Once one of the deepest positions on the Pittsburgh Steelers, the depth chart at wide receiver has taken a hit. Whether it was through retirement or free-agent losses, the Steelers have suffered some significant losses at wide receiver.
Luckily for them, they also have retained one of the best wide receivers in the game—Antonio Brown.
Not only has Brown stepped up after the losing Hines Ward and Mike Wallace, but he has established himself as a top playmaker and a true No. 1 option for Ben Roethlisberger. He also realizes that as the veteran receiver on the squad, he must set the tone for his teammates, via Teresa Varley of Steelers.com:
I know those guys are watching me, how I go about my business on the field, how I am in the meeting rooms. That is where I have to set the standard.
When I look around in the room there are some older guys, but I am the oldest guy who has been around the longest. I have to will the team to win and my group in the way I handle myself and prepare.
Brown and newly signed Lance Moore have the most NFL experience and are the leaders for a large group of young receivers who are looking to make their mark.
They are locks for the team, as is Markus Wheaton, but that leaves plenty of room for competition for the final two or three roster spots. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Derek Moye, Justin Brown and Martavis Bryant are the key players who will compete for these spots.
That is not to say that the other receivers currently on the roster do not have an opportunity to win a job, but it will be difficult. It is also worth noting that, while Dri Archer will be a part of this competition as well, he will not be a part of this particular analysis because he is listed as a running back as well as a wide receiver. You can see my analysis of him in my breakdown of the running backs.
With that said, the competition at wide receiver should be one of the most exciting in training camp. Here is a full breakdown of what you can expect from each player.