For the Pittsburgh Steelers, it will be business as usual for training camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa for the 48th year.
Training camp will kick off on Friday, July 26 and open practices for fans will take place between 3 – 5 p.m. The Steelers have only released a partial schedule with additional details to follow in the upcoming weeks.
Here’s what we know for now.
2013 Training Camp Schedule
Friday, July 26 – The team reports to camp.
Saturday, July 27 – First open practice to the public
Monday, July 29 – First practice in pads
Friday, August 2 – Annual night practice takes place Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m.
Wednesday August 14 – Evening practice at Saint Vincent College from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Saturday August 17 – Last practice open to the public
Sunday August 18 – Training camp will break.
August 10 – New York Giants 7:30 p.m. EDT
August 19 – At Washington Redskins 8:00 p.m. EDT
August 24 – Kansas City Chiefs 7:30 p.m. EDT
August 29 – At Carolina Panthers 7:30 p.m. EDT
Training Camp Storylines
While the team is set at quarterback and with its coach, the upcoming season could be viewed as one of transition as there’s some holes to be filled in starting roles. The team has bid goodbye to starters WR Mike Wallace, RB Rashard Mendenhall and CB as well as team veterans LB James Harrison and G Willie Colon.
Who will take their places? Will training camp answer these questions?
On the offensive side, it’s sophomore year for coordinator Todd Haley. Year 1 was a little bumpy and he’s no Bruce Arians but he’s making his mark and his quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is adjusting well.
One question entering training camp and the regular season is whether or not wide receiver Antonio Brown can step up in the passing game now that Wallace is gone. Last season, he had 66 catches for 787 yards and five touchdowns. He’ll also have a void with the absence of veteran tight end Heath Miller, who is questionable to start the season after tearing knee ligaments at the end of 2012.
The team did sign former New England Patriots wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to a one-year, $2.5 million offer sheet. He is expected to be the team’s No. 2 receiver but he’s yet to prove himself.
On the running side, the team will need to fill Mendenhall’s hole. Jonathan Dwyer may be the heir apparent with his 2012 623 yards, which represented a team low since 1991. Fellow back Isacc Redman, who contributed 410 rushing yards (3.7 yards per carry), wants to compete for the top spot as well as rookie Le’Veon Bell and former Arizona Cardinal La’Rod Stephens-Howling also in the mix.
For the defense, the outside linebacker role is still undetermined now that Harrison is gone. LaMarr Woodley is on one side but look for a battle to ensue for the other spot between rookie Jarvis Jones and veteran Jason Worilds.
Drafted in 2010, over his 10 career starts, Worilds has 10 sacks (five came last season).
And in a final question that may be answered at training camp is cornerback Cortez Allen. Now that Keenan Lewis has left, can Allen fill his big shoes? He did start in three games at the end of the season and did a good job.
He’ll be paired with Ike Howard on the other side.