The question coming into the first day of voluntary OTAs was how many Steelers players would be present? That question was answered very quickly, almost everyone.
The most notable name in attendance was quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, someone that many speculated would not be present for any of the OTA sessions.
Another notable player in attendance was the team's NFLPA representative, Cameron Heyward. According to Steelers team reporter Missi Matthews, Heyward had several "open and honest" discussions with the players organization on right approach in handling these OTAs. Part of the plan noted by Heyward involved a gradual ramp-up with minimal contact at first.
Though it is likely the veterans will not attend all the OTAs sessions, Heyward stressed the importance of their presence to "cultivate relationships" with the rookies and younger players on the roster. It is clear from today's showing, the Steelers are collectively committed to taking the steps necessary to be a cohesive team this upcoming season.