(AP) — The Steelers at the end of the training camp.
Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7-1)
Campsite: Latrobe, Pennsylvania
Last year: The Steelers reached the playoffs in the final season of QB Ben Roethlisberger, mostly with a smoke and mirror approach. The Steelers were 8-2-1 in one-score games and 1-5 when the margin was 9 points or more. They crossed the class in the playoffs and were blown away in Kansas City in Roethlisberger’s final match. Linebacker TJ Watt, whose defense struggled to run and finished in the end, seemed worth every penny on a record deal, after winning an NFL record tying a 22 1/2 sack. Won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. The rookie running with Nagy Harris in the background was as good as the one advertised. Rolled up a total of 1,667 yards and 10 touchdowns. However, pass games are pedestrian for most of the season, with protection issues and Roethlisberger’s accuracy when combined deeply to make Pittsburgh predictable and often overmatched with quality opponents. The ball could not be consistently put into the downfield due to the drop.
Important additions: QB Mitch Trubisky, QB Kenny Pickett, WR George Pickens, DE DeMarvin Leal, WR Calvin Austin III, LB Myles Jack, OL James Daniel, C Mason Cole, CB Levi Wallace, DT Larry Ogunjobi, WR Gunner Olszewski, GM Omar Khan (promoted to replace Kevin Colbert), assistant GM Kevin Weidle. Senior Defensive Assistant Brian Flores.
Significant Loss: QB Ben Roethlisberger (Retired), DE Stephan Tuit (Retired), GM Kevin Colbert (Retired), WR Juju Smith-Schuster, WR James Washington, WR Ray Ray Macleod, TE Eric Ebron, LB Joe Sho Bert, OG Tracer Turner, RT Zack Banner.
The Need for Camping: The Steelers will return to St. Vincent University for the first time since 2019 this summer, heading to the camp with a quarterback question mark for the first time in the retired generation of Roethlisberger. Perhaps even bigger than who the starter is is the agglomeration in the trenches on both sides of the ball. With the arrival of Daniel and Cole, the offensive line has been redesigned for the second time in many seasons, and the defensive line has been fully restored, in addition to Tyson Aral, the delayed addition of Ogunjobi gives long-standing Pro Bowler Kamhayward the help he needs. I hope that.
Major Camp Competitions: So far, a three-way duel between Trubisky, Pickett and Mason Rudolph dominates the conversation during August. Trubisky worked almost exclusively with the starters in organized team activities and mini-camps. So if he leaves his seat, he has to compete by a considerable margin. Ogunjobi, if healthy, could be lined up to take most of the snaps with a defensive tackle, which makes Araru a more rotating player at the age of 35.
Expectations: There is a sensory attack coordinator that Matt Canada met Roethlisberger in the middle of last season in terms of what the attack would look like. Expect Canada to add some new wrinkles. He has some quarterbacks, so he doesn’t have a Roethlisberger resume, but he can play outside his pocket. With the addition of Flores, who was fired by a dolphin in January and filed a class action against the NFL alleging racist hiring practices, head coach Mike Tomlin head coach Mike Tomlin head coach with him for his first year as a defensive coordinator. Gives another brain to choose from as Terrill Austin tries to regain a bit of toughness on the sometimes pushed defenses.
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