The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for the Green Bay Packers in their first home preseason game of 2015, and through two preseason games it is safe to say there are plenty of players who are improving their position to make the team and many who are floundering. Time to take a look at the Steelers stock market and whose stock is rising and falling heading into Week 3 of the Steelers' preseason.
Ian Wild - The former college and CFL inside linebacker entered the team's training camp as a safety, but due to injuries at the inside linebacker position he was moved and has played well since making the transition. Doubtful to make the team in any form of inside linebacker capacity, Wild might be doing just enough to show versatility and an ability to play special teams to make the teams final roster.
Sammie Coates - Despite being chastised for poor conditioning by head coach Mike Tomlin, Coates is slowly improving each preseason game he plays. The former Auburn standout made a spectacular sideline catch in the loss to the Jaguars Friday night, and will look to see more time with the regulars as the preseason moves on.
Roosevelt Nix - Nix was a surprise to play with the starting offense as full back in the last preseason game, but it speaks volumes about how the team feels about the fullback. Nix was also noticeable on special teams, making a couple tackles in that capacity against Jacksonville. It might be tough for him to make the team with Will Johnson already in the mix, but Nix is making the decision a tough one.
Tyler Murphy - Don't give up on Murphy possibly making this team as a special teams contributor and depth at quarterback and wide receiver. Mike Tomlin lauded Murphy for his receiving skills earlier this week and made a comment about him to the media during a practice session. Murphy has proven he can make plays, but whether he can show enough to earn himself a spot on the final roster or practice squad has yet to be seen.
Anthony Chickillo - The one-time camp darling has slowly come back to Earth as the competition level rises. Chickillo hasn't played poorly, but certainly isn't making the plays many thought he could, or would, when given the chance. At a position in desperate need of playmakers, Chickillo could make a name for himself with three preseason games remaining.
Bud Dupree - The team's first overall draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft has proven to be as raw as most predicted coming out of college. The transition from Kentucky to the NFL has been a difficult one for Dupree, and the mental aspect of the game is noticeably slowing down the athletic Dupree. All is not lost for No. 48, as he is guaranteed a spot on the roster in 2015 and will have time which many rookies won't have allotted to them.
Shakim Phillips - After a spectacular one-handed catch against the Vikigs in the first preseason game, Phillips followed it up with a couple head-scratching drops against Jacksonville. If Phillips wants a spot on the team's practice squad, consistency seems to be a current obstacle he needs to overcome.
Tajh Boyd - While many fans are clamoring for more Boyd and less Landry Jones, Boyd has been having major ball security issues in practice. Boyd got some reps as recently as Monday and botched yet another snap from the center. Not a good sign for a player who has yet to smell game action in the 2015 preseason.
C.J. Goodwin - Goodwin continues to flash true play-making ability, and showed he can make the tough catches as he caught a touchdown against the Jaguars before taking a hard hit. Goodwin is one of the few legitimately vying for a potential spot on the roster, or at least the practice squad, if he can continue to show his capabilities when the present themselves in the preseason.
L.T. Walton - The 6th round draft pick was given the chance to practice with the starters Monday due to Stephon Tuitt sitting out of practice. Walton seems to be climbing the depth chart and could push to fill the void left by Clifton Geathers, who was waived injured earlier in training camp. Keep an eye on Walton this Sunday vs. the Packers as he tries to cement his spot on the depth chart.