The Steelers & 53-Man Roster Predictions: Final

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Defense

 

Defensive Linemen (6)

Ziggy Hood, Steve McLendon, Brett Keisel, Al Woods, Cameron Heyward, Hebron Fangupo

Hood and Keisel will start at the defensive end spots, and McLendon finally gets his chance to take over for “Big Snack.”  First round draft bust Cameron Heyward and the versatile Al Woods should supply some depth, and I believe that Fangupo, not Alameda Ta’amu will get the nod as the team’s backup nose tackle.

 

Linebackers (9)

LaMarr Woodley, Larry Foote, Lawrence Timmons, Jason Worilds, Jarvis Jones, Chris Carter, Vince Williams, Marshall McFadden, Brian Rolle

The top five in the rotation are set in stone.  Foote and Timmons will start on the inside, while Woodley, Jones, and Worilds will be the top three on the outside.  As far as the backups are concerned, it would not shock me if the Steelers decided to keep three inside linebackers around for depth and special teams purposes.  I would not be shocked however if the Steelers elected to keep Alan Baxter over Carter if the veteran fails to impress during Thursday night’s game.

 

Cornerbacks (5)

Ike Taylor, Cortez Allen, William Gay, Curtis Brown, Terry Hawthorne

Unless injuries decimate this unit, I believe that the Steelers will only keep five cornerbacks on their active roster.  Taylor, Allen, Gay, and Brown figure to be the top four, and rookie Terry Hawthorne should nail down the fifth spot if he can stay healthy.  The Steelers could add a sixth cornerback, but I will discuss why I believe that they will not in the “Safeties” section.

 

Safeties (5)

Ryan Clark, Troy Polamalu, Robert Golden, Shamarko Thomas, Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith

Polamalu, Clark, Golden, and Thomas are essential locks at this point, and Thomas’ play during the preseason has been solid.  Due to the poor play of Josh Victorian though, I think that Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith will make the roster as the team’s fifth safety and for help on special teams.  Since Thomas and Golden can help out in the slot if injuries strike, the Steelers might be inclined to stick with five cornerbacks and five safeties.

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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.