LATROBE, Pa. -- Want to gauge how serious the Steelers are about getting their best players on the field?
On defense, that's easy: Count the defensive backs. If there are seven on the field, as was the case several snaps in a row at one stage of the team's training camp session Sunday at sun-drenched Saint Vincent College, then that's a pretty powerful indicator. Because the alpha males in this setting, unquestionably, are in the secondary.
Put it this way: "Mike Hilton."
That was Ben Roethlisberger's no-hesitation reply afterward when asked if anyone's standing out in this set.
"He's the guy I look at out there," Roethlisberger continued. "He's that guy I look at a lot, who's in the slot, guarding guys ... really good blitzing and really good covering."