October 7, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) calls a play in the huddle against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers Morning Huddle 5/17/2014

Steelers season goes all year long so whether we’re breaking down free agency signings, recapping the draft choices, or looking around for mentions of your Black & Gold we’ve got you covered. Here’s what’s being said about your Pittsburgh Steelers around the block.

How the 2014 Draft picks fit in

Bob Labriola of the Steelers Digest broke down the Steelers 2014 draft class in terms of where they might best fit in with the team. He’s got some interesting takes on where and how these young guys will be contributing to the squad. He’s convinced that the Steelers first round pick Ryan Shazier will have expectations on him even last year’s first pick Jarvis Jones did not.

“It doesn’t sound as though Shazier is going to be spoon-fed the defense and allowed to come along slowly. There will be expectations for him to get onto the field as a rookie, and more than just that, expectations to make plays as a rookie that positively impact games.” – Bob Labriola

Local players get tryout chance at rookie camp

According to Mark Kaboly of the Trib, the 20 players the Steelers invited to rookie minicamp for tryouts include some home-grown Western PA guys. Gateway graduate LB Dorian Bell is among the local guys hoping to work their way onto the Steelers roster. He’s got three of his teammates from high school trying out with him as well in CB Corey Brown, CB Dayonne Nunley, and LB Delbert Tyler.

Bryant got a welcome call from Roethlisberger

If you were happy to see the Steelers draft a tall wide receiver in Martavis Bryant, you can imagine how much happier Ben Roethlisberger was as well. As ESPN’s Scott Brown explains; Ben called Bryant 10 minutes after the Steelers selected the former Clemson wide receiver in the fourth round of the draft.

“Yeah, I was surprised to be honest with you but it was a good experience for me. He asked me when I was coming out here and I told him I report Monday.” – Martavis Bryant

Roethlisberger has already had a chance to throw some passes to his new receiver, although naturally he’s not participating in rookie camp.

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