There are a myriad of stories to keep an eye on in training camp this year. The players report today by 3pm with a conditioning test at 4pm, EST. Some things to watch this year and think about as we see things unfold in the coming days and weeks.
Offensive line: Right now the only sure thing on the line is Chris Kemoeatu and Maurkice Pouncey. We have no idea who's going to play Tackle right now or RG. Does Colon come back and if so, where does he play? Is Ramon Foster the future at RG? Does Flozell Adams move back to LT or stay at RT? Does Marcus Gilbert suddenly get forced into action?
Tight End: With Spaeth gone, the 2 young UDFA's will have a chance to see significant field time and make the team. Also David Johnson should see a significant increase in field time at TE.
Cornerback: Probably the biggest one to watch other than Tackle. Who will play opposite Ike Taylor? Can Curtis Brown step up, can Cortez Allen make the team and provide a significant contribution? Who will play NB; is it Gay or McFadden, or does one of them end up being a starting CB?
Polamalu: Can he stay healthy all through camp and be ready to go when the season starts?
Runningback: Mendenhall and Redman are the top 2 guys, but do they bring back Mewelde Moore? How does Baron Batch fit in, can he make the squad?
Aaron Smith and the DL: Smith is coming off another significant arm injury again, how much times does he get in camp? Does he even make to camp or does he get cut? Regardless of whether he's there or not how fast can rookie Cam Heyward catch on and help the rotation?
These are some of things to watch this year as we see our team prepare for 2011.