Five questions with... Jerame Tuman

It was assumed when the Steelers selected tight end Heath Miller with their No. 1 pick that Jerame Tuman's days in the starting lineup were numbered. Yet at the conclusion of the team's training camp, Tuman remains entrenched in the starting lineup.

Q: When the No. 1 pick plays the same position as you, there's some added pressure, right?

JT: Not really any more than I ever put on myself. Heath's a good player, but he's not the first guy they've brought in here. They brought in Jay (Riemersma) a couple of years ago. But I've been the starter now for going on three years. I'm not about to give it up.

Q: When and how did you find out they had taken a tight end No. 1?

JT: Well, I pretty much knew going into the draft that was what they were going to do if he was still there. But I was watching the draft as it happened. I always do just to see where guys end up.

Q: Watching to see where those Michigan guys land?

JT: Right. I've always liked the draft.

Q: Does it really matter who the starter is since this team uses the two tight end formation so much?

JT: Not really. That's the thing about it, we use the tight end so much, especially in the running game. And we do use a lot of double tight end formations, so who starts and who doesn't, it doesn't really matter. Heath's going to be good, though. He's a hard worker and he'll fit right in.

Q: What about your contract, any movement on that?

JT: Not that I'm aware of. But I'm sure something will get done eventually with that. I'm not really concerned about it. I'd love to stay here, but I'm not going to worry about the future. What's meant to be is meant to be.


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