With only a few days to go the Pittsburgh Steelers, along with the rest of the NFL, are getting ready to officially start their season..... at Training Camp in Latrobe PA.
There are so many things up in the air right now, including the Mike Wallace issue, but one thing the Steelers finalized today is a one year deal with Max Starks to bring the veteran Offensive Tackle back to the team. He became a free agent at the end of last season after he tore his ACL in the playoff loss to Denver. I think having him on the roster is a great move. With the influx of youth obtained in the draft it will be helpful to have a veteran around to work with David Decastro and Mike Adams, both of which could very well be starters this season.
The Steelers could take the field for the regular season opener with an entirely new look. Not only do they have a new offensive coordinator but they will be without starting Running Back Rashard Mendenhall. We could see a variety of guys step up and take advantage of the opportunity, guys like Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer, Baron Batch, John Clay, and 2012 draft pick Chris Rainey. Do I think someone will step up enough to bump Mendenhall from his role on a permanent basis, I'm not sure but I hope so.
The one guy from this list of RB's that I feel might surprise us is Rainey. He is a solid athlete and should contribute immediately on special teams. I don't feel like he will be the one to overtake Mendenhall (this year), but I do think we should keep our eye on him, he is a winner.
Then of course there is the glaringly obvious issue of Mike Wallace. Will he hold out or will he play? For everyones sake he needs to be on the field, but what if he isn't, can Antonio Brown, and Emanual Sanders step it up to cover losing both Wallace and Hines Ward? If nothing else this season proves to be a very interesting one for Steelers fans, and with only a few days until the start of Training Camp we should be getting some answers soon.