The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for their first preseason game against the New York Giants this Friday, and it is time I release my first predictions for the team’s 53-man roster.
First, understand these are just my opinions, and you are entitled to your own — none of us really know what will happen between now and cut down day after the final preseason game at the end of the month.
Next, these include all players, even those who aren’t practicing, or aren’t allowed to practice, assuming they will be on the roster when Week 1 rolls around and the preparations for the Cleveland Browns begin.
In all honesty, there weren’t too many tough decisions when putting together these lists, considering there are only a few camp battles in this year’s training camp. The tough decisions were at wide receiver, running back, cornerback and possibly along the defensive line.
Other than that, this felt like business as usual for the black and gold. Obviously, injuries and preseason performances could swap players like Senquez Golson for someone like Mike Hilton, but there is a lot of time between now and when those decisions have to be made.
The plan is to update these before every preseason game.
Here goes nothing...
QB — Ben Roethlisberger, Landry Jones, Joshua Dobbs (3)
RB/FB — Le’Veon Bell, James Conner, Knile Davis, Fitzgerald Toussaint, Roosevelt Nix (8)
WR — Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, Eli Rogers, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Sammie Coates, Justin Hunter (14)
TE — Jesse James, David Johnson, Xavier Grimble (17)
OL — Maurkice Pouncey, B.J. Finney, Ramon Foster, David DeCastro, Chris Hubbard, Marcus Gilbert, Alejandro Villanueva, Jerald Hawkins (25)
DL — Stephon Tuitt, Cameron Heyward, Javon Hargrave, L.T. Walton, Tyson Alualu (30)
OLB — James Harrison, T.J. Watt, Bud Dupree, Anthony Chickillo, Arthur Moats (35)
ILB — Ryan Shazier, Tyler Matakevich, Vince Williams, Steven Johnons, L.J. Fort (40)
CB — Ross Cockrell, William Gay, Artie Burns, Coty Sensabaugh, Cameron Sutton, Senquez Golson (46)
S — Sean Davis, Mike Mitchell, Jordan Dangerfield, Robert Golden (50)
K — Chris Boswell, Jordan Berry (52)
LS — Colin Holba (53)