemen, his camp hasnt been loud but its been consistently excellent. Feiler possesses the combination of size and strength that makes him tough to go around and almost impossible to bull. His technique with his hands and his hips are top notch, never feeling out of control in the rush, even in the rare moment where he loses. And hes been able to show the versatility that helped him originally make the team, logging time at both guard spots in addition to right tackle.

    Not calling the battle with Chukwuma Okorafor over yet but its difficult to see him not starting come Week One.

    Daniel McCullers McCullers is dang near a lock to make the Steelers. How about them apples? Kudos to Big Dan for legitimately playing well and earning his roster spot, not making it by default. Hes played with increased physicality and tenacity and though I never considered him to be a lazy player, he seems to be straining to the end of plays now. In the past, hed lean on guys and sorta loaf. Safe to say DL coach Karl Dunbar has brought the best out of him. You can see the difference the right coaching makes, Dunbars personality meshing better with McCullers than John Mitchells ever did.

    Tyler Matakevich Its not been an overwhelmingly spectacular camp but a very good one for Dirty Red. His ability to take on blocks, disengage, and find the football have routinely been on display and overall, hes been a reliable tackler. Some of that lack of speed gets exposed in the one on one coverage drills but the team knows who he is by now. Credit to him for carving out a valuable niche role as a 7th rounder. I still dont want him within spitting distance of the defense though. But this camp has been good.

    Cam Sutton A clear winner of camp. One of my biggest issues with Sutton playing in the slot was his run defense. While hes still a guy with a wiry frame, his aggressiveness and tackling have really improved. Mike Tomlin has praised him repeatedly during practice for putting his face in the fan. In coverage, hes always around the ball, getting his hand in throwing lanes or capitalizing on tipped passes, like his interception early in camp.

    Hes been versatile, playing inside/out, and looks to have the inside track on dime packages, though the team may scale those back to more obvious pass situations. Last year, they used dime more often than any personnel grouping and would run it on any down & distance including bizarre situations like on the goal line versus multiple tight ends.

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    All of this sounds good as long as it continues to hold true in real games

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    Yeah; look great in the preseason games and then I'll start to take notice
    From the 2010-2018 season, (An 8 year period that the majority of Cowher's players & coaches had left) Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks. Our history has been defined by what we do in the postseason; not the regular season.

    My official proclamation: WE WILL NOT WIN ANOTHER SUPER BOWL WITH MIKE TOMLIN AS OUR HEAD COACH. SO WHY DELAY THE INEVITABLE?

    FIRE MIKE TOMLIN

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    TM is not a lock to make the team. And yes he has been better and I did speak with Alex about him n though he's inside looking out he could still go. Gilbert has shown some better coverage skills n M Allen in that hybrid roll is also a lot better dropping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron City Inc. View Post
    TM is not a lock to make the team. And yes he has been better and I did speak with Alex about him n though he's inside looking out he could still go. Gilbert has shown some better coverage skills n M Allen in that hybrid roll is also a lot better dropping.
    Dirty Red will make the team because he excels on special teams...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    Dirty Red will make the team because he excels on special teams...
    Agree. He may just be the 4th or 5th ILB, but he's something like second in special teams tackles in the league. He may not be an absolute lock to make the roster, but I would put the odds of him making the team at 90% or better.

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    Really surprised by McCullers' turn-around. There was a pretty large chorus singing to the Steelers to 'cut the dead wood' that McCullers was. Where is he on the depth chart?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthCoast View Post
    Really surprised by McCullers' turn-around. There was a pretty large chorus singing to the Steelers to 'cut the dead wood' that McCullers was. Where is he on the depth chart?
    Dan McCullers used more, shows versatility in 6th Steelers camp

    CHRIS ADAMSKI | Sunday, August 4, 2019

    Big Dan is no longer just the big man taking up space in the middle of the defense.

    In his sixth Pittsburgh Steelers training camp, Dan McCullers is being used more often and getting more reps than he typically did in his previous five. While his time at nose tackle gradually has decreased since he was drafted in the sixth round in 2013, McCullers seemingly is getting more reps than ever in the nickel defense at Saint Vincent.

    I am out in the nickel more, playing more, working on getting the plays down flat, McCullers said last week from training camp.

    (Defensive line coach Karl Dunbar) says, Youre doing well, and hes putting me in there more and letting me get more reps. So my thing is just keep doing good and getting as many reps as I can.

    McCullers was given a two-year deal from the Steelers soon after he entered free agency in March after a season when he played 111 defensive snaps (10.6% of the total). The previous two camps, McCullers barely saw reps, in part because they use the base defense less than one-third of the time and in part because Javon Hargrave has been very good as the starting nose tackle.

    But now McCullers is regularly in a second wave on the defensive line after Stephon Tuitt, Cameron Heyward and Hargrave and alongside the likes of Tyson Alualu.

    McCullers frequently serves as a tackle in the nickel along with Tuitt or Heyward.

    Big Dan, hes a phenomenal football player, Tuitt said. Hes a big guy, too. He can do some things naturally that a lot of other people cant do out here. For him to have this opportunity to showcase his skills more is a tremendous opportunity for him.

    McCullers playing in the nickel signifies the Steelers dont just view him as a space-eating run-stopper and think he can rush the passer.

    I would just say because I get a good push thats what they like the most, getting that push up the middle and making that quarterback move off his spot. If I keep doing that, hopefully they give me all the reps.

    https://triblive.com/sports/dan-mccu...steelers-camp/

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthCoast View Post
    Really surprised by McCullers' turn-around. There was a pretty large chorus singing to the Steelers to 'cut the dead wood' that McCullers was. Where is he on the depth chart?
    Big Dan has had a good camp n he has blown up Hassenauer and Morris at camp.He has not fared that well against the rookie Johnson who has had an excellent camp.Now he has improved but the first 2 are not going to make the club. He is inside looking out now, one of the 6 along the d line.
    Last edited by Iron City Inc.; 08-06-2019 at 06:52 AM.

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    Jeremy Fowler
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    The Steelers' initial depth chart reveals...

    -Ryan Switzer ahead of Eli Rogers at WR
    -Josh Dobbs listed as No. 2 QB despite good moments from Mason Rudolph at camp
    -Devin Bush a backup ILB but will play a lot.

    Steeler teams featuring stat-driven, me-first, fantasy-football-darling diva types such as Antonio Brown & Le'Veon Bell won no championships.

    Super Bowl winning Steeler teams were built around a dynamic, in-your-face defense plus blue-collar, hard-hitting, no-nonsense football players on offense such as Hines Ward & Jerome Bettis.

    We don't want Juju & Conner to replace what we lost in Brown & Bell.

    We are counting on Juju & Conner to return us to the glory we once had with Hines & The Bus.

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