Check out the sights and sounds of Pittsburgh Steelers OTAs
By Tommy Jaggi
The Pittsburgh Steelers are hosting their 2022 voluntary organized team activities. Here are some of the best sights and sounds so far.
It’s not quite the NFL football we have all been waiting for, but at least it’s something. There isn’t a lot to gauge from organized team activities, but fans have been anxiously waiting to see their players take the field — even if it’s just voluntary practice in shorts.
If you’ve suffered from a case of the offseason blues, perhaps some of these clips of the Pittsburgh Steelers can cheer you up. Here’s a look at some of the best sights and sounds from OTAs so far:
How can this not get you pumped up for the 2022 season? OTAs look different this year without some of the old veterans on hand at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, but we certainly have a lot to look forward to.
New-look Steelers should be exciting
Headlining the summer battles this year is the intriguing quarterback competition. For the first time since 1996, the Steelers don’t have a clear starter on the roster and the competition will be admittedly left open.
This certainly isn’t something fans are used to seeing, but it’s going to make this summer all the more exciting. Obviously, we should all be rooting for the best man to win the job out of training camp, but knowing that Kenny Pickett was taken in the first round to be the future QB of this team, I’ll be rooting for him to see the field early in his NFL career.
In addition to the quarterback position, we get the privilege of watching a young, talented group of wide receivers battle it out this summer. After losing JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington, and Ray-Ray McCloud, the Steelers invested highly into the WR position with George Pickens and Calvin Austin early in the 2022 NFL Draft. They also claimed former third-round pick, Myles Boykin off waivers just before the draft and signed All-Pro return specialist, Gunner Olszewski, this offseason.
The two most notable names absent from organized team activities are Diontae Johnson and Stephon Tuitt. Johnson’s absence comes shortly after being unable to attend his own youth football camp in Pittsburgh due to a flight delay. His absence from OTAs could be due to contractual issues as he awaits a new deal.
Tuitt, meanwhile, is said to be working out from home, and fellow defensive linemen Cameron Heyward and Tyson Alualu seem to be very confident that he will return to the field and rejoin his teammates at some point soon.
There are some interesting storylines to keep an eye on as OTAs continue and as we get closer to mandatory minicamp. Stay tuned for the latest Steelers news!