Five Things To Look For During Steelers Second Set Of OTA Practices

The Pittsburgh Steelers second set of OTA practices will get underway on Tuesday and here are a few things that I hope will surface this week in the various reports that come in from the Southside.

Ike Arrival? – Cornerback Ike Taylor was not present for the first set of practices last week, so surely he will show up this week, right? I remember him arriving a day or two late last year, but can’t ever remember him not being present for the second week of OTAs and on in the past. These practices are of course voluntary, but he’s not one to miss them.

Just How Fast Is Dri Archer? – Admit it, you look forward to more tweets proclaiming that Dri Archer is as fast as advertised. Archer was forced to miss the first week due to the NFLPA Rookie Premier, so he should be back in the fold this week and picking up where he left off at the rookie minicamp.

Where’s Wesley? – Unless I missed it last week, there weren’t any reports about where rookie offensive lineman Wesley Johnson was lining up at. Is he seeing time at guard, tackle or both. With Nik Embernate now out of the picture, Johnson is another step closer to the 53 man roster. Hopefully we see a few reports on Johnson this week and maybe an interview or two.

The Rehabbing? – Of the players that matter, tight end Matt Spaeth (foot) and defensive end Nick Williams (knee) were the two that were kept out of action last week. By the sound of things, that is likely to continue into the second week of practices. We’ll see. I’m not worried about Spaeth, but in the case of Williams, he’s missing valuable practice time.

Tuitt Doing It? – We had a ton of reports last week about rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier and with good reason being as he was thrust into the starting lineup immediately. I suppose that this week the media will turn their attention to rookie defensive end Stephon Tuitt and how he’s picking up the defense.

There’s five talking points to get you started with, so I’ll leave space for you readers to add more in the comments.

  • Crowned

    I would love to see Tuitt get thrown into the fire.

  • dgh57

    I always like to hear who’s turning heads with regards the UDFAs and first year players. If it could come from the CB and OLB positions that would be great!

  • Milliken Steeler

    At first I was worried about Spaeth as the timing had me concerned however, I learned it was the hardware installed from the original surgery that they removed and he is expected to recover quickly from that.

    I will be watching Tuitt, Archer and Zumwalt to see how they look.

  • cencalsteeler

    I’d like to add a sixth. The punting battle. I feel Wing can really be an asset to this team if he keeps his nose clean. “Punters are people, too” – Rich Eisen

  • lefnor

    The biggest question for me is the OLB position, specifically Jarvis Jones and his so called improved playing strentgh. If he struggles what will happen at the OLB position? He is now penciled in as a starter, there is no room to failure.

  • Bradys_Dad

    I’m really curious about this Mauro kid from Stanford (looks good on paper) – any news on him ?

  • Steve

    With it being June 1, there is another 8 mil in the kitty to bring insurance on.