X

Have feedback / suggestions? Let us know!

NFL Pittsburgh Steelers

5 Questions the Pittsburgh Steelers Must Answer in Training Camp

1 of 11
NEXT

5 Questions the Pittsburgh Steelers Must Answer in Training Camp

Markus Wheaton
Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers' 2014 season is set to begin in about a month when players report to Latrobe, Pennsylvania for the commencement of training camp. Here are five questions the club must answer this summer.

5. Will Starting OT Duo Hold Up?

Kelvin Beachum
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

5. Will Starting OT Duo Hold Up?

Kelvin Beachum
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The young starting offensive tackle duo of Kelvin Beachum and Marcus Gilbert has displayed some promise in the past, but neither lineman has solidified himself as a long-term answer. Beachum, the left tackle, and Gilbert, the right tackle, both struggled as run blockers last season and weren't consistent when attempting to give quarterback Ben Roethlisberger time in the pocket. It'll be a make-or-break campaign for both players.

4. Will Ryan Shazier Be Liability Against Run?

Ryan Shazier
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

4. Will Ryan Shazier Be Liability Against Run?

Ryan Shazier
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

First-round pick Ryan Shazier offers Pittsburgh's defense some much-needed playmaking potential in the middle, with rare blazing speed for the linebacker position. But he's a bit undersized and struggled to shed blockers at Ohio State. If he's not consistently kept clean, he could become a liability when opposing teams decide to pound the rock. To be the every-down player the Steelers envision, Shazier will need to prove otherwise.

3. Is Ike Taylor Still Starting Material?

Ike Taylor
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

3. Is Ike Taylor Still Starting Material?

Ike Taylor
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Veteran cornerback Ike Taylor, who turned 34 last month, enters the 2014 season as a starter. That title might not last very long if his porous play from last fall continues, though. Taylor didn't intercept a pass for the first time since his rookie year and allowed more receiving yards to coverage assignments than any defensive player in the entire league. He'll need to return to form this summer, or risk being replaced on the first team.

2. Is Jarvis Jones Ready to Produce?

Jarvis Jones
Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

2. Is Jarvis Jones Ready to Produce?

Jarvis Jones
Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

The Steelers' first-round pick from last April, Jarvis Jones, will be looking to rebound after a disappointing rookie campaign. The prolific collegiate pass rusher only produced one sack in 2013. Entering his sophomore season as a likely starter, Jones will need to begin living up to his high potential to remain a part of Pittsburgh's long-term plans.

1. Will Markus Wheaton Fend off Competition at WR?

Markus Wheaton
Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

1. Will Markus Wheaton Fend off Competition at WR?

Markus Wheaton
Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

From all accounts, wide receiver Markus Wheaton seemingly ran away with the No. 2 receiver competition this spring. But what happens without pads won't mean much when training camp and preseason games arrive. If a receiver, like fourth-round pick Martavis Bryant, steals the show, Wheaton could easily still be supplanted as a starter. He'll need to continue impressing throughout the summer to open the year opposite Antonio Brown.