Getting some buzz today was Todd Haley talking about the playbook and Sean Kugler talking about the status of where he wants the offensive line to be at when camp starts. Scott Brown from the Trib tweeted today Kugler wants to have his starting 5 set by the time camp starts. We'll have a good idea of where they are heading once the final mini camp coming up is over.
OL coach Sean Kugler said that when the Steelers' first two draft picks show up for minicamp next week (academic scheduling prevented their OTA attendance), David DeCastro will be at RGand Mike Adams at LT. "They'll be rotating in with the 1s and 2s," Kugler said. "They're going to get multiple reps next week so we can see what they can do." - CBS Rapid Reports
OL coach Sean Kugler said OL Marcus Gilbert will continue to get reps at both LT and RT. Gilbert started at RT as a rookie last season but has a history at -- and a desire to play --LT. Rookie Mike Adams will compete to start at LT. "We're going to get the best five guys out there," Kugler said. - CBS Rapid Reports
Steelers OL coach Sean Kugler said rookie OL David DeCastro were handed laptops with the playbook on them, are sent install packets in the mail weekly and speak on the phone with coaches nightly. Neither could attend OTAs because of their schools' academic calendar. "The types of questions they're asking shows me that they're looking at their stuff," Kugler said. - CBS Rapid Reports
I like that he's willing to put the rookies out there and let them learn on the job. I'm not worried about DeCastro but I still get concerned with Adams at LT to start the year. Rookies starting at Tackle is rough, just look at Gilbert last year on both the left and right; he took his licks and did get better but Ben also got killed and the run game suffered.
I hope they work out and work out great but we'd be foolish to think that they won't struggle early on once the bullets start flying.