Mike Tomlin: Kevin Dotson has done nothing to earn first-team reps

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The Steelers remade their offensive line this offseason and offseason discussion of the projected starters on the new-look unit included Kevin Dotson as the left guard.

Dotson started four games while filling in for injured teammates during his rookie season and the Steelers list him as a starter on their website, but he was sidelined early in camp with an ankle injury and made his first appearance in team drills on Sunday. Dotson worked with the second-team and head coach Mike Tomlin gave a direct answer to why he didn’t see snaps with the first string.

“He has done nothing to earn first-team reps,” Tomlin said, via Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com. “What are we talking about? He’s a second-year guy who hasn’t worked.”

Rashaad Coward worked with the starters while Dobson was out of team drills and remained there on Sunday. Tomlin said Coward has done “an excellent job” and that the veteran’s “level of maturity and experience” has been a benefit to the team.

2 responses to “Mike Tomlin: Kevin Dotson has done nothing to earn first-team reps

  1. You have to prove your value in practice before you get the chance to prove it in the games. Dotson was widely regarded as the best run blocker on the team last year. But he has to prove it again before he gets the first team nod. Every position on every team should be handles the same way so the best product is on the field each Sunday (and Monday and Thursday and Saturdays during the playoffs.)

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