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2018 Steelers Training Camp Player Preview – RJ Prince

July 13, 2018
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2018 Steelers Training Camp Player Preview – RJ Prince

For rookie RJ Prince, being at the right place at the right time is everything. His performance during Steelers minicamp in May, earned him a rookie contract. Then during OTAs, a season-ending injury to third-year tackle and projected roster lineman Jerald Hawkins, opened the door of opportunity even wider. As it stands, Prince’s competition at backup offensive lineman includes this year’s third round pick Chukwuma Okorafor, reserve roster player Matt Feiler, former Atlanta Falcons tackle Jake Rodgers, and Duquesne standout lineman Larson Graham.

 

In all likelyhood, Feiler is the one to take over the backup tackle spot; however, Prince should not be discouraged by any means. Coming into training camp, availability will be an imporant factor. Prince must come into camp in the right physical condition, in order to handle the amount of contact that come with Steelers training camp. Secondly for Prince, position flexibility is important.

In addition to starting at the guard position in his junior and senior year, Prince was a reserve offensive tackle and punt protector. To gain a potential roster spot, it is imperative for Prince to show that he can handle as many position on the offensive line including special teams. There are many avenues Prince can take in order to gain a  roster spot, yet considering that he as only 23 career starts, a spot on the practice squad is a victory itself.

 

Kelly Anozie http://www.pittsburgh-blitz.com

Born and raised Ottawa, Ontario Canada, Kelly is a Steelers contributor to The Point of Pittsburgh. Formerly a contributor for SBNation's 'Behind the Steel Curtain'. Kelly can be reached via the Twitter handle @kanozie80

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