Steelers HC Mike Tomlin on G Kevin Dotson: ‘Don’t anoint him just yet’

There’s been a lot of talk surrounding Pittsburgh Steelers second-year guard Kevin Dotson this offseason — particularly from the mouth of head coach Mike Tomlin — and it hasn’t all been good.

From rumors to showing up to Pittsburgh out of shape to being demoted to backup guard, Dotson has been contending with a lot of gossip.

But, today, there’s good news! Sort of…

For the first time since Dotson started working with the team at training camp, he’s practicing with the starters.

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When ESPN’s Brooke Pryor asked Tomlin if Dotson working with the first team directly resulted from his performance versus the Eagles, Tomlin wasn’t exactly ready to shower his guard with praise.

“I think we gave some guys the day off,” Tomlin told Steelers media after practice. “Sometimes, when you give a guy the day off, it gives other guys the opportunity to elevate. We gave Trai Turner a day off, and so we looked at some combination of guys.”

“[Dotson] did perform well in the game, but I wouldn’t anoint him just yet.”

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