As the Pittsburgh Steelers training camp continues in Latrobe, PA certain players are starting to standout and looking like 2008-09 will be a break out year. Let’s review a few of the players that are turning heads thus far in Latrobe.
Woodley has been virtually unstoppable thus far in training camp. Coach Mike Tomlin has attempted to match up Woodley against both right tackles Willie Colon and Max Starks but both resulted in Woodley sacking the quarterback on most occasions. I don’t know if Colon and Starks are that bad or if Woodley is simply that good, but I believe it’s a combination of both. Woodley has a great combination of speed, strength, and relentlessness that will allow him to be star this in these league. Woodley doesn’t seem to be flying under the radar either, Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com is predicting Woodley to have 15 sacks this season.
Let’s just say this, Holmes showed up in great shape this year in camp. He’s looks like he’s on the verge of having a breakout season and I believe he will do just that. Again, Pete Prisco said that he thinks Holmes is going to have pro bowl season with over 80 catches and topping 1500 yards receiving! This could be the year that Holmes will turn into Ben Roethlisberger’s #1 target. Prior to training camp, Holmes (along with several other Steelers) trained with Tom Shaw at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex to work on his explosiveness, and speed. Look for huge numbers from Holmes this year. Pick Holmes for your fantasy team.
Lawrence Timmons is another player that is going to make a big impact in the 2008-09 season. It is expected that Timmons may not beat out Foote for the starting position, but he will see a significant amount of playing time especially on 3rd downs. Thus far in training camp, Timmons has displayed his explosiveness, and a knack for being around the ball which prompted the Steelers to pick LT #15 overall in the 2007 NFL draft. Timmons has been unstoppable in the back-on-backers drill showing his explosiveness and quickness to avoid blocks. Timmons showed up bigger, and stronger, and in great shape at 6-1 245 pounds. He is much more comfortable with role in the Steelers defense at both inside and outside linebacker. Timmons is also said to be the “5th man” which means he is the top backup at both ILB and OLB.