The first round of OTAs for the Pittsburgh Steelers is in the books. The coaches have had their first shot to get a close look at the entire (almost) roster and begin their evaluation process.
Evaluation involves not only who starts but also who stays. As of now, the Steelers probably have around 30 players whom they know are going to make the team. That means the 60-plus players who are still on the roster are working for about 20 roster spots.
Pittsburgh’s first round of OTAs came and went like a lamb. There are no injuries to report and, to be honest, very little in terms of activity. This is a good thing in one sense. This team has prided itself on its stability. Taking the glass-is-half-full approach, we will say that no news is good news.
Once the next round of OTAs and training camp hit, some players are certainly going to emerge, while others fall back. However, for now, here are the five guys from this first round of workouts who improved their positions going forward.