The Pittsburgh Steelers have made the NFL Playoffs in each of the last two seasons, yet have failed to advance past the Wild Card round. An entire offseason focused on developing the talent on the roster could change that, though. Fans will get their first glimpse during Saturday's preseason action.
A home preseason matchup against the Seattle Seahawks will be a perfect opportunity for players on the cusp of making the team to prove why they deserve a spot. Translating success at practice into success on the field will be crucial. Let's take a look at three Pittsburgh players fighting for their jobs.
Pittsburgh Steelers Preseason
1. Anthony McFarland, RB
The top of the running back depth chart is all but locked up in Pittsburgh. Najee Harris is the clear-cut starter after making the Pro Bowl last season and veteran Benny Snell lines up as the go-to backup. The last one or two spots at the position beyond that remain up for grabs. Anthony McFarland has been with Pittsburgh for two seasons, racking up 181 yards from scrimmage. His experience may not be enough to ward off newcomers Jaylen Warren and Master Teague, though. Both rookies have impressed during training camp with highlight plays and tough runs. A big performance from McFarland could cement him as the favorite once again.
2. Miles Boykin, WR
Miles Boykin finds himself in a similar situation as McFarland. The top four wide receiver spots are all but finalized, which leaves players like Boykin, Gunner Olszewski, Anthony Miller, Steven Sims and Tyler Snead battling it out for one or two more spots. While Boykin got off to a slow start this summer, recent reports have stated that he is showing a lot of improvement. This is a 25-year-old that has accumulated 470 yards and 7 touchdowns in 40 career games. The front office claimed Boykin off waivers back in April for a reason. He just has to show he still has what it takes to produce.
3. Chris Wormley, DL
The Steelers have more depth along the defensive line than anywhere else on the roster. It suddenly leaves veteran Chris Wormley without a guaranteed spot on the team. He will have to show why his experience outweighs the potential of youngsters like Henry Mondeaux and Carlos Davis. Wormley logged a career-high 51 tackles and 7.0 sacks in 15 games last season. He also has the edge since other candidates have practice squad eligibility remaining. However, a strong showing on Saturday would still go a long way in securing a Week 1 roster spot. Keep an eye on whether or not the five-year pro can get into the backfield against the Seahawks.
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