How about we start this new week with a very, very preliminary crack at predicting who will constitute the Pittsburgh Steelers 53 man roster when the squad is trimmed to that magical number late in training camp.
Quarterbacks (3): Ben Roethlisberger, Charlie Batch, Dennis Dixon
Running Backs (5): Willie Parker, Rashard Mendenhall, Mewelde Moore, Gary Russell, Carey Davis
Wide Receivers (5): Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes, Limas Sweed, Dallas Baker, Amani Toomer***
Tight Ends (3): Heath Miller, Matt Spaeth,
Dezmon Sherrod, Sean McHugh
Offensive Linemen (9): Justin Hartwig, Chris Kemoeatu, Willie Colon, Max Starks, Darnell Stapleton, Tony Hills, Jeremy Parquet, 2009 NFL Draft selection #1, 2009 NFL Draft selection #2
Defensive Linemen (7): Brett Keisel, Casey Hampton, Aaron Smith, Kyle Clement, Chris Hoke, Travis Kirschke, 2009 NFL Draft selection #1
Linebackers (9): James Harrison, Larry Foote, James Farrior, LaMarr Woodley, Lawrence Timmons, Keyaron Fox, Andre Frazier, Arnold Harrison, Bruce Davis
Defensive Backs (9): Ike Taylor, Roy Lewis, DeShea Townsend, William Gay, Troy Polamalu, Ryan Clark, Ryan Mundy,Tyrone Carter, 2009 NFL Draft selection (CB)
Specialists (3): Greg Warren, Jeff Reed, Daniel Sepulveda
***Lest you think you missed some news about Amani Toomer signing with the Steelers, remember that this is just my projection. I do think we'll get another veteran WR after the draft, so I'm making a guess. I have chosen not to predict the names of our soon-to-be draft selections.