Most recently, the new rookie class due to feature on the impending season’s roster have just arrived to their training minicamp-Boasting college starlets LB Devin Bush(A relatively surprising first pick for Pittsburgh that has garnered an overall consensus of approval, considering the issues on the defence that require attention after the turbulent experience the team has endured for years); WR Diontae Johnson(Whom has received expressed support from fan favourite Juju Smith-Schuster in a welcoming embrace on Twitter-Joining the Steelers’ receiving core of Smith-Schuster, James Washington, Eli Rogers, Donte Moncrief and Ryan Switzer); CB Justin Lane, RB Benny Snell Jr.; TE Zach Gentry(with fans hoping this will address some issues with the consistency of depth at the position since departure of Heath Miller); OLB Sutton Smith, DL Isaiah Briggs, LB Ulysees Gilbert III and Tackle Derwin Gray. They will be accompanied by the undrafted free agent core consisting of S Dravon Askew-Henry, P Ian Berryman, Guard Garrett Brumfield, DE Jay Hayes, Guard Fred Johnson, RB Travon McMillan, CB Alexander Myres, DT Chris Nelson, TE Trevor Wood, Kicker Matthew Wright and S P.J. Locke III.
The aforementioned WR James Washington expected to lose weight in time for the beginning of the pre-season; A statement of intent from management to enforce discipline and set the example for his peers to get themselves into optimal physical and mental condition in order to approach the challenges that lie ahead.
With regards to the challenges that are imminently going to be faced, Pittsburgh are going to need all of the mental and physical integrity that they can muster; A team that has constructed an identity of discipline for itself has been ailed with public controversies of rife disparity within the locker room over recent seasons-The latest iteration of this has manifested in the withdrawals of elite players Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown particularly being mired in the less than amicable terms in which they departed. The speculation over the strife has been pervading the Pittsburgh zeitgeist for the majority of the last year, after Bell’s refusal to participate in team activity altogether over a franchise tag proved a detractor from the organisation at the beginning of their 2018 campaign-Only to be surpassed by the ordeal of an exit that the superstar wide receiver made in his typically spectacular fashion. Being branded a “cancer” to the locker room is a diatribe that has subsequently resulted in numerous instances of enmity being thrown at former teammates and passive aggressive comments being made on his social media accounts(visible for the entire world to see). The anticipation over the new found rivalry between Pittsburgh and one of their former talismen will culminate in the fixture that will see the Black & Gold Brigade visit Le’Veon Bell at his new home in New York with the Jets in their penultimate fixture of the 2019 season.