5 players on the Steelers that could unexpectantly impress this training camp

  • Keep an eye on Ryan McCollum at center
  • Don't sleep on Elijah Riley
  • Nick Kwiatkoski is ready to bounce back on the Steelers

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Safety could prove to be a vital position in the final roster construction

Safety is a position that could have a couple of situations play out at certain roles. Keanu Neal should be the starting strong safety on defense, but someone could always emerge from the shadows to try and take that spot. There are a couple of ways that some of these depth players could show the coaches that they deserve a spot on the roster and some playing time.

There is an ongoing issue at slot cornerback when it comes to potential solutions to that position. Patrick Peterson will get the first crack at solving that code, but there are a couple of players that could fill that spot. Damontae Kazee could also try some snaps there and Tre Norwood is another veteran that has shown some position flexibility in the past.

One name that has seemingly enjoyed offseason workouts to date is Elijah Riley. He has been with the Steelers since last season and could push for a roster spot. He has been in the NFL since 2020 as an undrafted free agent out of Army. He has expressed interest in trying for the slot opening no matter if that's as a starter or in a depth role.

Don't be shocked if Chandon Sullivan gets cut when final decisions need to be made. He might have the most experience in the slot, but that experience has not been the highest of quality. Riley could come into camp and find a way to show some position flexibility. After being up and down between Pittsburgh's practice squad and active roster, Riley seems set on getting on the roster full-time.