Two Pittsburgh Steelers youngsters are quietly getting more and more snaps - and that means a couple veterans who usually get those snaps are sitting on the bench more.
It's all part of a "changing of the guard" in Pittsburgh, according to SB Nation.
"becoming the team’s No. 3 cornerback over veteran William Gay. Before the team’s Week 1 game against the , Hilton was getting ‘some’ reps with the first team defense, and he and Gay split time as the nickel cornerback the first two weeks. However, things changed in their Week 3 game against the .
In Week 3, Hilton played twice as many snaps as Gay (20 plays to 10), and the trend continued into Week 4 where Hilton played 44 snaps, while Gay just 28.
It isn’t as if Gay isn’t playing anymore, but he is now the dime defensive back, and Hilton has certainly leap frogged him on the team’s depth chart, regardless of what the team’s official depth chart might suggest."
And then there's rookie wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster who is slowly gaining more snaps at the expense of burner Martavis Bryant, who could simply be taking a bit longer than usual to get back into stride after a year-long suspension.
"(54) played more snaps than (48), something not many were predicting before the season started. However, Smith-Schuster’s blocking ability certainly gets him on the field more in running situations.
And let's not also forget 39-year-old veteran linebacker James Harrison, who has largely been riding the bench as rookie T.J. Watt and youngster Anthony Chickillo continue to prove that they belong on the field.
Things are changing in Pittsburgh.