Most teams coming of a 9-7 season in which they missed the playoffs would have plenty of position battles entering training camp.
The Steelers are not one of these teams. Despite underachieving last season, the lineup is unlikely to have any major shakeups. However, that does not mean there will not be new faces contributing in 2010.
Pittsburgh is a very deep team after signing wide receivers, Antwaan Randle El and Arnaz Battle, offensive tackle, Jonathan Scott, linebacker, Larry Foote, and safety, Will Allen. In addition to the free agents, the Steelers drafted 10 rookies who will be vying for roster spots.
Defensively, Pittsburgh will also see the return of two of their best players, Aaron Smith and Troy Polamalu. These two will be welcome additions after they struggled to protect fourth quarter leads last season.
The Steelers also welcomed back cornerback Bryant McFadden, who they acquired in a draft day trade with the Arizona Cardinals.
The Steelers experienced defense has potential to return to excellence this season with the new additions. While there may not be major changes at the starting positions, there are plenty of opportunities for players to take on key roles as backups.