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Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp Profile: Maurkice Pouncey

Maurkice Pouncey

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Maurkice Pouncey is now heading into his fourth season with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Chosen in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft by Pittsburgh, Pouncey made an immediate impact for the Steelers offensive line, starting all 16 games at center and helped get the team to the Super Bowl. However, Maurkice suffered a ankle injury in the AFC championship game and was not able to participate in the Super Bowl loss to the Green Bay Packers. Pouncey did still earn a trip to the Pro Bowl that year. Pouncey has remained healthy for the most part, missing games here and there during his short career thus far.

As a now stable NFL veteran, Maurkice looks to enter training camp and develop chemistry that is much needed on an often banged up offensive line. With injuries happening left and right, every week of the 2012 season seemed to have a different look on the line. Pouncey is a renaissance  man on the interior, able to play center and both offensive guard positions. While he may be in his fourth year in the league, that does not mean he has nothing to improve going into training camp. Like all other players, you can always get better with coaching and repetition, whether that be physical or mental.

Maurkice is lined up to have another successful year. Entering camp healthy, he and his fellow linemen are on a mission. That mission is to maintain a level of play that allows running backs like Jonathan Dwyer and Le’Veon Bell to hit holes properly. Protecting Ben Roethlisberger also should be done, too. If this unit is able to attain the goals they wish to achieve, there is no telling where this team might end up.  After all, everything starts at the line of scrimmage.

Donnie Druin is a writer at RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @DonnieDruin, add him on facebook, and add him on Google.