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Isaac Seumalo sees the Steelers rookie linemen helping out a lot in 2024

Most of us have been in the situation where they find themselves as a veteran in a field and having to help/nurture a rookie/new member of the team.

Maybe it’s what you do for a living, a job you’ve worked for the last 20 years and now have to train the next group of newbies to do the job, and do it correctly. Odds are you are willing to help, but aren’t necessarily thrilled about doing it either.

Chalk that up to what the Steelers offensive line is experiencing as the team’s three new linemen are all getting acclimated to life in the NFL. Whether you’re talking about 1st Round pick Troy Fautanu, 2nd Round pick Zach Frazier, or 4th Round pick Mason McCormick, the Steelers have invested heavily in the offensive line. The hope is players like Isaac Seumalo are able to not just help, but take them under their wing and teach them the ropes.

Seumalo has done just that in the early portions of Organized Team Activities (OTAs), and has seen great results from the trio of rookies in the black-and-gold.

“They’ve been awesome,” said Seumalo. “Super coachable, obviously super talented. Have come in and all they want to do is learn and get better. And that’s great because that’s all we’re all here to do.”

When Fautanu was drafted and came into the facility for rookie minicamp, he talked about how he is next to Seumalo in the locker room, and plans on gluing himself next to him to learn as much as possible. However, Seumalo is taking more of a hands-off approach with the rookies as not to overwhelm them with information as they start their professional careers.

“I think he gets coached so much, I just try to help where I can,” said Seumalo. “I don’t want to push. I think these rookies, to a certain degree, kind of want to find and earn their own keep. I’ll help here and there.

“It’s been great, having him here, all three of the rookies. They’re going to help our team a lot.”

While Fautanu spoke about sticking with Seumalo, his ability to work with Frazier might be even more telling considering the guard and center have to be on the same page at all times. When asked what he’s seen in Frazier thus far, it’s so-far-so-good.

“He’s still a rookie and it’s coming along,” said Seumalo. “It’s coming along quickly. I will say Nate’s (Herbig) been doing a great job. It’ll be a fun competition for both of them. Whoever shows up, I know will be able to help us a lot.”

It’s early in the process, and it is difficult to gauge just how well the offensive line is performing considering there is no physicality happening in the trenches at this stage of the preseason. Nonetheless, early returns from the trio of rookies is positive, and that’s a very good thing.

Be sure to stay tuned to SCN for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the rest of the offseason and get ready for the regular season.


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