Pittsburgh Steelers release first training camp depth chart before Friday night lights

In just two hours, fans will be flocking to the stands to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers take part in the popular “Friday Night Lights” segment of training camp. However, prior to the event, Pittsburgh released First release of the depth chart at Steelers.com. Please note that the initial depth chart does not mean much in the general scheme of what a regular season depth chart might look like, as beginners usually find themselves at the bottom and have to “establish themselves” before moving up the ranks. Most teams will simply post an initial draft version at this time of bootcamp, knowing full well that a lot will change over the next month.

When viewing, note that the depth goes from left to right before rising up and down. For example, looking at WR’s position above the depth chart, Gunner Olszewski is ahead of rookie Calvin Austin III with Diontae Johnson and Anthony Miller ahead of Olszewski.

A couple of highlights from the initial depth chart:

– Kevin Dotson and Kendrick Green are listed as co-starters with the rating “OR”. This matches what has been reported given the competition between Dotson and Green as well as reports from Alex Kozora that they are rotating first and second team reps to start training camp.

Connor Heyward was listed on top of last year’s TE3 Kevin Rader as TE3 on the depth chart. This may not be a thing, but it’s also not a great sign for Rader since beginners are usually placed low on the initial depth chart.

George Pickens was listed as a rookie in three receiving groups. This was to be expected if Pickens could prove he could catch up early in camp. Given the amount of high-profile plays and fanfare he got in the first two weeks of boot camp, it’s predictable that he’ll see the field sooner rather than later as a rookie, potentially earning a significant share as soon as possible in the first week.

Larry Ogunjobi is listed opposite Chris Wormley on DE. Wormley started last year in DE opposite Cam Heyward, but after signing Ogunjobi, there has been speculation about how the rotation might have come about. Since Ogunjobi is still thinned out after off-season foot surgery and is still listed ahead of Wormley on the initial depth chart, this could be an indication that Pittsburgh intends to see Ogunjobi play more than Wormley in 2022.

Devin Bush and Robert Spillane are also listed as LILB rookies opposite Myles Jack. This also matches reports in camp where Spillane alternates with the first team defense, so far he has a solid training camp.

– Levi Wallace and Akhello Witherspoon are also listed as co-starters of LCB with Cam Sutton starting at RCB and Arthur Maulet listed as base nickel CB. He thought that when Pittsburgh goes to the nickel, Sutton Circle will kick inside to the hole with Wallace and Witherspoon playing outside. Obviously nothing is fixed here as Pittsburgh still needs to decide which two CBs will start in their 3-4 base defense and then see how they split the action when they go with their nickel defense. Still, a good sign for Mollette who is fighting for a place on the list to be his name in the conversation for the Nickel role.