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Zach Frazier and the Steelers rookie linemen working hard to get acclimated

The Pittsburgh Steelers invested heavily into their offensive line this offseason, and predominantly in the 2024 NFL Draft. The team took three linemen in the first four rounds of the draft process, putting a huge emphasis on fixing the line. This being the same line which has been in need of repair for years after the retirements of players like Maurkice Pouncey, Ramon Foster, Alejandro Villanueva and David DeCastro.

While the players have been acquired to help fix the line, it isn’t like this will be an immediate fix. These new players will need plenty of time to get acclimated to life in the NFL, but that’s something rookie center Zach Frazier said is going well after mandatory minicamp concluded just last week.

“We’re all working together,” said Frazier. “We’re all going through it together. Learning everything as quickly as possible and working as hard as we can to fix our mistakes.”

The person these rookie linemen will be leaning on to help them with the acclimation process is offensive line coach Pat Meyer. While some fans weren’t thrilled when Meyer was retained by the organization, Frazier said Meyer and all the offensive line coaches have been tremendous in the early portions of their professional careers.

“He’s been great teaching us,” said Frazier of Meyer. “All three of our offensive line coaches have helped us and have done a great job teaching us and putting it in a way we can absorb it and learn it quickly.”

As it pertains to the player’s expectations, Frazier talked about how he expected the learning curve to be much steeper than any other point in his career.

“That’s just what you get going from college to the next level,” said Frazier. “I think we all expected that and are ready for that.”

Specifically to Frazier, he has been working a lot with Russell Wilson, the quarterback most are assuming he’ll be snapping the ball to in 2024, and Wilson has been extremely helpful with the rookie center to help him be prepared for what is about to go down when the true bullets start flying in training camp.

“It’s been great. He’s helped out a lot,” said Frazier. “As a center it’s my job to make sure I get the snaps back there and have a clean quarterback-center exchange. Just working on that and he’s been helping.”

Will Frazier be the starting center? Will Troy Fautanu claim a starting tackle spot? All that will be deciphered at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA when the players report for training camp on July 24th. Be sure to stay tuned to SCN for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers throughout the rest of the offseason.


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