Good Friday and I hope yinz is having a good time.
We’re in full swing at the Pittsburgh Steelers training camp. Pads went on this week and we have done our best to resume action over the last two days. We are out at Heinz Field for tonight’s training, the closest we get to Friday night lights this year. Look for a summary and hopefully a podcast tonight.
Hope you all have a great weekend and hope you enjoy following our camp coverage. I thank you for your visit to the site and we appreciate all your good feedback. As always, we have five Friday night questions that you can answer.
1 – Which player have you been most excited to hear about throughout the training camp? Which player has seemed most disappointing to you?
2 – Which player would you like to learn more about / get us discussing during the next pair exercises?
3 – Will this be the Steelers’ starting offensive line in Week 1 against Buffalo? Okorafor-Dotson-Green-Turner-Banner.
4-Will CB Justin Layne make the 53-man list?
5 – Who do you want as Steelers’ backup QB – Mason Rudolph or Dwayne Haskins?
Question 1: Steelers Depot respondents give Kendrick Green a far greater chance of starting Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills than they do cornerback Antoine Brooks. Respondents said there was between a 75-100% chance of a green start versus a 0-100% chance of Brooks starting. The median response for Green was 90% and 50% for Brooks. No one gave a percentage chance for both to start, but it is no more than 50/50 based on how people rated their individual chances.
Question 2: Steelers Depot respondents appreciate the contributions of both Larry Foote and Vince Williams based on the comments. 69%, however, chose Foote as the better linebacker. He played 11 seasons for the Steelers and started ten of 16 playoff games, including two Super Bowl victories. Vince finished with eight seasons wearing black & gold and only eight playoff games. For what it’s worth, I have Foote ranked 63 and Vince 109 on my all-time Steelers list.
Question 3: The Steelers will run the ball more than 36.2% of the time, according to respondents. In 2021, respondents predict that the Steelers will run the ball at least 40% of the time with a median response of 45%. In 2020, NFL teams ran an average of 41.9% of the time. I think the closer the Steelers are to 45% running, the better their season goes.
Question 4: We predict that Melvin Ingram will bag quarterbacks from two to eight times in 2021. The median answer is that Ingram collects five sacks. Since joining the league in 2012, Ingram has averaged just over 5.4 sacks a season. Let’s look it over!
Question 5: What a wonderful problem. Which of three broad receivers will get the most passes to the Steelers in 2021? Most teams have a recipient they count on to get the most receptions. This weekend, Chase Claypool has just outscored JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson as the most likely. Next weekend it may change. If every regular season game is like that, opposing defensive coordinators may have a hard time deciding which receiver Ben will target the most. Let them guess!
Thanks to everyone who answered the five questions Friday night in the offseason. First season match is next week. Good to prepare for the regular season Friday Night Five Questions competition, which begins the Friday before week one:
For those interested. When normal starts, the Steelers Depot launches the Friday Night 5 Questions competition, run by David Orochena (Beaver Falls Hosiery). For the second year – we want weekly winners!
That is how it works:
Each week, we ask five regular questions with an extra tiebreaker. The person with the best score is the winner. In the event of a tie, the person with the closest answer to the tiebreaker wins. If there is a draw, the $ 25 weekly pot will be evenly distributed.
We track cumulative points for correct answers all the way through the questions asked on the Friday before the last regular season game. If you answer all five frequently asked questions correctly, you will receive a bonus of five points against your cumulative score. The tension issues are not part of the cumulative score. In some cases, Steelers Depot will award multiple points for a given question or add bonus questions with points. The Steelers Depot assigns a point each week that a respondent answers the questions – a participation point. The competition begins with the questions on Friday, September 11, 2020, Friday evening 5.
When Beaver Falls Hosiery “likes” your answer, it is recorded. Sometimes people revise their answers before kickoff. When Beaver Falls Hosiery “likes” your answers, I have recorded your answers on the spreadsheet. If you need to revise an answer, the best way to ensure that we accurately record your final answer is to respond to your original answer and NOT edit it.
In general, the answer window will remain open until kickoff for game-related questions. Steelers Depot may establish other interruptions for issues such as active versus inactive players that arise before kickoff.
Steelers Depot reserves its own discretion by scoring questions and the scorers for each question. Only one profile name can collect points (no division between handles). Let’s have fun. We offer a cash prize for the top three placements, but you must have a PayPal account to collect. First Prize: $ 100; Second prize: $ 75; Third Prize: $ 25.
Some respondents from Steelers Depot are independently wealthy or just really nice people. They may choose not to collect their winnings. In that case, or for any unclaimed winnings, the money goes to a charity that Steelers Depot supports. Alternatively, you can choose to kick your winnings back into the cat to spice it up.
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments or you can always send me a twitter DM @subBurgher.