Steelers have surprisingly kept these players around to try to make the final roster

Gunner Olszewski, Steelers
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The Steelers made a bad choice by keeping a return specialist around

Special teams are a forgotten part of football most of the time until the pre-season portion of the year begins. Most players make their living off special teams as they get onto the roster based on that performance alone most times. There are going to be a lot of new faces that either sit in the return specialist spot or cover punts and kicks.

With the turnover that was widespread across this roster during the offseason, there is going to be a lot of competition for different special teams' duties. The Steelers will have three or four players gunning for the return specialist job come training camp. Gunner Olszewski, Jordan Byrd, Anthony Miller. and Calvin Austin III will battle for that position.

One player that shockingly stayed on the team last year, let alone this part of the offseason is Olszewski. He lost his return specialist job early into last season and lost most of his snaps at receiver. Steven Simms jumped into the fold and started to develop into a more dependable player. Olszewski accounts for a decent chunk against the cap and it makes little sense to keep him around unless he turns things around quickly this pre-season. He was another signing from last year's free agency period that has not worked out.

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