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Steelers OTAs: Justin Brown share first team reps Wednesday

Justin Brown is having to prove he is worthy of the fifth receiver roster spot, and he is going to get his chance to prove himself worthy.


Let's be honest, we all know that Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Lance Moore will be in the starting lineup come August, but who rounds out the rest of the Steelers' wide receiving corps has yet to be determined. Second year pro, Justin Brown, has been awaiting his shot at playing time, and he got that at the most recent OTAs.

Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that Justin Brown worked with Antonio Brown and Moore with the starting unit today and got "a lot of reps with the first team". For Justin Brown, this is the exact opportunity a young receiver like himself could use in making his case for a spot on the 53 man roster.

At 6 feet 3 inches, Brown has the size the Steelers find attractive at the receiver position, and although he doesn't have the blazing speed to accompany his large frame, he is more than capable of completing plays, especially in the red zone.

Brown has shown improvement that has made people take notice, but whether he can continue this style of play when the players suit up and start hitting is another story all together. If Brown is able to crack the 53 man roster, that would leave only one spot remaining that would come down to Derek Moye, Darrius Heyward-Bey and rookie Martavis Bryant.

This will be a training camp battle certainly worth watching.