The Steelers & 53-Man Roster Predictions: Final

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Aug 24, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin on the sidelines against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

 

The end of the 2013 preseason means one thing: final cuts.  All 32 teams will trim their rosters from 75 to 53 by 6:00 P.M. (ET) on Saturday, and the final rosters for the 2013 regular season will finally be set when teams put together their eight-man practice squads the following day.  With the preseason  about to come to an unceremonious end, I thought that I would give my final predictions of how I believe that the Steelers’ 53-man roster and eight-man practice squad will shake out after the final cuts.

 

Offense

 

Quarterbacks (3)

Ben Roethlisberger, Bruce Gradkowski, Landry Jones

John Parker Wilson was released this past weekend, so the depth chart is set at three.  I just hope that Ben can stay healthy enough so neither backup has to see the field this fall.

 

Running Backs (4)

Le’Veon Bell, Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman, LaRod Stephens-Howling

Despite his injury, I think that the team will keep Bell on the active roster until his foot heals and save the special “PUP Return” status for someone like Matt Spaeth.  Dwyer has been the only back who has been healthy so far, and I believe that his health will earn him the nod over Felix Jones unless LaRod Stephens-Howling is unable to suit up due to his knee.  I do think that Pittsburgh will keep Jones over Dwyer though if he performs well during this Thursday’s game.

 

Fullbacks (1)

Will Johnson

Unless the rib injury he sustained during the Washington game becomes a problem, Johnson will be the team’s starting and only fullback.

 

Tight Ends (3)

Heath Miller, David Paulson, David Johnson

I alluded to this in a post from yesterday, but I believe that the Steelers will only carry two healthy tight ends plus Heath Miller at the beginning of the season.  Paulson and Johnson, plus some help from Kelvin Beachum, must hold down the fort though before Miller can return.  As I mentioned above, I believe that Pittsburgh will give their special “PUP Return” status to Matt Spaeth.

 

Wide Receiver (6)

Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, Jerricho Cotchery, Markus Wheaton, Derek Moye, Reggie Dunn 

As it stands, Brown, Sanders, Wheaton, and Cotchery are roster “locks” due to how well they have played during the preseason.  Behind them, I think that the Steelers’ coaching staff will try to carry a pass-catcher to balance out the depth chart and help in the red zone like Justin Brown or Derek Moye.  I am listing Reggie Dunn as a “wild-card,” and he could do wonders for himself if he can show some promise as a pass-catcher.

 

Offensive Linemen (8)

Mike Adams, Ramon Foster, Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro, Marucs Gilbert, Kelvin Beachum, John Malecki, Joe Long

I am sticking with the same group of eight from last week.  The starting five are locked in barring an injury, and the versatile Beachum and Malecki should be the top two backups.  I think that Joe Long will get the nod over the swinging gate known as Guy Whimper as the eighth and final offensive lineman.

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  • alex de la cruz

    Hey what about nick Williams??

    • Dom DiTolla

      The team put him on IR a week ago.

  • Nmc1496

    Moorman’s hang times AND net were better…. – Butler wasn’t better. it doesn’t matter how far the punt goes, if they run it back….not to mention, block it.

  • Mike

    Not going to keep 6WR’s…..

  • SBSteelers

    I’d be shocked if the Steelers cut Felix Jones or tried to put him on the practice squad.

  • scott sinclair

    I say now that Max Starks has been released, the Steelers should grab him and dump Whimper. Gay is such a liability, the team should look to upgrade over him. I say why even keep Heyward at this point , he has been a zero factor once again and is an absolute bust. I like keeping Baxter over Carter, but as usual they’ll go with the vet. They should take a look at LB Josh Hull who was cut by the Rams, he’s a good backup and solid special team guy with some starting experience. I think Landry Jones is destined for the practice squad, he’s looked bad at times, but I still think is worth keeping around

    • oakleafmold

      I love Big Max, but he performed terribly in SD and he’s too slow for the new zone blocking schemes.

  • oakleafmold

    Baxter over Carter. No way they keep Dunn–they go with 5 wides and keep Jones at RB to handle returns. Dunn to PS. Baxter over Carter.