It is never too soon to start thinking about how players fit into the grand scheme of things for an NFL team. Just a week into the free-agency period, the Pittsburgh Steelers have had more subtraction than addition.
This means the projected starters may look somewhat different for 2014. However, a little bit of change isn't a bad thing, right?
The Steelers finished the 2013 season with an 8-8 record. They narrowly missed the playoffs after rallying from a 2-6 start. Injuries hamstrung the team all season long, and they were fortunate to finish as strong as they did.
The good news is, with most of the core of this team intact, hopes are high for 2014.
The following projection can't be based on anything other than what we know. That means, no matter how confident we are about a potential free-agent signing, this prediction is based purely on who is under contract as of right now. There are still several spots to sort out, especially among the reserves. With salary-cap money being tight, we could see many of those spots being filled with rookies.
Here is a very early projection as to whom will be the Steelers starters if the season started today. Read on and enjoy.
Unless specified, all statistics courtesy of the Steelers homepage.