Predicting Steelers starting lineup to start the 2020 NFL season

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The Steelers had a few key losses and a handful of addition to their team this offseason. Here’s what their starting lineup could look like in 2020.

With the NFL Draft in the books and the bulk of free agency behind us, we start to get a really clear picture of what the Steeler’s final roster might look like this fall. I recently took a stab at predicting Pittsburgh’s final 53-man roster. While it’s extremely difficult to narrow down the last few players on the roster, predicting the starting lineup in 2020 isn’t as challenging.

The Steelers are fresh out of spending money, and Kevin Colbert hinted after the draft that they were likely done with any big signings. While there are still several high-profile names sitting on the market, Pittsburgh isn’t in any position to get into a bidding war for them.

Pittsburgh’s biggest loss this offseason was Javon Hargrave. The defensive tackle signed a lucrative deal with the Philadelphia Eagles despite earning just 4.0 sacks in 16 games with the Steelers last year. In addition, the Pittsburgh also lost starting left guard, Ramon Foster, to retirement, and backup B.J. Finney signed a deal with the Seattle Seahawks. Special teams stud, Tyler Matakevich also inked a deal with the Buffalo Bills this offseason.

On the flip side, while the Steelers didn’t have a lot of spending money for free agency, they managed to land tight end Eric Ebron on a reasonable deal, and veteran interior offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski joined the squad. They also traded for Ravens defensive tackle, Chris Wormly – who is entering the final year of his rookie contract.

The Steelers were short-handed on draft choices, but players like Chase Claypool, Alex Highsmith, and Anthony McFarland could end up playing a role in year one. Here is my prediction for the Steelers starting lineup to begin the season in 2020: