Steelers storyline #4
The Steelers saw an offseason filled with change, and one of the impacted rooms was the receiver core. The team lost three of their top receivers, and while they were prudent with replacing them, this group needs to catch on quickly if they want to set up the offense for success.
The biggest surface question is what the Steelers slot will look like. While Chase Claypool can kick inside, the team was hesitant to do so with him last season. Calvin Austin should figure in there long term but counting on the fourth-round rookie out of the gate seems unwise. The most natural name is Anthony Miller, but he is fighting for a roster spot after a quiet season here last year, let alone a starting gig.
While George Pickens seems like a great draft pick, he will need to produce sooner rather than later given the need for a third receiver on this team. While I am optimistic that he will pan out, he hasn’t played much football in recent years. Counting on him to contribute early is risky. That means this receiver group will need some other options to step up.
Finally, there are still questions with the Steelers starters heading into this season. Will Diontae Johnson play up to the contract he wants? Can Claypool rebound after a miserable second season? There are questions all over this unit. Sure, be excited about the potential, but don’t be surprised to see this group look slow out of the gate this year.