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The 5 Biggest Pittsburgh Steelers Rumors Heading into OTAs

The 5 Biggest Pittsburgh Steelers Rumors Heading into OTAs

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Free agency and the draft are in the rear-view mirror now for the Pittsburgh Steelers. It's time for Mike Tomlin's club to develop during OTAs as the 2014 season approaches. Here are five rumors surrounding the franchise at this stage of the offseason.

5. Steelers May Bring Back James Harrison

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5. Steelers May Bring Back James Harrison

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Cornerback Ike Taylor recently told ESPN that former Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison wishes to return to Pittsburgh. The interest is reportedly mutual. Harrision, a free agent after a less-than-stellar year away with the Cincinnati Bengals, would provide the Steelers with some veteran leadership and pass-rushing depth if nothing else. His controversial tenure in Pittsburgh and his age could prevent a deal, though.

4. Steelers May Bring Back Santonio Holmes

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4. Steelers May Bring Back Santonio Holmes

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Taylor also told ESPN that former Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes is interested in returning to his former team as well. Holmes famously made one of the biggest catches in Super Bowl history with the Steelers back in February 2009, but was a severe disappointment with the New York Jets over the past four seasons. He's only 30 years old and could still provide the Steelers with some much needed depth at pass catcher.

3. Dri Archer Will Be Primary Kick and Punt Returner

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3. Dri Archer Will Be Primary Kick and Punt Returner

Dri Archer
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It's no surprise that third-round pick Dri Archer will be utilized as a kicker returner. With blazing 4.26 speed, Archer was an electrifying kick returner at Kent State. He wasn't much of a punt returner in college, though. That is expected to change in the NFL as the Steelers are trying to teach him how to field punts during OTAs. First, Archer must become reliable catching punts, then he can show off his explosiveness in yet another way.

2. Kelvin Beachum Solidified as Starting LT

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2. Kelvin Beachum Solidified as Starting LT

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According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers are "happy" with Kelvin Beachum at left tackle. There was some doubt Beachum would remain Ben Roethlisberger's blindside protector entering the offseason, especially considering he's undersized by prototypical standards. But the Steelers didn't use a Day 1 or 2 pick during the draft to address the position. Beachum was solid in pass protection in 2013, but needs to improve as a run blocker.

1. Martavis Bryant Could Start as Rookie

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1. Martavis Bryant Could Start as Rookie

Martavis Bryant
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Martavis Bryant's measurables are impossible to ignore. He ran a 4.42 40-yard dash at 6-foot-4 during February's combine -- an elite combination of size and speed. But he entered the draft as a raw route runner and pass catcher, which explains why he fell into the Steelers' lap in the fourth round. Despite the rawness, though, the Steelers are reportedly giving Bryant a shot at starting as a rookie opposite Antonio Brown.