Thursday, August 16, 2012
Steelers among NFL's deepest teams
By Jamison Hensley
The Pittsburgh Steelers are among the NFL's deepest teams, according to our friends at Football Outsiders . This opinion will get tested as injuries have hit the Steelers as they wrap up another training camp at St. Vincent College.
This is an Insider piece, which means you'll need a subscription to read the entire article, but here's a portion on the Steelers:
Much like Green Bay, a lot of the functional depth accumulated by Pittsburgh impacts the passing game. The Steelers have a trio of talented corners behind incumbent No. 1 Ike Taylor, including FO top-25 prospect Cortez Allen. No Mike Wallace? Well, that's eventually going to be a problem, yes. But the Steelers are better equipped than most to weather the storm, thanks to Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders. Strong, stable organizations tend to have a lot of backup plans, and the Steelers are nothing if not stable.
The Steelers are reaching deep on the depth chart at running back and outside linebacker. Baron Batch, who was the team's third or fourth back to start camp (depending on how you ranked him and John Clay), took the reps with the first-team offense Wednesday and should do the same Thursday. And Chris Carter, who would sit behind James Harrison and Jason Worilds if they weren't on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, is expected to start Sunday against the Colts.