X

Have feedback / suggestions? Let us know!

NFL Pittsburgh Steelers

5 Bold Predictions for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2014 Training Camp

1 of 11
NEXT

5 Bold Predictions for the Pittsburgh Steelers' 2014 Training Camp

Ike Taylor
Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers will report to training camp on Friday and hit the practice field for the first time Saturday. Check out these five bold predictions for their summer.

5. Al Lapuaho Will Crack 53-Man Roster

Al Lapuaho
Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

5. Al Lapuaho Will Crack 53-Man Roster

Al Lapuaho
Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Al Lapuaho is reportedly making the most of his second chance to stick on an NFL roster, standing out as a legitimate threat to Daniel McCullers in the battle at backup nose tackle. Lapuaho spent 2013 on the Dolphins' practice squad after failing to latch on in St. Louis, but appears ready crack the Steelers' 53-man roster if he can carry his impressive play from the spring into camp and the preseason.

4. LeGarrette Blount Will Earn Larger Role Than Expected

LeGarrette Blount
David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

4. LeGarrette Blount Will Earn Larger Role Than Expected

LeGarrette Blount
David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

He likely won't surpass second-year back Le'Veon Bell as the feature runner, but LeGarrette Blount, who joined the Steelers in free agency after one year with the Patriots, will earn something that resembles a co-starting role in Todd Haley's offense. Blount, a 250-pound bruiser, averaged 5.0 yards per carry in New England last fall.

3. Martavis Bryant Will Get Buried on Depth Chart

Martavis Bryant
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

3. Martavis Bryant Will Get Buried on Depth Chart

Martavis Bryant
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

As a fourth-round pick with plenty of upside, Martavis Bryant is in no real danger of getting cut, but, as an incredibly raw route-runner with suspect hands, he'll get passed on the depth chart by receivers like Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey in training camp. Bryant is thought to be in the mix for the starting spot opposite Antonio Brown, but he'll prove far too inconsistent to contribute much as a rookie.

2. Ike Taylor Will Lose Starting Job

Ike Taylor
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

2. Ike Taylor Will Lose Starting Job

Ike Taylor
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

At 34 years old and fresh off a season in which he surrendered a league-high 1,043 yards to coverage assignments, Ike Taylor was asked to take a pay cut during the offseason. He didn't have much but to oblige. Another demotion could be on its way, though. If a corner like William Gay or Isaiah Green shows improvement in camp, Taylor should be relegated to a reserve role.

1. Mike Adams Will Steal Kelvin Beachum's Spot at LT

Mike Adams
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

1. Mike Adams Will Steal Kelvin Beachum's Spot at LT

Mike Adams
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Adams' first shot at the left tackle job went miserably. In four games -- all Pittsburgh losses -- Adams conceded four sacks, six quarterback hits and 13 hurries before being benched in favor of Kelvin Beachum in Week 6 last season. While Beachum was much more reliable, Adams still owns the higher ceiling. And when Adams was thrown back into the starting lineup in Week 14, he didn't allow a sack or hit. He'll continue to progress in 2014.