Training Camp

2018 Steelers Training Camp Depth Chart

As I’ve harped on the first two days of the 2018 Pittsburgh Steelers training camp, I’ve spent a bulk of this time focusing on where guys are lining up and who is running with what teams. Understand these things are fluid, the team certainly isn’t beholden to any depth chart, but I want to give you an idea of how things generally look right now. We made some predictions before camp and now, we can find out the reality. Here’s roughly how things have gone for each spot.


1st Team 2nd Team 3rd Team 4th Team
Ben Roethlisberger Landry Jones Josh Dobbs Mason Rudolph


Again, some mixing and matching especially given you don’t need to get long looks at someone like Jones. We’ll see how well Rudolph does and if he can move up. He’s not in any danger of getting cut, obviously.

Running Back

1st Team 2nd Team 3rd Team 4th Team 5th Team 6th Team
James Conner Stevan Ridley Jaylen Samuels Fitzgerald Toussaint James Summers Jarvion Franklin


This one is a little murky. Conner is most definitely the #1 RB. Beyond that, it’s pretty fluid. Samuels gets a lot of work with the 1’s as a receiver, though not as much as a runner. You could flip him and Toussaint here and I wouldn’t argue with you.

Tight End

1st Team 2nd Team 3rd Team 4th Team 5th Team 6th Team
Vance McDonald Jesse James Xavier Grimble Ryan Malleck Pharoah McKever Christian Scotland-Williamson


With the ability to run two or three tight ends on the field, this depth chart doesn’t mean as much for the TEs as it does others. But this is the general idea of things. Probably not a surprise to anyone.

Wide Receiver

WR X Z Slot
1st Team Antonio Brown Justin Hunter JuJu Smith-Schuster
2nd Team Darrius Heyward-Bey James Washington Marcus Tucker
3rd Team Damoun Patterson Trey Griffey James Washington
4th Team Trey Griffey Justin Thomas Tevin Jones


They’re going to make Washington earn that starting nod. Washington has mostly been outside but got a couple reps in the slot. Tevin Jones in the slot is a mild surprise, especially with Thomas seeing more time on the outside than expected. Not seeing any of Quadree Henderson in team drills. So I have Griffey doubling up.

Offensive Line

1st Team Alejandro Villanueva Ramon Foster Maurkice Pouncey David DeCastro Marcus Gilbert
2nd Team Chukwuma Okorafor B.J. Finney Parker Collins Matt Feiler Jake Rodgers
3rd Team Joseph Cheek Chris Schleuger Patrick Morris Larson Graham R.J. Prince


This group is solidified and consistent. Collins avoided any serious injury and he’s still with the 2nd team. Rodgers getting 2nd team reps is really important for him. Prince, despite playing mostly guard in college, is at tackle.

Defensive Line

1st Team Stephon Tuitt Javon Hargrave Cam Heyward
2nd Team L.T. Walton Daniel McCullers Tyson Alualu
3rd Team Casey Sayles Joshua Frazier Lavon Hooks
4th Team Parker Cothren Greg Gilmore Kendal Vickers


Another group that’s fairly consistent, though they mix it up in nickel. The 4th teamers hardly play and are in a rough spot. Sayles sneaks away from them and jumps with the third team.

Outside Linebacker

1st Team T.J. Watt Bud Dupree
2nd Team Keion Adams Anthony Chickillo
3rd Team Farrington Huguenin Ola Adeniyi


I had the pairings right, just the wrong sides for 2nd/3rd stringers. Odds are they will flip. But that’s the grouping.

Inside Linebacker

ILB Mack Buck
1st Team Tyler Matakevich Vince Williams
2nd Team L.J. Fort Jon Bostic
3rd Team Matthew Thomas Darnell Leslie
4th Team Matt Galambos Keith Kelsey


For the 3rd/4th team, I don’t have a feel for who is Buck/Mack. But those are the pairings. With Leslie kicking to ILB, Galambos and Kelsey are struggling for reps.


1st Team Joe Haden Artie Burns Mike Hilton
2nd Team Coty Sensabaugh Brian Allen Cam Sutton
3rd Team Cam Sutton Jamar Summers Dashaun Phillips


Pretty consistent looks here. Not much mix/match. Sutton pulls double-duty. No big surprises. Malik Reaves still getting adjusted to the playbook and hasn’t been in team drills.


1st Team Sean Davis Morgan Burnett
2nd Team Nat Berhe Terrell Edmunds
3rd Team Malik Golden Jordan Dangerfield


Marcus Allen feeling like the odd man out as things stand today. But again, lot of time here. Dangerfield down with the 3’s after getting some first team love in the spring. For the 2nd and 3rd stringers, I don’t have a good feel for strong/free. Went with my best educated guesses based on skillset.

Justin Thomas and Quadree Henderson have been used as punt returners.

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