The light at the end of the tunnel is visible. The NFL season is set to kickoff in September, and now the first teams will head to training camp on Wednesday. One of those teams are the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are slated to play in the Hall of Fame Game against Dallas on August 5th.
The Steelers are coming off of a season that felt split into two. After an 11-0 start, the Steelers looked on a path to contending for a Super Bowl title. A loss against the Washington Football Team at home in December was the beginning of a downward spiral that saw Pittsburgh lose four of their last five games. Still, they won the AFC North and were set to host a playoff game.
The spiral wove its way into the playoffs, and the Steelers fell short to the Browns in a wild 48-37 finish.
Now, after a draft that had the Pittsburgh Steelers address the offense the first two days, there’s plenty of pressure there. Ben Roethlisberger is reaching the end of his career, and this could end up being the last hurrah.
There are some burning questions for the Pittsburgh Steelers as they enter training camp.
The offensive line lost both Maurkice Pouncey and David DeCastro, the latter of the two being released not long ago. The defense lost Bud Dupree, Mike Hilton, and Steven Nelson. This team still has plenty of talent, but the questions are definitely there.
One of those questions, the pass rush, was answered when the Pittsburgh Steelers signed Melvin Ingram to a one-year deal. Despite zero sacks last year, Ingram still showed he can put pressure on the outside. Ingram will work well in a rotation that will feature Alex Highsmith and rookie Quincy Roche. That, combined with Tyson Alualu, Cameron Heyward, and Stephon Tuitt will give offenses nightmares.
Now, on to the still unanswered burning questions.