As the Pittsburgh Steelers prepare for their third preseason game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, it is time to re-evaluate the earlier projection as to who will make the team's 53-man roster. Take a look at who will represent the Steelers in Week 1 when the team plays the New England Patriots in Foxborough.
Editor's Note: For your viewing pleasure I have crossed out any name who has been taken out of the projection for one reason or another. The new name is placed next to it, if there is someone who will take their place in the projection.
Dri Archer - RB/WR
Will Johnson - FB/TE
Tyler Murphy - WR/QB *
Clifton Geathers Cam Thomas *
Shawn Lemon Anthony Chickillo *
Senquez Golson Brandon Boykin *
Shaun Suisham Garrett Hartley *
Jordan Berry Brad Wing *
Injuries have caused the likes of Shawn Lemon, Shaun Suisham, Senquez Golson and Clifton Geathers to be forced out of the team's 53-man projection. The surprises of this projection would be the team's decision to release Landry Jones and sign Tyler Murphy for his special teams capabilities and versatility. On top of that decision, the team's choice in Brad Wing over Jordan Berry shows Wing's improvement in all aspects of the punting game.
Although some players like Garrett Hartley are on the 53-man roster projection, there is nothing to say they will make the team when the dust settles on players being released from other NFL rosters. Lastly, the team decides to keep Mike Adams on the roster, rather than going with the less experienced Alejandro Villenueva as the back-up swing tackle. This all hinges on Adams' back healing and him being able to play at his normal level. If the team feels that isn't a possibility, look for Villenueva to move into his back-up tackle position on the team's depth chart.
As you can tell, as training camp and the preseason unfold, the projections will unfold with it.