Steelers training camp: Early winners and losers before the pads come on

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Winner: Kenny Robinson

The Pittsburgh Steelers are going to have a real competition for the final safety spot on the roster, and Kenny Robinson is making a fantastic push so far to be the guy. Robinson was originally selected by the Carolina Panthers in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, and many fans are already familiar of the safety during his time at West Virginia.

While he has played primarily against backups so far, Robinson has really caught the attention of the coaching staff thanks to his ball skills and run support. On Sunday's practice, Robinson picked off QB Mason Rudolph two times and crashed downhill to make an excellent play on RB Anthony McFarland.

This is still football in shorts, so we need to see how he plays when the full pads come on, but the results have been very promising so far. At 6'2'' and 202 pounds, Robinson has good size for the position, but he needs to continue to show versatility in the secondary.

Ultimately, the decision as to whether or not he belongs on the 53-man roster this year will come down to his ability to contribute on special teams. Even with his very strong start to Steelers training camp, Robinson may still be on the outside of the roster bubble looking in, but he's certainly trending in the right direction so far.