The Pittsburgh Steelers find themselves in a situation most coaches and general managers dream of: too much depth—at least at the wide receiver position.
And I hate it.
The Steelers are sure of just one spot on the depth chart and that’s all the way at No. 1 with Antonio Brown.
After A. Brown, it’s all a mess.
Check out the players currently on the depth chart at WR:
Just where do you start?
It’s widely accepted that free-agent signee Lance Moore will secure the first slot receiver spot. He seems to be perfect for that role.
Markus Wheaton is still an unproven commodity even though the coaching staff is high on his potential. Right now he has the second starting job. But he’s fighting off the likes of Justin Brown, Darrius Heyward-Bey, and Derek Moye.
In fact, are we even sure that Wheaton is better than Lance Moore? I’m not.
Let’s take a look at our early 53-man roster prediction. We have Darrius Heyward-Bey not even making the team!
A veteran with blazing speed that the Steelers signed this offseason. Crazy.
Derek Moye might not make the team this year either after catching two balls last season, one for a touchdown.
Justin Brown’s improvement has been well documented during training camp so far, but he didn’t make the team last year and now he’s all-of-the-sudden better than Moye and Heyward-Bey.
That’s not an impossible thought, just a little concerning.
I’m afraid the Steelers are going to treat this year’s preseason like last’s: an audition.
Let’s see how good these receivers really are instead of playing the guys who are going to actually play in the regular season to build chemistry.
Oh, and I haven’t even talked about rookie Martavis Bryant, “the receiver who was chosen (by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger).”
I mean, he has to make the team right?
It’s just a mess. And maybe it’s a good mess, I don’t know.
All I know is: I kinda hate it.