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Saturday, August 30, 2008
Steelers: Cutdown analysis

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Biggest surprise: There were two mild shockers on this list with the decisions to keep receivers Dallas Baker over Willie Reid and punter Mitch Berger over Paul Ernster. Both spots were very competitive and it appeared that Ernster and Reid might have slight advantages. But there wasn't enough separation in either case to debate the final decisions.

No-brainers: Pittsburgh released seven offensive skill players because of their depth at those positions. The Steelers have at least three good running backs in Willie Parker, Rashard Mendenhall and Mewelde Moore; a talented cast of receivers; and two quality tight ends. So players like tight end Lee Vickers and receivers Eddie Drummond and Micah Rucker had very little chance of making this team.

What's next: The Steelers are pretty much set at every position. The team could use an upgrade at punter if there is a better option available after the final round of cuts. Other than that, Pittsburgh looks ready for the regular season.