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Training Camp Battles: Defensive Tackle

Nate Guldry/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

I will be alternating offense and defense in these posts. Links for the previous posts can be found at the bottom of the page. Before I get into the nitty gritty of this particular training camp battle, though, here is some information I think we all are glad to hear.

Peter King and some of the MMQB staff spent Monday’s practice at Latrobe, and King had lots of interesting things to say, which you can read about hereBut what caught my attention was the short video by senior report Albert Breer, who had this to say:

Takeaway No. 1—that was probably the most physical practice I’ve been to in a couple of years anywhere in the NFL, and maybe one of the five or six most physical practices I’ve been to in a dozen years covering the league. 

The article quoted Mike Tomlin:

“It’s a necessary part of the team-building process for us,” he said. “We don’t spend a lot of time worrying about what others do, we want to have a winning edge. Physicality is still as much a part of the game of football as it’s always been, from my perspective. That’s why we take our approach to team building. We got 90 guys out there, many of which are new; we’re trying to evaluate them. When you play with that level of intensity, and tackling at times, it eliminates a lot of speculation and provides clarity.”

 

Hopefully it won’t just result in weeding out some guys via injury. Mind you, it doesn’t seem possible to avoid, no matter how careful everyone is.

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Meet the New Steeler: DT Devaunte Sigler

Photo: Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star

Let’s get this out of the way first. Devaunte Sigler was a sophomore at Auburn when he was dismissed from the team for an unspecified violation of team rules. What he was actually dismissed for has apparently never surfaced. He wasn’t arrested—one of Auburn’s best players was dismissed a few months later after a marijuana arrest, but there was nothing on Sigler’s record other than a pending civil case over non-payment of his rent.

There was some speculation at the time that this was a chance for the new head coach to make a statement by dismissing a marginal player. There was also speculation that Sigler preferred the previous coaching staff and didn’t get along with the new coach. However, he later admitted that the downhill path, whatever it was, began before the new coach took over.

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