We asked five questions about the final 53 five days ago that ranged from the state of the cornerback position to the fate of Landry Jones. Today we'll take a look at a few more questions surrounding the Steelers final roster picks.
Here we go!
1) Will the Steelers punter be Brad Wing or Jordan Berry?
Wing and Berry both hail from the same region in Australia and both are vying for the same spot on the Steelers roster. Wing averaged 43.7 yards per punt during the 2014 season. Jordan Berry is a 6'5", 205-lb wildcard who attended Eastern Kentucky and joined the Steelers after he had returned to Australia. Wing has been more reliable than some Steelers punters in recent memory, but he did have a few botched holds on field goal attempts and a few poor punts during the 2014 season (such has his stunning 29-yarder in our loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.)
2) Will there be any new offensive line players on the roster?
While Mike Munchak has transformed the offensive line from a horrible liability to a strong asset, the O-line personnel still have a lot to do with the unit's recent success. Alejandro Villanueva, Miles Dieffenbach, and BJ Finney both are all promising prospects for the offensive line. Will the Steelers keep Mike Adams around? Do any of the newer guys have a shot at the final roster?
3) Will it be Josh Harris, Ross Scheuerman, or Cameron Stingily at RB?
My money is with Josh Harris, though Scheuerman and Stingily have certainly received a lot of positive buzz. Dri Archer will likely be on the roster as a WR/RB special teams option along with Le'Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams.
4) What will happen at safety?
The Steelers secondary is in transition. Or, less euphemistically, the Steelers secondary is a huge weak link. Troy Polamalu has retired, and wasn't at the top of his game last year. Nonetheless, it did seem part of his role on the field was to direct traffic and help other confused members of the secondary. Hopefully everyone will be comfortable with the playbook and Keith Butler's schemes will be manageable, but the Steelers still need reliable personnel to rebuild. Sure bets are Mike Mitchell (hopefully his groin and knowledge of the playbook are vastly improved over last year), Shamarko Thomas, Will Allen, and Robert Golden. Beyond that, Gerod Holliman certainly has a shot as a number four safety who could provide help on special teams. Ross Ventrone is another likely candidate.
5) Will there be any surprising developments at training camp?
I'm going to say "yes," but I'm not going to predict what these developments might be. Of course, to create a hybrid Ike Taylor- Mike Tomlin quote: "Only time will tell, obviously, and we accept that."