These Steelers have a legit shot at either losing their starting job or roster spot if they are not careful.
The Steelers just finished their training camp at Saint Vincent college for the first time since the Covid pandemic began. It was a good competitive couple of weeks that started to separate some players from the pack. Starters have emerged in some battles while others have just gotten neck and neck.
Other situations about how certain bottom roster spots will be situated have also started to make more sense. Even though training camp is over, these players still have time to figure out their respective plays. They are just running out of time to fix things and rebound from a tough go of things during their time in Latrobe.
Devin Bush seems primed to lose his starting job
Devin Bush has just been less than stellar during his time with Pittsburgh, and it is disappointing all around. He has shown a poor attitude that seems to merely constitute himself as a hostage with the team now. That attitude is not going to get him anywhere to where he wants to be going forward in his career.
Robert Spillane continues to push for his starting job, something that many fans should not be too excited about. He is an experienced backup, but it says more about how poorly Bush is playing right now. Bush looks like he might just never be able to rebound from injury and might be out of the NFL very soon if he continues to play this poorly and show an even worse attitude.
Mason Rudolph could find his way off the Steelers soon
Mason Rudolph has been trying his hardest to stay in the quarterback competition since camp started. He was probably the most consistent out of all three players fighting for the starting job during a couple of weeks being housed at that campus. He had a head start since he knew the offense well and both Kenny Pickett and Mitch Trubisky slowly caught up to him.
They both learned the offense as the days went by and their performances in practice started to pick up. Now, Rudolph looks like he could be finding another opportunity for another team soon. Reports are surfacing that he could become a trade candidate, which would probably mean another veteran quarterback would be brought in as the third guy on the roster.
Marcus Allen has yet to return from an injury this preseason
The inside linebacker group is in shambles now besides Myles Jack being the lone positive light. The starters for this group have not been great like Bush or Spillane, and maybe they are just back up type players. Those behind them have shown some good things in camp, but one player missed the entirety of it.
Marcus Allen was out with a lingering injury and that gave a lot more snaps to the younger guys like Buddy Johnson and Mark Robinson. Both had up and down performances in Latrobe, but one or both could knock Allen off the Steelers roster. He needs to return from injury soon, or he could wind up not playing on gamedays.
Kevin Dotson could lose his starting spot on the Steelers O-line
Kevin Dotson was another player that missed some time in camp with an injury. It caused him to give Kendrick Green all the starting snaps and an opportunity to win the left guard spot on the offensive line. Dotson is now behind the eight ball as his health continues to hold his career back from an improvement standpoint.
Green could very well be the starter if the coaches see enough things that they like from the Steelers former center. Dotson needs to find a way to stay healthy and stay on the field because he is a better player than Green is currently. The best ability is availability and Dotson is not displaying that right now, unfortunately.
The Steelers have a lot of things to sort out before the regular season begins. Some starters and role players could have their jobs on the line from now and into the regular slate of games.