The Pittsburgh Steelers will be back at Saint Vincent College for training camp for the first time since the pandemic, where players will report on July 26.
Below, let’s dive into some key storylines ahead of the Steelers camp opening.Key Storylines and Additions
There are a lot of questions heading into this training camp for the Steelers, with the biggest surrounding the starting quarterback competition. For the first time since Ben Roethlisberger took the starting job in 2004, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be appointing a new signal caller. Three names will be in the mix for the coveted position, led by free agent signing Mitch Trubisky and first-round draft pick Kenny Pickett. Mason Rudolph is a long shot, but he’s still included in the conversation with no clear-cut pecking order established yet. The Steelers made it into the playoffs on the last evening of the NFL season last year, meaning improved play at the quarterback position should go a long way in reestablishing this team as a threat in the powerful AFC North. Trubisky would need to falter, while Pickett would need a breakout camp for the rookie to steal the job. If that doesn’t happen, the Steelers will likely rely on their strong defense and the moderately higher floor Trubisky offers.
Adding James Daniels and Mason Cole should help give whoever is passing the ball more time in the pocket, while these three options will represent a more mobile threat than Big Ben was at the end of his career. Regardless, the quarterback battle will dominate headlines, and the Steelers’ faith in 2022-23 will likely come down to how much success they have at the critical position.
Adding to the offensive line will also help sophomore running back Najee Harris. He recorded ten all-purpose touchdowns in his rookie season but struggled in efficiency averaging just 3.9 yards per carry. Improvement on the line should help bolster his numbers, and how this new look offensive line gels will be things to watch through training camp.
The defense should still be as ferocious as ever, led by 2022 Defensive Player of the Year T.J. Watt. Free agent signings Myles Jack, Levi Wallace, and Larry Ogunjobi should help bolster an already strong unit.Key Departures
The Steelers lost one of their top slot weapons in JuJu Smith-Schuster this offseason to the Kansas City Chiefs, while Stephon Tuitt officially retired. In addition, the Steelers lost Joe Haden in the secondary, but the other two are more likely felt this season.
The Steelers will likely live and die by their defense this year, which is why everyone will be focused on the offense in training camp. If things click and one of their potential quarterbacks can emerge as a viable starter, the Steelers could keep things competitive in an already stacked AFC North.