Breaking Down Who (We Know) Attended Day One Of OTAs

Tuesday marked the first day of OTAs for the entire Pittsburgh Steelers’ roster. Given the pandemic and the team’s April statement they would be skipping voluntary workouts, it was unclear who and how many players would attend. But the majority of the roster showed up to the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex yesterday. We’ve counted at least 64 players there, over 71% of the roster, and it’s certainly possible there were more than that.

Combing through video and photos, we’ve so far been able to identify 62 players specifically. Here’s the list. If you saw others there at Day One, let us know in the comments below.

QB: (4)

Ben Roethlisberger
Mason Rudolph
Josh Dobbs
Dwayne Haskins

RB/FB: (6)

Najee Harris
Benny Snell
Anthony McFarland
Jaylen Samuels
Trey Edmunds
Derek Watt

WR: (5)

Mathew Sexton
Cody White
Tyler Simmons
Isaiah McKoy
Rico Bussey

TE: (4)

Zach Gentry
Pat Freiermuth
Dax Raymond
Kevin Rader

OL: (10) 

Dan Moore Jr.
Avitante Collins
JC Hassenauer
Kendrick Green
Kevin Dotson
Chukwuma Okorafor
BJ Finney
Anthony Coyle
Rashaad Coward
Jarron Jones

DL: (10) 

Cam Heyward
Calvin Taylor
Chris Wormley
Demarcus Christmas
Isaiahh Loudermilk
Isaiah Buggs
Tyson Alualu
TJ Carter
Abdullah Anderson
Henry Mondeaux

EDGE: (5)

Alex Highsmith
Quincy Roche
Jamir Jones
Calvin Bundage
Jamar Watson

ILB: (4)

Robert Spillane
Buddy Johnson
Ulysees Gilbert III
Marcus Allen

CB: (6)

James Pierre
Justin Layne
Lamont Wade
Shakur Brown
Mark Gilbert
DeMarkus Acy

S: (4)

Tre Norwood
Donovan Stiner
Antoine Brooks Jr.
Miles Killebrew

SP: (4) 

Jordan Berry
Pressley Harvin III
Kameron Canaday
Christian Kuntz

Analysis: Certainly not the entire team and there were plenty of key starters and veterans who did not appear to attend (again, these are voluntary so players have zero obligation to show up). It was nice to see Ben Roethlisberger there, his leadership is more important than ever, and he probably wants to jumpstart the offseason after rehabbing his elbow injury last year and not having any spring workouts because of that and the pandemic. Cam Heyward’s appearance was a surprise after his public criticism of the league holding offseason activities. But it was good to see him in Pittsburgh, too.

All the draft picks attended. That’s no surprise. And the majority of the backups and futures contracts players attended as well.

The four quarterbacks on the roster attended. Important work for the backups especially Dwayne Haskins as he begins his journey with his last team. With the top receivers appearing to not be there, it was a prime opportunity for guys like Mathew Sexton, Cody White, and UDFAs Isaiah McKoy and Rico Bussey to get work and catch passes from Roethlisberger. Ditto at tight end with us not spotting Eric Ebron.

At EDGE, the only player we know was there with NFL experience is sophomore Alex Highsmith. Everyone was a rookie or first-year player with no regular season snaps. Was good to see Ulysees Gilbert III back on the field, confirming he’s recovered from his back injury though the worry is that’s a chronic issue.

Young DBs like Justin Layne, James Pierre, and the undrafted DBs with ample opportunity given that it appeared most of the starting secondary was not there for Day One.

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