For those of you who read the headline to this article and rolled your eyes thinking “Here we go again with another 53-man roster prediction article” — think again.
Every outlet around the country is doing their own version of predicting who will, and won’t, make the Pittsburgh Steelers’ final roster after training camp. The offseason has officially ended, but I decided to go a bit more in-depth on the prediction side of things. Therefore, I decided to lead up to my first complete 53-man roster prediction by going position-by-position and deciding who makes the team and who doesn’t.
Today’s position: The Specialists
Punters: Jordan Berry, Matt Wile
Kickers: Chris Boswell
Long Snappers: Kameron Canaday
This will certainly be something not decided until training camp/the preseason rolls around, but I have a feeling I know what the depth chart will look like, and how each player will fit into the team’s scheme when all is said and done, barring injury.
Chris Boswell (K) — The Wizard of Boz. Enough said.
Kameron Canaday (LS) — With no competition, and no 6th round pick to be the spark the special teams need, Canaday’s job feels safe.
Jordan Berry (P) — Berry is the only one facing competition this camp, and it might be just what the doctor ordered. For some players, even punters, when you know your job is safe you can relax. Berry has a big leg, and the skill necessary to be a quality punter in the NFL, but his inconsistencies have been glaring at times. I think Berry returns for 2018.
Players to be Cut:
Roster Spots taken: 40/53
Next position: Defensive Line
Predicting the Starting Safeties
Predicting the Starting Inside Linebackers
Predicting the Starting Wide Receivers
Predicting the Starting Running Backs
Predicting the Starting Cornerbacks
Predicting the Starting Outside Linebackers
Predicting the Starting Offensive Linemen