The move might not have come with any fanfare from the team, but the Pittsburgh Steelers quietly published their first depth chart of the regular season on Monday, with an update to the team’s official website. At first glance, there seems to be no obvious surprises at any of the starting positions with all the expected names listed in their expected roles, but a closer inspection does highlight one or two revelations among the backups.
It will not come as a shock to learn than Joshua Dobbs will begin the year as Ben Roethlisberger’s backup over Mason Rudolph, but few might have thought that Jaylen Samuels would start the year as the third choice at running back over Stevan Ridley in Week 1.
Although Le’Veon Bell has yet to report, he still remains at the top of the depth chart at his position, enough if he might not be back in time to face the Cleveland Browns.
Mike Hilton has been listed separately on the depth chart at the starter at nickle corner, while B.J. Finney is expected to be the primary backup across the the interior offensive line, according to Bob Labriola of Steelers.com. He will of course start on Sunday in place of the injured Ramon Foster for now.
Jon Bostic clearly won the battle over Tyler Matakevich at inside linebacker, while new fan favorite Matthew Thomas finds himself buried on the depth chart behind all the veteran names at his position in Week 1. Interestingly, Terrell Edmunds has been named as the first choice backup to Morgan Burnett, which should mean he will be the starter at Paul Brown stadium if Burnett is not able to play.
Another new season means another new return specialist, and it can only be hoped that Ryan Switzer shows enough in his first few games of the season to warrant his place on the depth chart as the starter at both positions.