The Pittsburgh Steelers will have a much different feel this season. Gone are a number of longtime veteran starters that have left important voids on the field, meaning that there will be an infusion of new starters.
As many as seven positions will have new starters this year and for many teams, that would indicate a major roster turnover. For the Steelers, it signifies and upgraded roster.
On offense, Chris Kemoeatu was released and Rashard Mendenhall should start the season on the PUP list with an ACL injury. That freed up two positions, and David DeCastro and Mike Adams are two favorites as they compete to earn a starting job on the offensive line.
The defensive side of the ball lost its leader in James Farrior and William Gay left to play with the Arizona Cardinals, and Casey Hampton, like Mendenhall, should be on the PUP list to start the season.
Though he was only a part-time player, Farrior had a presence on the field and Gay had a very good season, but a number of young players will vie for his spot. Hampton has lost some effectiveness, but figures to make an impact when he returns to health.
With their outstanding drafts over the past couple of seasons, the Steelers have a number of young players ready to step in and perform at a high level while a number of veterans are expected to fill the other spots.
Here is a breakdown of the potential new starters for the 2012 season.