Steelers training camp preview: FB Roosevelt Nix could see increased role
The Tribune-Review will examine each position on the Steelers roster as they prepare to report for training camp July 25 at Saint Vincent. Today's installment looks at the two fullbacks:
Roosevelt Nix: The Steelers thought enough of Nix's blocking skills that they signed him to a four-year contract in February. That's how much they value a player who was on the field for a career-high 16.4 percent of the offensive snaps last year yet contributed his first career rushing and receiving touchdowns.
Jaylen Samuels: The fifth-round draft pick is more of an H-back than a traditional fullback, but he did it all at N.C. State.
His pass-catching skills — Samuels is a converted tight end — make him valuable on third down.
Will Nix become a bigger part of the offense?
Offensive coordinator Todd Haley made some confounding decisions by often keeping Nix on the sidelines in obvious running situations. With Randy Fichtner in charge, it will be worth watching to see if Nix is used more frequently as a blocker.
Next: Wide receivers