He gets to wear Nike cleats again.
Baxter tweeted this at the onset of camp, noting his alma mater, Northern Illinois University, had a different gear supplier.
Baxter isn't having too many problems on the field, writes DeKalb Daily Chronicle correspondent and BTSC contributor Dale Grdnic.
He highlights a play in which Baxter identified a swing pass to Le'Veon Bell coming out of the backfield. He was there to make a play on the ball carrier, but they weren't wearing pads.
It's caught the attention of Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler.
"...Alan’s a smart kid, and he’s been working hard. He obviously has some things to learn, but he’s made a few plays so far."
He's the classic Steelers project; a college defensive end at a non-BCS school. Undersized (6-foot-2, 240 pounds) for defensive end, and maybe even a little smallish for outside linebacker.
Athleticism is valued even more in today's game, though, and perhaps Baxter lines himself up for a practice squad spot.
Whether it had anything to do with what cleats they were wearing remains to be seen, but Baxter seems excited.
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