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Under The Radar: 5 potential Steelers to watch

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The Steelers are in the midst of OTAs with mini-camp looming, which means training camp isn't far away. Here are five players to keep an eye on as the preseason slowly creeps up.

Jesse James, TE: Despite the fact that the Steelers brought in veteran tight ends Ladarious Green and David Johnson to replace the retired Heath Miller, James has a chance to play a prominent role in the offense. The second-year pro from Penn State and South Allegheny played in just eight games as a rookie but showed he has the potential to make impact in the passing game. James had a productive four-game stretch when Miller and Matt Spaeth were dealing with injuries, catching 7 passes for 53 yards and a touchdown.

Eli Rogers, WR: Rogers, signed as an undrafted free agent out of Louisville in 2015, was turning heads at St. Vincent last July before a knee injury landed him on IR. He was making a push to get playing time in the slot a season ago and will likely get a chance to impress again now that he's healthy. Rogers will also get a chance to return punts as the Steelers would prefer not to have Antonio Brown fill the role again this season.

Cameron Stingily, RB: Stingily earned an invitation to training camp last season after catching the attention of the coaching staff during his three-day tryout and he was making a serious push to make the team. A knee injury in the Hall of Fame game against the Minnesota Vikings led to Stingley being waived, but he's back on the training camp roster and burley back from Northern Illinois will have a chance to earn a back-up role.

Donald Washington, CB: Washington was a major piece in Ohio State's back-to-back national championship game appearances in 2006 and 2007 before spending three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was released in 2011 and played in the Canadian Football League before spending the last two years completely out of football. Washington's maturity and veteran presence impressed coach Mike Tomlin during the team's rookie minicamp, however, and he was signed to the training camp roster.

LT Walton, DL: The second-year player appeared in six games as a rookie after being drafted in the sixth round out of Central Michigan last year. It appears that Walton will get every opportunity to earn playing time in the defensive line rotation, but he likely slots as the sixth lineman entering camp. An injury or an impressive performance this summer could result in Walton playing a far more prominent role, however.

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