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3 Steelers Veterans Fighting for Their Jobs After 2022 NFL Draft

Devon Platana
Three Pittsburgh Steelers veterans fighting for their jobs after the 2022 NFL Draft.
Three Pittsburgh Steelers veterans fighting for their jobs after the 2022 NFL Draft. / Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The 2022 NFL Draft came and went, leaving the Pittsburgh Steelers with seven newly drafted prospects in their possession.

The Steelers would love for their new rookies to challenge for roster spots once training camps open up. Not only would it be for the young players' benefit, but it could also light a fire under veterans whose spot may not be as secure as they think.

Here's a look at three Steelers veterans fighting for their jobs following the 2022 NFL Draft.

Pittsburgh Steelers Roster Rumors

1. Mitchell Trubisky, QB

The Steelers signed Mitchell Trubisky to a two-year deal this offseason to be their starting quarterback in 2022. Since then, they used the 20th overall pick to draft Pitt's Kenny Pickett. Sure, management may opt to let Pickett develop on the sidelines for the year, but there's a reason why he was labelled as the most NFL-ready QB in the 2022 class by many draft analysts. Trubisky's starting job isn't even that secure due to 1) it being his first year as a Steeler and 2) it's not like he's performed that well in recent years. If Pickett has a strong camp, it could be another backup experience for Trubisky.

2. Benny Snell Jr., RB

A former fourth-round pick in 2019, Benny Snell Jr. has failed to impress in each of his three NFL seasons. The 24-year-old running back has yet to hit the 500-rushing-yard mark and is averaging an uninspiring 3.5 yards per carry over his career. Snell could now be on the hot seat after the Steelers drafted RB/TE hybrid Connor Heyward last week. The former Michigan State Swiss army knife might not be that much of a better rusher than Snell, but he is the superior pass-catcher of the two. If Pittsburgh is looking to add an exciting change-of-pace back behind Najee Harris, Heyward could be that guy. If that's the case, Snell is a candidate to be bumped down the depth chart or even cut.

3. Stephon Tuitt, DE

Veteran defensive end Stephon Tuitt missed the entirety of the 2021 NFL season due to a combination of a knee injury and the death of his brother. Head coach Mike Tomlin doesn't even know if Tuitt will play next season or not, leaving his roster spot insecure. Fortunately, the team drafted Texas A&M's DeMarvin Leal in the third round last week. Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin has made it clear that the team plans on putting Leal at DE and a strong camp could put him on the inside track to start next season. Add in the fact that Tuitt is a free agent in 2023 and there's a possibility that he'll need to fight for his job if he does plan on playing this fall.

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