The Steelers released their first Depth chart for the 2020 season. While most of the positions are exactly what you would expect (Ben Roethlisberger and Cameron Heyward are starters) there are a few surprises.
First off, the Steelers list two starting right tackles, with both Chukwuma Okorafor and Zach Banner listed as starters, and both also listed as backing up Allejandro Villanueva. That battle is still undecided.
In a similar move, the Steelers list both Eric Ebron and Vance McDonald as starting tight ends and Zach Gentry as the backup.
On defense, the Steelers have the expected starting lineup, with no real surprises. The listing of James Pierre and Carlos Davis as the primary backups to Joe Haden and Cameron Heyward don’t really mean anything, as it would be highly unlikely that they would play those players ahead of Cameron Sutton, Justin Layne, or Chris Wormley.
The biggest surprise on defense would have to be Marcus Allen listed as a backup linebacker, and equal with Ulysees Gilbert III on this chart, and not listed at all at safety, which is how they listed him on the roster.
Whether that means we’ll see Allen at linebacker exclusively with the addition of Sean Davis as the primary reserve safety or not, we will have to see.
This depth chart shows one thing clearly, that if the Steelers remain healthy in 2020, they have a lot of good players starting, and some very solid depth, and that’s just one more reason to be excited for the 2020 season.
What stands out to you? Any surprises or any spots you think will change before the Week 1 game in New York? What position do you think has the worst depth?
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