4 players on the Steelers roster bubble that can’t be cut

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Anthony Miller (17). Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Steelers bubble player #2

The Steelers saw a slew of receiving talent depart this offseason, and while the group was retooled, there are still some major question marks at the position. Specifically, with slot receiver, where JuJu Smith-Schuster played for the majority of his career here, there aren’t any clear favorites to take his spot. Calvin Austin is likely the long-term answer but expecting a rookie fourth-round pick to pick up that role instantly is unfair to him.

The best natural option may just be Anthony Miller. The former Bear and Texan target was, at one point, an up-and-coming player in the league. He has fallen on some hard times culminating in a mostly forgettable stint with the Steelers last season. He is back though, and his style of play makes him a natural slot receiver. At least early on in the season, he may be counted on to serve in that role.

While Chase Claypool and even George Pickens could fill in as the “big slot” receiver, Miller has the most natural build for the position. Add in his relationship with potential starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and he could lock up a role early in the season. The receiver room is crowded, but this team needs a slot target for the offense. As of now, he is the best fit to take on that role.