Now that the Draft is firmly in the past, the long wait until training camp or any kind of glimmer that football season is around the corner seems unending.
Fear not. Organized team activities (OTAs) kicked off on Tuesday. Players will gather for workouts or tell scary stories around campfires or something.
“It’s a chance for the guys to get back together and start working as a group,” said linebacker Larry Foote. “It really benefits the younger guys, second and third year guys. It’s easy to forget things during the time off. Getting out there and running around and playing football, it’s a good thing. We need it. I think it is needed for the game to have the OTAs.”
“OTAs are a time when we all start to gel, the quarterbacks and the receivers and running backs all start to mesh,” said running back Isaac Redman. “We get back to work on everything and refresh everything.
“It’s a good chance for everyone to be together. You miss it. You enjoy being around everyone, being in the locker room.”
OTAs also give the Steelers a chance to take the first steps towards bettering the disappointing 8-8 record from last season.
“The mindset of Pittsburgh, the organization, 8-8 is not good enough especially with the success we have had,” said Foote. “For the older guys we know it’s now. We have some guys left and if we want to make a few more runs at the Super Bowl, we have to do it now. You never know when it’s going to be your last play. You have to have the mindset that this is it.”