It’s a virtual certainty that no team in the NFL will return the same starting lineup as it had a season ago. Free agency and the NFL draft have rendered that almost impossible.
However, the Pittsburgh Steelers don’t figure to have a litany of position battles in camp this year. Guys such as Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Heath Miller, Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro, Cameron Heyward, Lawrence Timmons, Jason Worilds and Troy Polamalu are all secure in their spots.
Underperformers in 2013 such as Ike Taylor and Jarvis Jones also figure to remain starters due to a lack of options behind them.
Because of this, the most intriguing positions on the team are the ones currently filled by younger players. In fact, three of the four players who follow this slide are members of last year’s rookie class. Interestingly enough, their status depends largely on the incoming rookies.