Recap Of The Steelers 2013 Training Camp Battles On Tap

Training camp for the Pittsburgh Steelers opens up today as the players will all report to Latrobe to get checked in prior to the first practice taking place on Saturday. Over the course of the last several weeks, we have focused in on quite a few of the key battles that will take place over the course of the next few weeks on the practice fields of Saint Vincent College. In case you missed any of them, below are the links to each of them for easy access.

The running back battle, in my opinion, will be the most entertaining one of the bunch to follow, as it could result in either Jonathan Dwyer or Isaac Redman seeing their time in Pittsburgh come to end.

In addition to that key battle, Stevenson Sylvester and Marshall McFadden figure to have a tightly contested duel to see which one of them sticks on the roster as a backup inside linebacker.

The Steelers lack depth on their offensive line heading into training camp and all we know at this time is that there are six players who are locks to make the roster. Action during training camp and the preseason should give us a better idea if any of the undrafted rookie free agent linemen can fill a few of the remaining roster spots up for grabs.

One lesser publicized battle, that I think will be fun to watch play out, is the one between backup cornerbacks DeMarcus Van Dyke and Josh Victorian. There might not be enough room on the Steelers 53 man roster for both, so Van Dyke has a lot of work ahead of him if he wants to hold the second-year undrafted free agent.

Outside Linebacker Battle: Chris Carter Versus Adrian Robinson

Long Snapper Battle: Greg Warren Versus Luke Ingram

Running Back Battle: Jonathan Dwyer Versus Isaac Redman Versus LaRod Stephens-Howling Versus Baron Batch

Cornerback Battle: DeMarcus Van Dyke Versus Josh Victorian Versus Terry Hawthorne

Inside Linebacker Battle: Stevenson Sylvester Versus Marshall McFadden Versus Vince Williams

Punter Battle: Drew Butler Versus Brian Moorman

Wide Receiver Battle: Plaxico Burress Versus David Gilreath Versus Justin Brown Versus J.D. Woods

Guard Battle: John Malecki Versus Nik Embernate Versus Justin Cheadle

Tackle Battle: Guy Whimper Versus Joe Long Versus Mike Golic Jr.

Tight End Battle: David Paulson Versus David Johnson

Nose Tackle Battle: Alameda Ta’amu Versus Hebron Fangupo

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  • hergieburbur

    Someone is excited for tomorrow…

    And Dave is too is seems. :)

  • lefnor

    What is the sin of Chris Hubbard? You never mention him but he has as many chance as Cheadle or Embernate to catch a backup spot inside (or maybe outside). If he is bulked up around 305 pounds, watch out!

  • steeltown

    Bring it on!!!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I feel Omar Hunter should be in the NT race. He has all the athletic skill and nice size for a NT. It never clicked for him at Florida and if Mitchell can get it to click for him we have one heck of a NT!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    will Hubbard be the Lee of last year

  • SteelersDepot

    Going from 286 to 305? Doubt that happens. His college tape is not overly impressive.

  • JohnnyV1

    I’m interested to see who’s battling for DE. Hood, Heyward & Keisel all make it (barring injury). Do they keep two more? Al Woods, Nicholas Williams, Brian Arnfelt and Cordian Hagans. Maybe they keep two NT’s, and Al Woods as a DE/DT combo guy, although Woods has not done much in 3 years. Then they keep one more DE. I’m interested in how this shakes out since 2014 could see Keisel & Hood both gone. Success of our defense starts up front.

  • steeltown

    I see Woods making the Team again, especially if he shows he can play inside and I think Nicholas Williams will spend a year on the PS

    The Arnfelt kid looks like a very promising prospect, big kid and very strong, 38bench press at his pro day would’ve tied him for 1st at the combine with Margus Hunt and Brandon Williams (if he had been invited) and he has good speed too. I just don’t see a scenario where he can stick though, unless they find room for him on the PS or one of the aforementioned is injured… Cordian Hagans is no slouch either. Damn good undrafted rookies this year.

  • lefnor

    You are not accurate. He was 6034 290 at his UAB pro day and 297 at the Alabama pro day!

    He is a fundamentally sound, extremely athletic player, perfect fit into a zone blocking OL. His success will depend on his playing strenght.
    His best opponent I watched against maybe was the very talented Jeremiah Taylor at Marshall. It wasn’t an easy game for him, but not technically. He needs to be stronger.

  • lefnor

    I like Arnfelt too. I hope he can catch the ps or maybe more.