Kevin Dotson will be walking into his sophomore season with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2021. He knows what it is like to be a rookie on an NFL team and he knows what kind of expectations the Steelers are looking for going forward. Dotson walked into an unusual football season in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
He hardly had a training camp and had to deal with learning their football system virtually. So there were some obstacles Dotson had to jump through during his rookie season, but when his number was called to start with the Pittsburgh Steelers he rose to the occasion as Mike Tomlin likes to say.
Dotson's advice to the Steelers Rookie's this Season: “Once you’ve made it into the league, you’re not a rookie anymore,” Dotson said. “People are going to hold you to high expectations, even in practice. People don’t have any sympathy for ‘oh, this is his first year.’ No, it’s if you get plugged in, you need to be able to compete. We can’t slow up for anybody.”
When the Rookies get their opportunity to take the field in the NFL Dotson feels they will be ready when their names are called. He would just like to give them some advice on what to expect going forward which is a great thing to do instead of treating them like just another 'rookie' coming into your home. Harris and Friermuth are expected to get the starting nod coming into the 2021 season, but it is unclear if Kendrick Green will be able to start at the center position.
The Steelers may choose to start the season off with BJ Finney as the Steelers starting center, but over time I believe Kendrick Green should get the starting nod. If Finney cannot stay healthy in 2021 expect Green to get the starting job much quicker than many think he will in 2021.
It is great to see Kevin Dotson reach out to the Rookies and give his own advice. It means he cares about his teammates whether you're a veteran or a rookie. Dotson would like to see everyone excel on the football team because he knows that is what it will take to get to the Super Bowl in the NFL. Expect Dotson to have an even better season in 2021 and I can't wait to see how the offensive line ends up developing under their new offensive line coach Adrian Klemm...