5 Headlines as Steelers Wrap Up First OTA Session

The Steelers wrapped up their first OTA session yesterday and will now take the weekend off before they make their way to back.  There were few headlines but we did learn a lot about the team and the new offense.  It was a good week.  Here are some of the things that seem to have been given the biggest buzz.

Headlines from OTAs:

  1. Injuries:  The Steelers left camp with no injuries.  The Steelers came in with 4 injuries and left with 4 injuries.  Casey Hampton and Rashard Mendenhall still recovering from knee surgery.  Jason Worilds has a hand injury and Ramon Foster had a hamstring.  Neither happened during practice so it was a good week.
  2. Battle at Fullback:  The Steelers have moved David Johnson to fullback full time.  He is going to be competing with Will Johnson for the spot on the roster.  That will be one of the best battles in camp.
  3. Pressure could be on Roethlisberger:  Ben is a little uncomfortable with the offense right now.  He seemed frustrated this week.  Most of the other players on offense seem to love it though.  Especially Pouncey and Sanders.  That could put pressure on Roethlisberger to get this down faster.  Which is only a good thing.  Make him work a little bit more.  Not a big deal.  He will be fine.
  4. Gilbert wants to play Left Tackle: Gilbert lined up at right tackle with the Steelers first team this week.  He doesn’t want to be left out of the Left Tackle talk thought.  Gilbert called it his “dream.”  I still believe Gilbert will thrive on the right side rather then the left but if the kid has a passion and a goal I would not fault him for trying to achieve it.  The attitude is outstanding.
  5. Keenan Lewis plans to be a Pro Bowler:  Lewis comes in to camp as the penciled in starter across from Ike Taylor.  He thinks his best is yet to come.  He plans on making the Pro Bowl this year.  He will be competing with Cortez Allen and Curtis Brown to start before that happens.

Another week coming up for the Steelers after Memorial Day.  They will practice Tuesday-Thursday and will then be finished with these OTAs.