Sport Chuks Okorafor not feeling extra pressure in move to Steelers left tackle
Pittsburgh Steelers 2021 schedule: Toughest stretch, opponent preview, key matchups, predictions and more
As always, it's Super Bowl or bust in the City of ChampionsDespite facing the NFL's toughest schedule this season, Mike Tomlin is keeping his team's sights set on pursuing the franchise's seventh Vince Lombardi Trophy. If they want to make a Super Bowl run, Pittsburgh will first have to get through a competitive AFC North division that includes two teams that made the playoffs in 2020 in the Ravens and the Browns. Speaking of the Browns, it was Cleveland that staged an upset of Pittsburgh in the wild card round of the 2020 playoffs.
The Steelers offensive line underwent a lot of changes this offseason, including the departure of starting left tackle Alejandro Villanueva as a free agent.
Pittsburgh didn’t sign a veteran to replace him and they didn’t draft a tackle until the fourth round, which leavesas the likely starter to begin the season. Okorafor started 15 games at right tackle after was injured last season, but feels confident he can handle the new position and said on Thursday that he won’t take a different approach than last season.
“I feel like there isn’t,” Okorafor said, via Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “If it’s playing left tackle, left guard or center, it’s still having to block for [Ben Roethlisberger] and block for . . . whoever’s running the ball. If it’s left side, right side, center, it doesn’t matter to me. It’s moreso about having sure whoever is playing, it’s just having to block well.”
Steelers Minicamp Tracker: Compiling various reports from Day 1
The Steelers are at Heinz Field for the final phase of the 2021 offseason.When it comes to reports from mandatory minicamp, there may not be much information for Steelers fans. One thing we know for sure is Steelers Live will be presenting a show at 1 PM while minicamp is going on at Heinz Field. The link to that show will be in the tracker below as soon as it is available.
The Steelers will also have a new center and left guard to go with the returning Banner and right guard, so Okorafor isn’t the only player who will have to prove they can block well enough to get the where it wants to go this year.
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