With the first week of training camp in the books, several developments involving the Pittsburgh Steelers have taken place. Position battles, injuries, and plenty of other news have affected their 2016 season outlook. It is a good time to look at where this team is and who may be worth watching in the preseason at each position. Some jobs will be won and lost in the preseason, and anyone should know that attrition is needed to win a Super Bowl. This edition will be the defense.
Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Players to Watch in the Pre-Season
The duo of Cameron Heyward and Stephon Tuitt is being talked up as a duo that may be one of the better in team history. Given the history of this team on the defensive line, these are mighty big words. In the preseason, what to watch for is how they use the two. The Steelers will be going into sub-packages more often and these two may be the only defensive lineman on the field for the majority of snaps. L.T. Walton and Ricardo Mathews should be making the team as the backup ends. The question with Mathews will be whether he plays on the end at all of if he is only used as an interior rusher in sub-package football. Walton is entering year two so the progression of the sixth round pick should be followed.
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CLEVELAND, OH – JANUARY 3, 2016: Linebacker Anthony Chickillo #56 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates after a fumble recovery on a kickoff during a game against the Cleveland Browns on January 3, 2016 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Pittsburgh won 28-12. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)