5 significant questions for Steelers on the offensive line

The Pittsburgh Steelers made it a point to address the offensive line during the offseason, but here are five significant questions that remain entering 2023.
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3. Who will be the first guard off the bench?

Two years ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers didn't have good options at offensive guard. Now they are suddenly very deep at the position. Over the past two offseasons, the team has added James Daniels, Isaac Seumalo, and Nate Herbig.

It's presumed that Seumalo will start at left guard in 2023 with Daniels resuming his role at right guard. This is likely to be the case. But who will be the first guard off the bench in the event of an injury?

Before Seumalo was signed, many assumed that Nate Herbig would have a legitimate shot to start. The 334-pounder was a mauling run-blocker for the Jets and Eagles in the past, and this is clearly the type of football that Pittsburgh wants to play.

At the same time, Kevin Dotson has started 30 of 39 games in the first three seasons of his career. He has been inconsistent, but the flashes are impressive. The primary backup guard is almost sure to be one of these two players, and this is a battle that could truly come down to a stiff training camp competition. I think the Steelers are going to fall in love with Herbig's attitude and physical mentality -- giving him an edge as the primary swing guard.