Gradkowski knows it all starts up front


LATROBE, Pa. - Bruce Gradkowski may be late to the on-field party at St. Vincent College, but like seemingly everyone else he recognizes the pedigree and the potential of the Steelers' offense.

"With 2-6 in the backfield and 8-4 outside, 7 at your QB and the offensive line we have, you don't see that very often," the Steelers' backup quarterback assessed.

Nor, in Gradkowski's estimation, do you find the type of complements to running back Le'Veon Bell, wide receiver Antonio Brown and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger that the Steelers possess.

"The other receivers, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Martavis Bryant, continue to make plays, and Markus Wheaton," Gradkowski said. "That's what you need.

"But I think it all starts up front. Our offensive line did a tremendous job protecting Ben last year, so we have the talent. It's all dependent on us not beating ourselves and continuing to do the right things."

Gradkowski is the latest to embrace a sky's-the-limit expectation for the offense in 2015.

"We have a lot of hungry football players on this team," he said. "They may be young but they want to win, they want to win championships. And Ben's been there and done that so his leadership will help these young guys come along.

"I think we have more than enough talent to do what we need to do."

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