The Pittsburgh Steelers will have until Tuesday to cut their roster from 90 to 75 players but I expect they will probably do it a bit sooner than that. After last night’s loss, we are taking on the 53-man roster projection again. Here goes…
OFFENSE (25) Quarterbacks (2) – Ben Roethlisberger, Bruce Gradowski
Running Backs (3) – Le’Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount, Dri Archer Fullback (1) – Will Johnson
Wide Receivers (6) – Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, Lance Moore, Justin Brown, Martavis Bryant, Darrius Heyward-Bey
Tight Ends (4) – Heath Miller, Matt Spaeth, Michael Palmer, Eric Waters
Linemen (9) – Maurkice Pouncey, Ramon Foster, David DeCastro, Marcus Gilbert, Kelvin Beachum, Cody Wallace, Mike Adams, Guy Whimper, Wesley Johnson
HERE’S OUR THINKING: As much as I don’t think Mike Tomlin will do it, we’re getting Landry Jones off the roster and onto the practice squad. He’s wasting a roster spot this team could clearly use. I also believe Mike Munchak will get his way and get a ninth offensive lineman on the roster. I believe it will eventually be a free agent, but for now we’re adding a current player.
Defensive Line (7) – Steve McLendon, Cam Heyward, Cam Thomas, Stephon Tuitt, Josh Mauro, Daniel McCullers, Brett Keisel
Linebackers (9) – Lawrence Timmons, Ryan Shazier, Jason Worilds, Jarvis Jones, Arthur Moats, Vince Williams, Sean Spence, Howard Jones, Terence Garvin
Defensive Backs (9) – Troy Polamalu, Mike Mitchell, Shamarko Thomas, Robert Golden, Ike Taylor, William Gay, Cortez Allen, Antwon Blake, Brice McCain
HERE’S OUR THINKING: The obvious move here is bringing in Brett Keisel and taking Brian Arnfelt off. Sean Spence suffered a PCL injury to his non-surgically repaired knee in Philly but it’s thought right now that it’s a sprain. This will limit him for a few weeks potentially. He still makes the roster though.
SPECIALISTS (3) Punter (1) – Brad Wing Kicker (1) – Shaun Suisham Long Snapper (1) – Luke Ingram
HERE’S OUR THINKING: The Steelers are clearly sticking with Wing and since signing his new deal Shaun Suisham has been brutal but the job is his. I’m guessing Greg Warren is out another four weeks so that may mean the PUP list for him.
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