While there is a lot to be excited about in this new Steeler receiving group, one big question that will have to be answered is who will be the initial slot receiver for the offense. While I’ve grown fond of Anthony Miller because of his slot ability, another name should be added to the mix. Steven Sims, while not as big of a name as Miller, could potentially be a fit early in the slot.
Sims began his career in Washington, and despite his late-round status, he looked good as a rookie. Sharp routes along the inside netted him 34 receptions and four touchdowns. While he isn’t overly dynamic with the ball in his hands, he can get open and move the chains. The team will need some sort of consistency in their receiver ranks and Sims could end up being that guy.
While his 2022 season was almost identical to Miller’s (meaning they both just rode the bench), Sims could stake a claim at the slot position sooner than later. IF he gets off to a hot start in camp and builds a rapport with one of the quarterbacks, he may not just find himself on the roster, but actually starting in the slot by week one. Don’t be surprised to see him earn a spot in what should be a competitive slot receiver race.
The Steelers head into training camp with a mostly put-together roster. That said, there are some sleepers who could end up earning a roster spot. While they are underdogs right now, these four players could surprisingly end up on the final roster once camp concludes.