Friday, August 30, 2013
Projected 53-man roster for the Steelers
By Scott Brown
PITTSBURGH -- The Steelers are expected to announce at least some of their cuts late Friday afternoon, and teams have to finalize their 53-man rosters by 6 p.m. Saturday. Here is my projected 53-man roster:
Running back (5):Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer, Le'Veon Bell, Felix Jones and Will Johnson -- I could have flipped a coin between Jones and LaRod Stephens-Howling, that's how close the call is between the two. I'm not sure the Steelers anticipated Jones looking as good as he has when they traded for him a week ago. He is still young enough at 26 to rejuvenate his career, and the former Dallas first-round pick can help in several areas.
Wide receiver (5):Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, Jerricho Cotchery, Markus Wheaton and Derek Moye -- The Steelers could very well keep only four wide receivers for now, but I think Moye has played too well to risk losing the former Penn State star if they try sneaking him onto the practice squad. He gives the wide receivers corps a rangy target with deceptive speed, and also offers injury insurance.
Tight end (4):Heath Miller, David Johnson, David Paulson and Matt Spaeth -- This position is the toughest to figure with Miller and Spaeth out. The latter is still on crutches after suffering a Lisfranc injury, but I don't think the Steelers use the one-time exemption that allows team to put a player on injured reserve and add him to the roster later in the season. They will save that in case a starter goes down. The use of Kelvin Beachum as a sixth lineman/eligible receiver allows the Steelers to get away with two healthy tight ends until Miller returns.