The first preseason game is almost upon us and here are some guys I'm itching to see play for various reasons:
Flozell Adams: I've watched Adams at times throughout training camp and it's tough to gauge how hard the veteran is going at all times. I want to see him line up against another team and see if he's got what it takes to help this team at right tackle.
Isaac Redman/Jonathan Dwyer/Frank Summers: These three guys are probably fighting for two spots on the roster, with Rashard Mendenhall and Mewelde Moore holding down the other two spots. I only see the Steelers keeping four backs coming out of camp, so it will be interesting to see who shows up. Dwayne Wright is a darkhorse candidate. But because the Steelers do so little with the fullback and use David Johnson in that blocking role, I don't see them keeping five unless they have an injury or Willie Parker gets cut loose by Washington.
Stevenson Sylvester/Thaddeus Gibson/Jason Worilds: The three rookie linebackers have all looked good thus far in camp - though Worilds has been slowed by a hamstring injury. Can they carry that over to a game?
Keenan Lewis/Joe Burnett/William Gay: I think Burnett was pushing Gay for playing time in the nickel before getting hurt Tuesday. Lewis is more of an outside guy, which would make it difficult for him to slide into the nickel with Ike Taylor and Bryant McFadden. Rookie Crezdon Butler keeps on making plays as well. But it will be difficult for him to crack Dick LeBeau's defense as a rookie.