The sticky feel of summer humidity fits with the excitement of the start of training camp like milk and Oreos. Can't have one without the other.
One of the best parts of late July is the start of training camp. One of the best parts of training camp is spotting that unheralded player whom we may be featuring much more prominently next season around this time.
The best part? There's always one of those players out there. It's extremely difficult to predict which one, and we won't try to, but we'll offer up a few players who could be Training Camp Studs.
We highlighted CB Terry Carter earlier this summer, noting a few impressive plays during minicamp. We'll stick with him going into training camp as well. A team cannot have enough playmaking cornerbacks, even if it appears that will be a position of strength this season in Pittsburgh.
Steel City Insider publisher Jim Wexell has the sharpest radar for finding these kinds of players, and his series on rookie players is one of the must-reads in Steeler Nation. He recently paints a fantastic picture of UDFA Adrian "Rush" Robinson, a converted defensive end from Temple looking to make his mark as an outside linebacker.
An early front-runner for the Isaac Redman Award for Most Loved Steelers Non-Starter is OG Kelvin Beachum. Given his background and character, it's really hard not to root for him. While there may be something of a logjam at guard (Willie Colon and David DeCastro are the likely starters with Ramon Foster and Doug Legursky behind them), Beachum looks like the kind of guy the Steelers stash on the practice squad and mold into a future member of the team.
Maybe the Redman Award isn't Beachum's to win. Let's not forget FS Myron Rolle, a player whom Ivan Cole has mentioned at least once in each of the last six months. Either safety position is probably the most open for a future player, considering the age of SS Troy Polamalu and FS Ryan Clark.
Right there with Rolle is former Arizona Wildcats DB Robert Golden. He ended up going undrafted and denied an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine because he simply played too many positions in college. He played both strong safety and cornerback, and his senior year, as a cornerback, he led the team with 12 pass break-ups and was third with 60 tackles.
His new position coach, Carnell Lake, can empathize with being shuffled around the secondary.
I may be missing a few, who do you see as a future impact player for this team?