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Pittsburgh Steelers 2018 53-man roster after final cuts

Undrafted rookies Matthew Thomas and Ola Adeniyi are among the new names to make the Steelers Opening Day roster this year

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The Pittsburgh Steelers officially named the 53-man roster they’ll begin the season with on Saturday, and the final round of cuts includes one or two surprises on the roster this year. Undrafted rookies Matthew Thomas and Ola Adeniyi might have been considered longshots to make the Opening Day roster back in April but, barring any last-minute changes, both have overcome the odds to make the 2018 team after impressive preseasons.

As a technicality, the Steelers actually have 54 players on the roster at the time of this writing because Le’Veon Bell is not actually with the team at the moment. Until he signs his franchise tag, he doesn’t count as a player on the active roster — thus Pittsburgh is allowed to carry an extra player until he returns.

Consequently, the Steelers currently have a 54-man roster.

Although the Steelers announced Nat Berhe as one of their cuts, it appears his days with Pittsburgh might not be over quite yet.

There’s a strong possibility he will be re-signed once another name on the 53-man roster is added to injured reserve, with Morgan Burnett, Xavier Grimble and Vance McDonald seemingly among the most likely candidates for that dubious honor.