UNITY TWP., Pa. — The Steelers put the pads on for the first time at training camp and Broderick Jones did that for the first time at a Steeler. As a whole, it was a physical day with one-on-ones, a live team period, and much more that made the team far more intense in a Tuesday afternoon practice.
The Steelers are expecting big things from Jones this year as he enters a competition with incumbent Dan Moore Jr. However, the job will not just be handed to Jones as he starts with the second team. But the rookie tackle is off to a fast start and looked great in the one-on-ones on Tuesday.
The team has noted that Jones needs to prove he is ready to start rather than being handed the job. That makes sense from an overall perspective. Of course, Moore has improved over his years as a starter as well. It will take Jones being polished enough with his athletic upside to knock Moore off the pedestal.
Even still, Broderick Jones seems like he will inevitably start this season at some point. It might not be Week 1, but Jones is a solid bet to start at some point in the 2023 NFL season, maybe even a bit later in the year. He could experience some early struggles like most rookie tackles. That’s just the road the NFL takes with most offensive linemen, though. Jones should be expected to be a cornerstone for the Steelers for the future.