The Pittsburgh Steelers offense has the potential to dominate both the AFC North and end up being one of the top-performing offensive units in the NFL. With Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell, the Steelers have unbelievable talent to leverage on the offensive side of the ball to bring home a seventh Super Bowl trophy. Who will join the offensive stalwarts in this quest? Let's take a look.
Top offensive position battles for this year's training camp
Le'Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams are the primary RBs on the roster, with Williams taking the lead during Bell's suspension. Who has a shot to make the team after D-Will? Dri Archer brings versatility to the roster since he can also play wide receiver and do work on special teams. Josh Harris is also a strong contender who has been putting in hard work during the off season. Ross Scheuerman and Cameron Stingily have also been tossed around as potential dark horse candidates. The battle will be for the third running back position when camp ends.
Ben Roethisberger and Brad Gradkowski are locked down for the first and second spots on the roster. The third position, however, will be highly contested. Landry Jones has underwhelmed for too long. This offseason he has continued that trend, failing to impress at both OTAs and minicamp. Does Tajh Boyd have a shot at the number three quarterback position? Yes. Quarterback-wide receivers Tyler Murphy and Devin Gardner are long shots, but shouldn't be ruled out just yet due to their versatility.
The Steelers have had three head coaches since 1969. To contrast, they have had six different punters in the last four seasons, and this year that position is up in the air again as the team heads to Latrobe. Current punter Brad Wing will be competing against fellow Australian Jordan Berry for a slot on the roster. With field position of critical importance, the Steelers choice of punter is a decision to keep an eye on.
Offensive line players are in good hands with position coach "Magic" Mike Munchak. Center Maurkice Pouncey and Left Tackle Kelvin Beachum are anchoring what could be one of the best offensive lines in recent memory for the Black and Gold. David DeCastro, Markus Gilbert and Ramon Foster will also be on board again. With Mike Adams' underwhelming performance the last few seasons, his spot could be up for grabs. Contenders for the o-line final 53 in addition to the usual faces are Alejandro Villaneuva, Kevin Whimpey, Chris Hubbard and B.J. Finney.
The starting position for WR is a sure thing: Antonio Brown. After that, it will probably be Martavis Bryant in the second spot, and Markus Wheaton in the third. After that, Darrius Heyward-Bey is the best bet for the fourth spot, with rookie Sammie Coates coming in to fill the fifth-string position. Dri Archer will also be on the roster as a versatile WR/RB and special teams player. C.J. Goodwin and rookie Eli Rogers out of Louisville have some promising skills, so they could be a wild card for roster contention depending on their play in the preseason.