Training camp is three weeks away and I can already feel the excitement about the upcoming football season building.
The Steelers don't have a lot of position battles this season, but they have some things worth watching.
Who will be the starting right guard, Darnell Stapleton, Kraig Urbik or darkhorse Trai Essex?
That's right. Essex could be a factor at that position.
The starting cornerback position is William Gay's to lose and he will have to fall flat on his face or get hurt to do so.
But who will be No. 3? Deshea Townsend again? One of the rookies? Keiwan Ratliff?
Ratliff has younger legs, but you can never count our Townsend. And the rookies, particularly Keenan Lewis, looked good this spring.
The other big battle will be fo the No. 3 receiver spot. I think Shaun McDonald may steal that one from Limas Sweed.
McDonald would give the team the ability to keep Hines Ward on the outside or shift him to the slot if it so chooses. If Sweed's on the field, Ward has to go to the slot.