Steelers training camp position battles to watch

OLB – Jarvis Jones vs. Jason Worilds

We know LaMarr Woodley has the left side locked up, but there isn’t a clear-cut starter on the right side. Early signs are pointing towards Jason Worilds receiving the starting job. Jones will have to impress the pants off the coaching staff if he’s going to win the job. A Dick LeBeau run defense rarely sees rookie starters.

HB – Le’Veon Bell vs. Isaac Redman vs. Jonathan Dwyer

Bell wasn’t drafted to be benched. Redman and Dwyer will compete, but in the end Bell should be the starter. Redman seems to be ready to compete, many media members have commented on his physical shape. Redman has been said to be looking very fit and trim. Right now, it looks as though Redman has the upper hand over Dwyer.

WR – Emmanuel Sanders vs. Markus Wheaton

This position battle has been rarely talked about. It’s very unlikely that Wheaton will take over Sanders’s job before the season starts, but I believe he has the ability to take over his job later in the year. I expect big things from Wheaton, possibly big enough to see the same situation we saw with Cortez Allen and Keenan Lewis.

CB – Terry Hawthorne vs. Curtis Brown

Curtis Brown is fully aware of the situation he’s in: its do or die time. If Hawthorne beats out Brown for the dime back position, Brown is in trouble. Terry Hawthorne is a serious threat to Curtis Brown, and Brown has not performed well in his short career.

Which Tackle Will Start At Which Side?

Marcus Gilbert was the starting tackle at OTAs, so perhaps this question has been answered, but things could change. Gilbert is the overall better player, and should end up being the starter at left tackle come the regular season. Mike Adams is the better run protector; naturally he fits in on the right side.