3 biggest weaknesses on the Steelers roster

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Oftentimes, roster turnover can be a bad thing. Competitive teams that are projected to be over the cap are forced to cut players and veterans decide to leave in free agency. That doesn't appear to be the case for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2023.

Though it looked like Omar Khan was going to have a quiet free agency in his first full offseason as general manager, he was able to do much more than expected as he filled holes at several glaring positions of need. He followed this up with an outstanding draft on paper.

Despite his best efforts, there were still a few positions that Pittsburgh either wasn't able to address or that still need help. Here are the three biggest weaknesses on the Steelers roster as we look ahead to training camp.

3. Center

The Steelers had to have been happy to find Mason Cole in free agency during the 2022 offseason. After Maurkice Pouncey retired, Pittsburgh attempted to fill the void with Kendrick Green, but he proved to be one of the worst starting centers in the league in his first NFL season.

Cole at least offered a stable body with experience at the position. However, after shoring up bigger holes on the roster this past offseason, center is suddenly one of the weakest positions on the team. We know who Cole is at this stage of his NFL career, and the Steelers were at least exploring long-term options at center during the pre-draft process.

Cole will start for Pittsburgh at center this year, but this positional group doesn't even have a capable backup at the moment in the event of an injury. J.C. Hassenauer signed with the Giants during free agency, and Kendrick Green recently made the transition back to center at Steelers OTAs.

Fans shouldn't expect anything more than average play at best when it comes to the center position, and things have a chance to hit rock bottom if Cole were to go down with a major injury.