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Is Broderick Jones Ready To Start In His Rookie Season?


Photo Credit: Abigail Dean/Pittsburgh Steelers


Rookie offensive tackle Broderick Jones has yet to take an NFL snap, and he's arguably one of the most discussed rookies in this year's NFL Draft.


Since the beginning of OTAs, much of the discussion has revolved around his possible status as the Pittsburgh Steelers' starting left tackle over current starter Dan Moore Jr.


This past week, fellow offensive lineman Kevin Dotson made news with his opinion on the matter, suggesting that Jones would not see a snap at left tackle this season. However, according to a piece by triblive.com writer Joe Rutter on Friday, Moore Jr. confirmed that he was taking snaps at right tackle; meanwhile, Jones was taking first-team snaps at left tackle.


Even with this, nothing has been written in stone as the Steelers reach the final week of OTAs and the three-day mandatory minicamp taking place from June 13th to June 15th.


Oddly enough, Jones finds himself in familiar territory. Prior to his junior year with Georgia, Jones had only started four games since his freshman year. When he was fully instilled as the starter at left tackle, he surrendered no sacks and just two quarterback hits on 933 offensive snaps. He shined using his athleticism and physicality, earning first-team All-SEC honors last year.


If his history suggests anything, not only should one expect Jones to be comfortable as the team's starting left tackle, but they should also expect him to excel. With Pat Meyer as his coach and veterans like Isaac Seumalo and Le'Raven Clark playing the role of mentors, Jones is on the right path in his development.

 

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