4 Steelers that could see a depth chart demotion after camp

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud (14) Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

With the NFL offseason winding down, here are four Steelers players who could see a demotion on the initial depth chart.

The NFL season is getting ever closer, and as the preseason wraps up, the Steelers depth chart appears more set each day. With camp wrapped up and one final preseason game upcoming, the team should have a pretty good idea as to who will make up their 53-man roster.

Based on some surprisingly solid play, and some offseason disappointment from perceived starters, these former players may see themselves move down the roster. Here are the four Steelers that could be facing a demotion once the regular season starts.

Steelers Ray-Ray McCloud

Moving up: Matthew Sexton

While Ray-Ray McCloud was a surprising late-season addition last year, he was a key reason the return game got back on track. Before him, a myriad of mediocre players such as Ryan Switzer was holding this unit back. McCloud changed all that, and while his offensive production wasn’t immense, he was a gadget player that was seemingly set to build off of that role with the addition of Matt Canada as the offensive coordinator.

While he hasn’t done much to hurt his roster odds, he also has seen offseason addition Matthew Sexton make a significant push as a return option. While Sexton hasn’t touched the ball on offense, he has averaged an impressive 29.3 yards on three punt returns. While a similar player to McCloud, Sexton has better straight-line speed. If he continues to show out as a returner and can make some sort of an impact on offense in the final preseason game, it wouldn’t be shocking to see him leap McCloud en route to a roster spot.

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