The Pittsburgh Steelers and the rest of the NFL turn their attention away from the 2020 NFL Draft, and are now faced with the task of getting their free agent acquisitions, and rookies, acclimated to their new responsibilities without having access to their facilities.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic took its grip on the globe, teams are now getting creative with online Organized Team Activities (OTAs) as they wait to see if they can return to work before the later phases of OTAs and minicamp might take place in person.
Either way, with the big news of free agency, the draft and the 2020 regular season schedule release done, it is time to take a look at the Power Rankings to see who the experts deem to be the cream of the crop, and where the lesser than teams reside.
If you look at the Top 3, it shouldn’t shock anyone who tops the list of teams this week. Clearly, the Super Bowl champions will be at the top, and Baltimore and San Francisco falling in behind Kansas City makes sense.
After that, it is up for debate.
Power Rankings are pointless, but they are good for starting debate. In other words, do you agree with the rankings? Or do you think other teams, like the Steelers, should be ranked higher than they are. Time to take a look at the latest ESPN Power Rankings:
1. Kansas City Chiefs
2. Baltimore Ravens
3. San Francisco 49ers
4. New Orleans Saints
5. Seattle Seahawks
6. Green Bay Packers
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. Tennessee Titans
9. Minnesota Vikings
10. Dallas Cowboys
14. Pittsburgh Steelers
“Players who benefited: QBs Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph. The quarterbacks came away from the draft with new playmakers and more job security. Roethlisberger got Martavis Bryant 2.0 with WR Chase Claypool, and the team didn’t draft a quarterback, further solidifying Rudolph’s job as the backup and potential heir apparent whenever Roethlisberger retires. Rudolph had a rocky 2019 season, but the team believes in developing him with the help of new QB coach Matt Canada. All of the moves signal that they believe Roethlisberger will be at full strength whenever the season starts, and they want to make his job as easy as possible. — Brooke Pryor”