If there is such a thing as a training camp Phenom, pass rusher Olasunkamni Adeniyi is arguably one of the best the Pittsburgh Steelers have ever had.
Coming out of Toledo in 2018, Adeniyi came into Steelers training camp with few expectations. As time went on, Adeniyi displayed his pass rush abilities during practices and received excellent reviews from Steelers coaches and players.
Donning former linebacker James Harrison's legendary #92, Adeniyi was not only highly productive, at times he seemed like the best defensive player on the field. In his first preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles that year, he recorded a sack and forced fumble; by the end of the preseason, he had collected three sacks and several quarterback pressures. His performance that preseason likely what contributed to the release of fellow pass rusher Keion Adams, their 7th-round pick from the 2017 NFL Draft.
What has defined Adeniyi as much as his preseason performances, have been various injuries that have derailed his momentum. That year, he was placed on season-ending injury reserve and only played in one game. Last August, Adeniyi underwent surgery following a meniscus tear during the preseason.
Despite playing in 16 games last season, Adeniyi has only shown shades of the player who wowed fans during the preseason. If one considers the addition pass rusher Alex Highsmith in this year's NFL Draft and the signing of fellow Toledo pass rusher Tuzar Skipper, time could be limited for Adeniyi to prove his value as a potential full-time backup.
From what he has shown in the past, a healthy and available Adeniyi can make his move to becoming more than just an occasional player.