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Steelers News: Matt Feiler not expecting anything handed to him during training camp

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It is hard to believe, but the Pittsburgh Steelers return to the gridiron this week when they report back to training camp. In the meantime, don’t think the news surrounding the black-and-gold is over. As the team returns from their summer break, we continue to provide you with features, commentary and opinions to tide you over until training camp starts!

Today in the black-and-gold links article we take a look at how one of the few starting spots available during training camp, at right tackle, is up for grabs — according to Matt Feiler.

Let’s get to the news:

  • The Pittsburgh Steelers don’t have many starting positions available in 2019, but one of them is at right tackle. While most think Matt Feiler is the leader in the clubhouse, Feiler himself knows nothing is given.

Assuming the position not an option

By: Mike Prisuta,

Matt Feiler may be the incumbent, but he doesn’t consider himself the presumptive starter at right offensive tackle heading into training camp.

Not by a long shot.

“I’m not by any means the starter,” Feiler insisted this spring. “Anytime you’re out here, you’re getting pushed by the younger guys.”

Feiler started the last five games in succession, nine of the last 10 and 10 of 16 overall in 2018 at the position that by and large had belonged to Marcus Gilbert when healthy ever since the Steelers invested a second-round pick in Gilbert in 2011.

Gilbert started 88 of the 89 regular-season games he appeared in with the Steelers, but he was available for just 13 of 32 games combined over the past two campaigns (eight in 2017 and five last season).

He’s no long in the picture, but there are options at the position.

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  • When it comes to football with many Pittsburgh Steelers players, it isn’t just a game — it is family.

Family tradition

By: Mike Prisuta,

Defensive coordinator Keith Butler knew what the Steelers were looking for, well enough that it was recognizable upon discovery.

Now that they’ve found it, the pressure is on to justify the investment in first-round pick Devin Bush.

“There will be great expectations, and he knows that,” Butler acknowledged during Mandatory Veteran Minicamp. “And that’s OK, because in order to be successful in this league you gotta perform under pressure.

“You gotta perform under pressure and he’s going to have to do that, as well as his coaches.”

The Steelers were adamant in their desire to bolster inside linebacker in the draft, but they were also aware their options were limited in terms of being able to make a splash.

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  • For those hoping to hear about a new collective bargaining agreement before the start of the 2019 season, the NFL and NFLPA have reportedly had some good talks on that front.

NFL, NFLPA: We had “productive, constructive and beneficial” CBA talks

By: Josh Alper, ProFootballTalk

The NFL and NFLPA gathered for their fourth set of talks about a new Collective Bargaining Agreement on Wednesday and the schedule called for the meetings to last for three days.

There was a change in plans, however, and the two sides wrapped things up after several hours of conversations. A joint statement from the league and the union didn’t discuss the reason for the change, but did paint a positive picture of the work that went on.

“Today’s meeting was productive, constructive and beneficial for both sides, and the meetings between the NFLPA’s Executive Committee and the NFL’s Management Council Executive Committee will continue.”

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