The voluntary OTA's have wrapped up now for the Steelers, with only the mandatory team workouts next week left before training camp starts.
Keith Butler and Dick Lebeau were talking to the media after the workouts yesterday, and among the people they talked about were Sean Spence and how well he's coming along.
My question to you all; with that praise coming and nothing being mentioned of Sylvester, does that mean Spence might have the inside track to moving up the depth chart quicker than maybe Sylvester does?
IMO Spence is going to see a lot of special teams work this year they may use him in combination with Sylvester to spell Foote or Timmons but neither of the young guys will be a significant contributor on defense unless injuries force them into duty.
But Butler seemed pleased with what he has seen thus far in some junior members of the linebacker corps, with one caveat: "Here's the deal -- they all look good in shorts. Its almost like a beauty contest. But, when the hittin' starts, we'll find out about 'em."
He has found out, however, that third-round pick Sean Spence -- who made an eye-catching interception in drills yesterday -- is a quick study and likely will see game action this season.
"He's coming along well. A very sharp young man. He's picking up our system as good as anybody has at this point," Butler said.
"He's showed me some things ... I wouldn't say he's not going to play. The fact of the matter is, since I've been here, we've never had a rookie start for us -- not Lawrence Timmons, not LaMarr Woodley, not anybody. So we'll see with him. He may not start, but he's probably going to get some playing time."
Butler also singled out second-year man Chris Carter as well as undrafted free agents Adrian Robinson and Brandon Hicks for their good showing in OTAs..
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