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Cortez Allen and Jason Worilds to Open Pittsburgh Steelers’ Training Camp as Starters

July 24th, 2013 at 9:34 PM
By Mark Mihalko

Training camp for the Pittsburgh Steelers begins in two days and players and coaches are gearing up for the process. With all of the draft choices in the fold, the front office and coaches can focus on rebounding from the disappointing 8-8 season in 2012.

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While there are many question marks that must be answered during camp and roster spots that can be won, it is always interesting to see the early pre-camp depth chart, especially on defense. When looking at it, it should come as no surprise that there are three new defensive starters penciled in to start camp.

All three were expected to slide into their roles with cornerback Cortez Allen taking over for Keenan Lewis (New Orleans Saints), Steve McLendon for Casey Hampton (UFA) at nose tackle and Jason Worilds for James Harrison (Cincinnati Bengals) at outside linebacker. For Allen and McLendon, they should be able to gain some comfort in their new roles early in camp, as they have no one beating down the door to knock them off. However, that could be a different story for Worilds.

The Steelers drafted linebacker Jarvis Jones in the first-round of the NFL Draft to make an impact for their defense and that impact may come sooner than later. Depending on the offseason report one reads, there are different opinions on the stage of understanding of the defense for Jones and whether or not he has an early season shot at unseating Worilds.

In seasons past, the idea of Jones starting as a rookie would be a long shot, but coming off a disappointing season with a roster that is in the midst of an overhaul, Jones could seize the position with an impressive training camp. One thing is certain, this will be one of the battles to watch in training camp.

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Tags: Casey Hampton, Cortez Allen, Football, James Harrison, Jarvis Jones, Jason Worilds, Keenan Lewis, NFL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers, Steve McLendon

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