In simply a few hours, followers will flock to the stands to observe the Pittsburgh Steelers take part of their well-known “Friday Night Lights” portion of coaching camp. However, previous to the occasion, Pittsburgh launched its first edition of a depth chart on Steelers.com. Please word that the preliminary depth chart doesn’t imply rather a lot within the grand scheme of what the common season depth chart could seem like, as rookies usually discover themselves on the backside and should “prove themselves” earlier than rising up the ranks. Most groups will merely publish a tough draft model right now of coaching camp, understanding absolutely effectively that rather a lot shall be modified over the subsequent month.
When viewing, word that depth goes left to proper earlier than it goes up and down. For instance, when wanting on the WR place on the prime of the depth chart, Gunner Olszewski is forward of rookie Calvin Austin III with Diontae Johnson and Anthony Miller forward of Olszewski.
A few notable issues from the from the preliminary depth chart:
— Kevin Dotson and Kendrick Green are listed as co-starters given the “OR” designation. This matches up with what has been reported given the competitors between Dotson and Green in addition to the reporting from Alex Kozora that they’re rotating first and second workforce reps to start out coaching camp.
— Connor Heyward is listed above final 12 months’s TE3 Kevin Rader as TE3 on the depth chart. It might be nothing, but in addition isn’t an incredible signal for Rader provided that rookies are usually positioned decrease on the preliminary depth chart.
— George Pickens is listed as a starter in three receiver units. This was anticipated if Pickens might show that he might catch on early in camp. Given the quantity of spotlight performs and hype he has gotten within the first two weeks of coaching camp, it needs to be anticipated that he’ll see the sphere sooner moderately than later as a rookie, probably incomes a excessive snap share as quickly as Week 1.
— Larry Ogunjobi is listed in entrance of Chris Wormley at DE. Wormley began final 12 months at DE reverse Cam Heyward, however after the signing of Ogunjobi, there was hypothesis how that rotation would play out. Given that Ogunjobi remains to be being eased in after foot surgical procedure this offseason and remains to be listed forward of Wormley on the preliminary depth chart, this might be an indicator that Pittsburgh intends to see Ogunjobi play extra snaps than Wormley in 2022.
— Devin Bush and Robert Spillane are additionally listed as co-starters at LILB reverse of Myles Jack. This additionally matches reviews in camp with Spillane rotating in with the primary workforce protection, to this point having a powerful coaching camp.
— Levi Wallace and Akhello Witherspoon are additionally listed as co-starters at LCB with Cam Sutton beginning at RCB and Arthur Maulet listed because the beginning nickel CB. It was believed that when Pittsburgh would go nickel Sutton would kick inside to the slot with Wallace and Witherspoon enjoying outdoors. Obviously, nothing is about in stone right here as Pittsburgh nonetheless must resolve which two CBs will begin of their base 3-4 protection after which see how they divide the labor once they go along with their nickel protection. Still, good signal for Maulet who’s combating for a roster spot to have his title within the dialog for the nickel function.