The Steelers replenished their weapons on offense
This offseason represented a change in one of their strongest positional groups over the last several years. The receiving group was one that had a lot of talent and depth until this past off-season. Three starters that played different starting roles on the Steelers offense departed the club via free agency.
JuJu Smith-Schuster got hurt early on and was lost for the season before recently signing with the Kansas City Chiefs. Other players that were expected to fill his shoes in different capacities left as well. Ray-Ray McCloud and James Washington also signed elsewhere. All those spots left a giant vacancy both at a starting spot and in terms of depth.
The Steelers have become one of the best teams at evaluating receivers in the draft. Many thought they would add in free agency as well, but they trusted their process. Pittsburgh was able to add two talented receivers that could bring different elements to this offense. George Pickens and Calvin Austin III were selected during the earlier half of the event.
Getting younger and finding playmakers was high on the to-do list for this franchise. The black and gold were able to accomplish that during the draft. They will enter 2022 with new players at the position but some quality depth behind their starters as well.