After going 9-6-1 and finishing 2nd in the division (all things considered), the Pittsburgh Steelers will look to put all the noise behind them & reclaim their 1st place throne in the AFC North. The Steelers later drafted LB Devin Bush out of Michigan to solidify their Inside LB position for the future. Pittsburgh suffered some a few losses to their team this off-season, some (very) big and some small.
Additions: LB Mark Barron, LB Devin Bush, CB Justin Layne, WR Donte Moncrief, WR Dionta Johnson, RB Benny Snell Jr, CB Steven Nelson.
Moncrief and Johnson were brought in to provide some depth at the receiver position after the departure of Antonio Brown. Johnson brings a speedy weapon to the offense while Moncrief was brought in for some veteran presence for guys like James Washington & Ryan Switzer.
Departures: RB Le’Veon Bell, WR Antonio Brown, WR Justin Hunter, Safety Morgan Burnett, RB Stevan Ridley
Bell’s departure to the Big Apple isn’t as big of a loss with James Conner still on the team. Antonio Brown’s departure is a little tougher, however. AB left some big shoes to fill, and James Washington & Juju Smith-Schuster will be tasked with those duties.
Pittsburgh rebuilt their receiving core up from the bottom after Brown’s departure with Washington, Moncrief, and Johnson; while also adding depth at RB with Snell Jr, Trey Edmunds, among others. If Pittsburgh can even be at half the offense they were last year with AB, they could have a pretty good year.
As stated earlier, If Pittsburgh can continue at their pace, they can finish around the 9-7 range. It will all depend on how they secondary holds up & if they can continue to stay hot on offense led by Ben Roethlisbergeer & Juju Smith-Schuster.