Nov 10, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) scrambles with the ball as Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Shamarko Thomas (29) and outside linebacker Jason Worilds (93) give chase during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers Morning Huddle 7/18/2014

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Steelers season goes all year long so whether we’re previewing training camp, predicting roster moves, 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.

TE Position Preview

ESPN’s Scott Brown continues his series of position previews before Steelers training camp opens next weekend. This edition covers what he describes as the position group that will be scrutinized the most this season; the cornerbacks. Because the Steelers waited to address the cornerback position till the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft after so many had predicted the Steelers would draft a corner sooner, this group is going to be looked at to perform a lot better. In the last five seasons the Steelers cornerbacks have accounted for only 18 interceptions. Some corners on other teams have more than that for just themselves. The last Steelers corner to make a Pro Bowl was Rod Woodson in 1997. Yikes. What are your thoughts on the corner back position group heading into training camp?

Shamarko eyeing starting position

Ralph N. Paulk of the Trib tells us that Steelers second-year safety Shamarko Thomas has his eyes on a starting position, even with the Steelers signing Mike Mitchell in the offseason to presumably start opposite of Troy Polamalu. While he’s technically listed on the depth chart behind Troy Polamalu, Thomas is ready and willing to take the field more in 2014.

“I picked up a lot of playing multiple positions last year. The playbook is easier to learn, but I need to come out every day as if it’s game day. I was all over the place last year because I didn’t know the playbook. I was thrown into the fire, and sometimes I got burned. I’m more knowledgeable about this defense.” – Shamarko Thomas

DeCastro is Pro No-Huddle

Steelers guard David DeCastro sat in on Wednesday morning with “The Fan Morning Show” on KDKA 93.7 The Fan. While on the show he revealed that it’s not just Ben and the rest of us who enjoy the fact that the Steelers are adding the “no-huddle” into the offense on a more regular level.

“The no-huddle’s great, I really like it. It really slows the D linemen and puts pressure on (defenses), and I think if we can find a way to keep using it to our advantage, I think it’s great.” – David DeCastro

 

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