Ask most Pittsburgh Steelers fans which position is the most concerning to them, and there will be a large majority which will say outside linebacker. James Harrison is, well, James Harrison, but Bud Dupree is coming off an injury shortened season, Arthur Moats and Anthony Chickillo look like nothing more than backups and the team is putting a lot of faith into rookie T.J. Watt, whom they drafted in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Who better to hear from when it comes to the state of the outside linebackers than the man who coaches them?
After the team’s third, and final, minicamp practice, Porter spoke with media about everything from the depth of the position, a million questions about T.J. Watt and the potential for Dupree to have a breakout season.
You can see the full media session below, but Porter suggests the team isn’t thinking about things like a rotation with Watt and Harrison based on the fact the have yet to see Watt make any type of actual football play in a black and gold uniform. Nonetheless, Porter likes the depth at the position, and thinks Dupree could be in for a huge season, with one caveat — if he stays healthy.
Check out Porter’s full interview below:
Joey Porter talks about the current state of the outside linebacker corps. pic.twitter.com/ylNtdmNuPu— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) June 15, 2017
Stanley Cup makes a visit
In case you don’t have Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat, the Pittsburgh Penguins center Nick Bonino brought the Stanley Cup to the team’s practice today. Take a look at some pictures and videos from the visit.
(Side Note: In the image below, look at No. 29 and how huge he is compared to everyone else. If you didn’t know, that is rookie cornerback Brian Allen. He is a BIG man.)
The Steelers just want to touch the Stanley Cup pic.twitter.com/lP3cvdKo9S— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) June 15, 2017
Mike Tomlin and Nick Bonino.— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) June 15, 2017
Tomlin afterward: "Man, that's the gold standard right there." pic.twitter.com/js4KM6ReIw
Today wrapped up the team’s mandatory minicamp, and the next five weeks will be primarily silent, hopefully, leading up to the team reporting to training camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA on July 27th.
In the meantime, stay tuned to BTSC for great features, analysis and predictions leading up to the official start of the 2017 Steelers season.