The Steelers may look to the waiver wire to bolster depth on the offensive line, secondary and special teams.Here is a list of some players this writer thinks can help make a difference.
This guy was a pre-draft darling among most of us here on Behind The Steel Curtain. Unfortunately, he was selected by the New England Patriots with the 33rd pick of the second round of the 2011 draft. During his tenure as a Patriot, Dowling has spent more time injured than healthy. Some blurbs from New England fans mirror Steelers faithful when discussing Byron Leftwich. "Made of glass" was the most common complaint I saw over on Pats Pulpit.
From reports I read pre-draft, Dowling was supposed to excel at Zone coverage, and was a demon against the run. Sounds an awful lot like a Steelers corner to me. The only question is if he can stay healthy.
For some pre-draft analysis on him clicky linky NFL.com pre draft on Ras-I Dowling.
This 6'4", 250 pound tight end was recently cut by the Ravens. With the Steelers TE woes this year, it would be nice to have a solid veteran to help until Heath Miller and Matt Spaeth are available. However, if he can outplay Spaeth, David Paulson, or even David Johnson, he would be a welcome addition to this Steeler team.
Butler was a fifth round pick in the 2010 draft by the Steelers. However, it seems his potential was never fully realized while on Pittsburgh's squad and he was released in 2011. Since then he has bounced around the league a bit, never staying in one place for too long. Maybe by this time he has figured things out, and can make significant contributions to the Steelers cornerback position, which seem to lack much talent past the two projected starters (Ivan "Ike" Taylor, and Cortez Allen).
Campbell was selected in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft by the Oakland Raiders. Then head coach Tom Cable moved him from his natural tackle position inside to guard, then moved back outside under Hue Jackson.
He looks to me like a great swing tackle for a line that's quite thin at depth, even tough he was recently waived/injured by the Carolina Panthers earlier this month.
Rogers went undrafted in this years NFL draft, but signed a UDFA contract with the Buffalo Bills. This 6'2", 220 pound receiver would most likely have been drafted as high as the third round had he not failed three separate drug tests while at Tennessee. Well, that and he's kind of slow, posting a 40 time of 4.52 at the NFL scouting combine.
Even though there is currently a logjam at the receiver position, there is no positional group that couldn't do with an upgrade if available.
Good corner with 10 years of experience in the NFL. Great depth pickup, and he should be available for vet minimum.
This is the kid I, and many of you, wanted very badly this April during the draft. The Bengals just cut him. My reasoning for Cobi is the same for Da'Rick Rogers.
6'3", 260 pound TE with 2 years of NFL experience.
He's not tall, not fast, but he's got that veteran savvy that would be great for the nickle or dime corner.
10 year veteran, could be an upgrade as a backup RT.
I was going to wait for Sunday, when final cuts would be, um, finalized, but I was too excited by this story to wait. There will, of course, be updates as cuts happen around the league. Many teams have yet to start making the final cutdowns to 53.
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