One thought for all 90 players on the Steelers roster entering training camp

  • A plethora of defensive backs in the mix
  • Plenty of developmental prospects on the roster

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Wide receiver: Biggest competition is from the slot

Diontae Johnson: There has been no evidence to suggest that Diontae Johnson won't once again lead the Pittsburgh Steelers in targets in 2023. He's one of the best in the league at getting open, but he needs to be much more consistent and better with the ball in his hands this year.

George Pickens: The former five-star recruit might already be the flashiest player on Pittsburgh's roster. Pickens had one of the most limited route trees in the NFL last year, but it just didn't matter thanks to how dominant he was with the ball in the air. A second-year leap could catapult him into WR1 status.

Allen Robinson II: The Steelers traded for Allen Robinson following the 2023 NFL Draft. The former Penn State product has had back-to-back down years, but health has played a big factor. Pittsburgh is hoping he can be a stable presence from the slot this year.

Calvin Austin III: Fans were excited for Austin as a rookie, but a foot injury ended his first season before it even began. Now the fastest player on the roster will have a chance to carve out a role on offense in 2023. Austin's speed and run-after-cath ability could be an asset, despite his tiny frame.

Miles Boykin: Despite almost having no role on offense, Boykin is a relatively safe bet to stick around thanks to his outstanding ability as a special teams coverage unit player. His ability as a gunner should have him sticking around once again as a bottom-of-the-roster receiver.

Gunner Olszewski: After being a former Pro Bowl special teamer with the Patriots, Olszewski needs to be much more effective in this department with the Steelers if he wants to stick on the roster in 2023. His role and impact on offense just won't be big enough.

Hakeem Butler: Butler was one of the biggest stars of the XFL this past season thanks to his ability to reel them in the ball with his massive catch radius. Butler is a long shot to be a relevant player on offense, so his biggest competition could be Miles Boykin. He will need to prove himself on special teams to stick on the 53-man roster.

Dez Fitzpatrick: The former Louisville star has bounced around early in his NFL career. He is one of several players fighting for the final wide receiver spot and a big preseason performance is essential for the 6'2'' receiver.

Cody White: White has stuck around on Pittsburgh's practice squad for the past few years now. While he would love to have a spot on the 53-man roster, his skillset is nothing to write home about. White is one first to arrive at the practice field and the last to leave. The coaching staff loves him, but they may not be enough.

Jordan Byrd: A return specialist by trade, Byrd is going to have a really difficult path to the roster. At 5'9'' and 170 pounds, the rookie out of San Diego State will need to be an electrifying return man to catch the attention of the coaching staff.

Ja'Marcus Bradley: Bradley will need to make the most of his preseason opportunities. The Louisiana-Lafayette product has bounced around the NFL early in his career, and he's a long shot to find his permanent home in Pittsburgh.

Dan Chisena: The Steelers are familiar with the former Penn State product. At 6'3'' and 206 pounds, Chisena has size on his side, but the third-year receiver will need to stand out as a special teams defenseman this preseason to warrant practice squad consideration.