The third and final OTA session of the 2013 season for the Pittsburgh Steelers gets underway on Monday and while we do not expect a lot of information this week, here are a few things we will look for nonetheless.
Attendance – Safety Troy Polamalu is expected to be absent again this week, but outside of him and rookie wide receiver Markus Wheaton, the Steelers could very well have cornerback Ike Taylor back this week. It should be noted, however, that the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Invitational Golf Tournament takes place on Monday, so don\’t be surprised if the Steelers quarterback and a few other veteran players are allowed to skip the Monday practice to take part in it.
Right Side Tackle Reps – Mike Adams will be sidelined for a while as he continues to recover from his stabbing wounds suffered early Saturday morning so the Steelers will have a new first team tackle this week as a result. Being that Kelvin Beachum is expected to continue his work at the backup center position this week, Guy Whimper, who the Steelers signed several weeks ago, could very well wind up being the next man up at right tackle.
More Money = New Bodies? – Now that the calendar has flipped over to June, the Steelers have an additional $5.5 million in salary cap space to work with thanks to the Willie Colon release earlier in the offseason. With Adams expected to be sidelined until training camp, the Steelers might could use another tackle body to get them through the remaining offseason practices. In addition, there has been speculation that free agent wide receiver Steve Breaston could land in Pittsburgh ever since he was released by the Kansas City Chiefs, so we will have to see if any movement is made to bring him in now that they have a few extra cap dollars to work with.
More Draft Picks Inked? – Heading into the third OTA session, the Steelers still have four draft picks that remained unsigned. With the additional $5.5 million of cap space now available, it should only be a matter of time before linebacker Jarvis Jones, running back Le\’Veon Bell, quarterback Landry Jones and defensive end Nick Williams come to terms. One would think that the latter two will sign this week.
Injured Players Back? – Outside of the Adams off-the-field incident, the Steelers have been fortunate so far when it comes to on-the-field injuries and hopefully that string of luck continues this week. Last week, cornerback Justin King was sidelined with a hamstring injury of sorts, so hopefully he can resume practicing. Rookie tackle Mike Golic Jr. was able to work last Thursday after missing time last week with some sort of lower leg injury, so it appears as if he should be able to go this week.