By his standards, the 2022 season was disappointing for fifth-year receiver Gunner Olszewski.
In addition to being demoted to then-Steelers receiver Steven Sims, his contribution on offense was 39 receiving yards on eight receptions. To say the least, it was a far cry from his Pro-Bowl season in 2020, when he led the NFL in punt return yardage and yards per punt return.
With the addition of veteran Allen Robinson II and the return of Calvin Austin III, many would have assumed that his days in a Steelers uniform would be numbered. Instead, Olszewski elevated his game during training camp and performed well enough during the preseason to earn a spot on the roster.
Even with the numerous weapons the Steelers possess, Olszewski has another opportunity to make a first impression. As a receiver, it is likely the number of snaps he receives will be minimal. With running back Anthony McFarland Jr. named as the team's starting kick returner, Olszewski may not have the chance to redeem himself from the mistakes of last season.
For Olszewski, it will be about taking the opportunities as they come. If anything can be said, he has earned his spot, and if he is able to return to his old form, it can only bode well for his future on the team.