Rookie Camp is done, let's look at the roster and see where there is room for new players to jump in.
Note that any player could suddenly be amazing or terrible and trump anything on this list.
Locks: Ben Roethlisberger, Bruce Gradkowski
Near locks: Landry Jones
Fan Favorite: Tahj Boyd, anyone else who isn't Landry Jones.
The only question here is can anyone (please) knock Landry Jones off this roster?
Running back (3)
Locks: Le'Veon Bell, DeAngelo Williams
Near Lock: Will Johnson
Frontrunner for suspension hat: Josh Harris
Long Shots: Roosevelt Nix, Cameron Stingley
Players can make the openning 53 by beating out Josh Harris. Nix is a big time Football player without a position, but he might be a FB.
Haley back (1)
Lock: Dri Archer
The latest incarnation, and most successful of these players (not saying much) is around for a second year, maybe this is the year it pays off. One cool thing is, as a rb/wr he lets us carry fewer offensive reserves, which is beneficial.
Locks: Heath Miller, Matt Spaeth.
One bone dogs: Rob Blanchflower, Jesse James
Third TE isn't a big deal, but we carry one.
Locks: Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, Sammy Coates, Marcus Wheaton
King of the mole hill: Darrius Heyward-Bey vs the field.
Lots of young guys, very little chance any make it, but we carry 5 wr, so there is one spot for any receiver that can block, play ST and maybe offer some value as a receiver. CJ Goodwin is my vote for best shot at taking down DHB, because Mel Blount. Most likely DHB is the man.
Locks: Marcus Gilbert, David DeCastro, Maurkice Pouncey, Ramon Foster, Kelvin Beachum, Mike Adams
Near Lock: Cody Wallace
Last 2: Chris Hubbard, a bunch of UDFAs and a project.
I can't imagine us running 7 OL like last season, when starters + Mike Adams accounted for all but 2 games. Improved technique and solid fundamentals reduce injury, but they still will happen. Some good players signed as UDFAs, the fact that we have spots on the 53 for at least one, maybe 2 probably helped.
Very little drama from a deep group of weapons. With 20 locks or near locks this offseason is more about depth "in case" than finding starters. Could easily run 23 players, 27 on defense would be crazy, but we have a lot of intriguing prospects.