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Blount on rookie DBs: 'They are great players'

Mel Blount loves spending Sunday afternoons at Heinz Field or at home watching the Steelers. The Hall of Fame cornerback enjoys the game, a game he looks like he could still play.

Blount recently weighed in on his thoughts on the 2016 Steelers, from rookies to veteran leaders.

On the defense as a whole:"I think it all depends on injuries. Anytime when you are going into a campaign you have to have healthy people. If they can keep everybody healthy, their chances are as good as anybody."

On rookies Artie Burns and Sean Davis:
"I am excited. I think they are good young players. It's a matter of getting in there and learning the system and staying healthy. And just go play. They are great players and we need big contributions from them. It's going to be exciting to see what they can do."

On if it's hard for rookies to step right in and play:
"I think it's tough, but when you scout players and draft them there is a certain level of expectation. I think the level is high for them. We need them to stay healthy and I keep emphasizing that because you need to play at a high level."

On having a veteran like William Gay being a leader of the secondary:
"It's important not only from a leadership standpoint, but just sitting down talking to guys, keeping the guys encouraged and letting them know they can play on this level. It's important to have veterans on the team to make sure these young guys come in and know the expectation level and what the culture is and how we do things the Steelers way."

On the offense:
"I love the whole game. I love the offense, special teams, and defense. It's a complete game when you have that kind of package. I love the offense. You get excited when you see people put the ball in the end zone, but you also get excited to see defenses rise up and stop them."

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