You should not be surprised by the fact that first round draft pick Ryan Shazier was running with the first team today in Pittsburgh. Let me repeat that; you should not be surprised that Ryan Shazier was running with the first team today in Pittsburgh.
OK, so maybe a little surprise is warranted considering the Steelers’ normal behavior with defensive rookies. What we are seeing on the South Side as the Official Team Activities get underway is perhaps the dawning of a new approach.
Of course it could also be because the team really has no other choice.
For years the Steelers have been able to draft, sit and slowly bring along rookies as they learn Dick LeBeau’s defense but because of poor drafts and losses in free agency, the team has been forced to play rookies in an ever-increasing manner.
With that in mind, there shouldn’t be much surprise to know that Shazier was alongside Lawrence Timmons today. Besides the fact its a position of dire need, Shazier is a highly touted first roun...