Pittsburgh Steelers release first depth chart of training camp ahead of Friday night lights

In just a few hours, fans will be flocking to the stands to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers take part in their famous “Friday Night Lights” game of training camp. However, prior to the event, Pittsburgh released its first edition of a depth chart on Steelers.com. Please note that the initial depth chart doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of what the regular season depth chart may look like, as rookies normally end up at the bottom and have to “prove themselves” before work your way up. Most teams will simply release a draft at this point in training camp, knowing full well that a lot will change over the next month.

When viewing, note that the depth goes from left to right before going up and down. For example, looking at the WR position at the top of the depth chart, Gunner Olszewski leads rookie Calvin Austin III with Diontae Johnson and Anthony Miller ahead of Olszewski.

Some notable elements of the initial depth chart:

– Kevin Dotson and Kendrick Green are listed as co-starters with the “OR” designation. This lines up with what’s been reported given the competition between Dotson and Green as well as Alex Kozora’s report that they’re rotating first and second team reps to start training camp.

– Connor Heyward is listed above last year’s TE3 Kevin Rader as TE3 on the depth chart. It might be nothing, but it’s also not a good sign for Rader given that rookies are normally placed lower on the initial depth chart.

– George Pickens is listed as a starter in three sets of receivers. This was expected if Pickens could prove he could relate early in camp. Considering the number of standout games and hype he got in the first two weeks of training camp, expect him to see the field as soon as possible as a rookie, potentially gaining a high share as early as week 1.

– Larry Ogunjobi is listed ahead of Chris Wormley at DE. Wormley started last year at DE opposite Cam Heyward, but following Ogunjobi’s signing there was speculation as to how this rotation would play out. Given that Ogunjobi is still relieved after foot surgery this offseason and is still listed ahead of Wormley on the initial depth chart, this could be an indicator that Pittsburgh intends to see Ogunjobi play more snaps than Wormley in 2022.

– Devin Bush and Robert Spillane are also listed as co-starters at LILB opposite Myles Jack. It also fits with camp reports with Spillane rotating with the first-team defence, having a solid training camp so far.

– Levi Wallace and Akhello Witherspoon are also listed as co-starters at the LCB with Cam Sutton starting at the RCB and Arthur Maulet listed as the starting nickel CB. It was believed that when Pittsburgh went nickel, Sutton would kick inside in the slot with Wallace and Witherspoon playing on the outside. Obviously, nothing is set in stone here as Pittsburgh has yet to decide which two CBs will start in their 3-4 base defense and then see how they divide the work when going with their nickel defense. Still, a good sign for Maulet who is fighting for a spot in the roster to have his name in the conversation for the nickel role.

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