The Steelers 2020 NFL Draft is in the books, but here are four Pittsburgh players whose jobs may be in jeopardy for the upcoming NFL season.
Though the Steelers lost Javon Hargrave and Ramon Foster among other reserve players this offseason, they may have helped themselves with their return. Despite not having a first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Steelers may have landed a few players who could help them out early.
Chase Claypool stands to be in the mix on offense potentially from week one, while Anthony McFarland could give the Steelers a much-needed spark on the ground. In addition, offseason acquisitions like Eric Ebron, Stefen Wisniewski, and Chris Wormley could prove to play key roles for Pittsburgh this year.
The NFL draft is a time for teams to add talent, but as it always does, others are forced off the roster as a result. Here are four players whose jobs are in jeopardy after the 2020 NFL Draft:
RB Jaylen Samuels
If the Steelers went running back in the 2020 draft, most were expecting them to do so early. Instead, they went with Maryland’s Anthony McFarland with the first of their fourth-round selections.
McFarland offers an element of speed Pittsburgh didn’t otherwise have in their backfield. Though Jaylen Samuels is arguably Pittburgh’s top pass-catching back, he could end up being a roster casualty. James Conner isn’t going anywhere, and Benny Snell is a 2019 draft choice entering his second season.
The Steelers could break the trend and make an exception for Samuels as their fourth running back. But if they don’t, he will likely be the one gone.