The Pittsburgh Steelers commonly return most of their starters from previous seasons unless they have retirements or injuries. This year, they did have a couple of retirements, one of which was a starter (James Farrior). That doesn’t mean that players down the depth chart don’t have a chance to work their way into the starting lineup more often.
One of the things Mike Tomlin has always maintained is constant competition for playing time. The best players on the roster play in the games. If a backup proves to be more consistent than an incumbent starter, he will be the guy taking the snaps.
Here’s a look at six players that could find themselves pushed down the depth chart by the season’s midpoint.