PUP List as of July 26, 2015:
Twin #53 (Foot), Mike Adams (Back Surgery), Senquez Golson (Shoulder), Bruce Gradkowski (right Shoulder), and Shawn Lemon (Achilles)
2. Defensive Coordinator- Coach Keith Butler
There is a lot of "Expectations" for the 2K15 Steelers but the glaring one is how the "D" will be under new D-Coordinator Keith Butler. One thing for sure is he has some moving parts at a few slots that should play their way out in Camp. Then there is no Dick LeBeau but Butler has been around for years and it should be a seamless transition as that "D" is younger and way more athletic. Lastly the all important "Scheme" and that is something everyone cannot wait to see including the opposition!
3. Killer Bee's...#7 #26 #84
Who will join this dynamic trio who many around the "Shield" call the best Triplets on Offense running as we head towards Kickoff 2K15 vs the Pats on Thursday September 10, 2015?
4. Offensive Line
Big Ben calls it the e group he has ever had in front of him and we will see. I told you last season the best move the Steelers made including in the draft was getting Titans former Lead Man Mike Munchak to be the O-Line Coach and now its year 2 for an improved year 1 group under him.
5. 2nd/3rd WR
Will it be Martavis Bryant #2 with Markus Wheaton in the Slot at #3 which looks like the more natural fit. Bryant came on through the middle of the season looking like a rich man's Plaxico Burress as Big Ben has been wanting a Big Wide Out and now he has one.
Cam "Lil Ironhead" Heyward has come full circle and now 2014 free agent pick up Cam Thomas must get it done. What about Dan McCullers and Stephon Tuitt in year #2? Is NT/DT Steve McClendon ready to play at a high-level as those backers need those Dancing Bears to Dance more...
7. the 6-4 250 LB Violent Type
First it was Jarvis Jones and now Bud Dupree with James Harrison still in the fold. Arthur Moats is a solid Vet Backer but one of those young guys must beat him out for the Week 1 Starting Gig. 2014 top pick Ryan Shazier just needs to stay healthy but the Depth Sean Spence and Vince Williams is more than solid.
8. Cortez Allen
Allen is penciled in right now with Will Gay opposite of him as starters but lookout! The Rookie "Ballhawk" Senquez Golson could be a find and Antwon Blake proved last season he is not just a stop gap!
9. With #43 long gone who plays opposite of Mr. Mitchell?
As we go to press 3rd-year SS Shamarko Thomas (who spent weeks with Polamalu in L.A. last off-season 2014) is in the starting slot now but dependable vet Will Allen is waiting in the background. "Shark" Thomas just has to stay healthy...
10. Big Ben and "O" carries the Team and "D" has to be better...
The Outlook is simple Big Ben and that Offense with a healthy Bell and back up DeAngelo Williams with all that talent at WR will score points. The "D" does not have to be lock down Pelican Bay...but its needs to be a Checkpoint and that magic number will be 17-18 ppg for the "D" to get back to close to where it use to be. Is that possible we will find out here shortly!