PITTSBURGH – The starting fullback last Saturday in Washington was rookie Matt Spaeth.
Spaeth, of course, a tight end, and that coincides with the direction new offensive coordinator Bruce Arians’s is taking his offense.
However, Spaeth is not the reason eight-year veteran Dan Kreider is in danger of losing his roster spot.
Instead, the player threatening Kreider’s
job is Carey Davis
A fullback who caught 114 passes in college, and who briefly held roster spots with Indianapolis and Atlanta, Davis has impressed the coaching staff with his running ability, special-teams play and most importantly his lead blocking. Team officials say he’s now No. 1 on the depth chart at the position.
If the 26-year-old Davis can lead first-team backs through the hole the way he’s led second-teamers, the Steelers may have one more fullback than they need.
FREE SAFETY EMERGING?
With two preseason games remaining, coaches don’t want to go on record with any official proclamations, but it appears Ryan Clark
is in the process of nailing down the starting free safety position.
Clark has started two of the three preseason games, and could be in line for a third start Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Tomlin called the position open, but said a frontrunner “is becoming crystal clear.”
Clark’s competition, Anthony Smith, did not play last week because of an abdominal injury.