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Predicting the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2019 53-man roster after Preseason Week 1

With one preseason game under our belt, it’s time to update our predictions for the Steelers 53-man roster.

NFL: AUG 09 Preseason - Buccaneers at Steelers Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Preseason Week 1 is in the books. Now that most most players have taken the field to show they are worthy of making the cut, let’s re-visit our 53-man offseason roster prediction. Did anything change? Who do we have projected to make the team, and who will be looking for employment in a few weeks?

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Quarterback (3)

Ben Roethlisberger, Mason Rudolph, Joshua Dobbs

Changes: None, other than the order

Analysis: Rudolph looked more like the Steelers back up for 2019. Can they both hold off the surging Devlin Hodges?

Running Back (3)

James Conner, Jaylen Samuels, Benny Snell Jr.

Changes: None

Analysis: Trey Edmunds is a name to watch, but there just doesn’t appear to be any room.

Fullback (1)

Roosevelt Nix

Changes: None

Analysis: The 2017 Pro Bowler is a lock.

Wide Receiver (6)

JuJu Smith-Schuster, Donte Moncrief, James Washington, Diontae Johnson, Eli Rogers, Johnny Holton

Changes: Holton in, Ryan Switzer out

Analysis: I liked Johnny Holton before the first preseason game, and I like him even more now. Keeping him fills the Darrius Heyward-Bey role from last season. To make room, Switzer or Rodgers had to go. I flipped a coin, so this week it’s Switzer.

Tight End (3)

Vance McDonald, Xavier Grimble, Zach Gentry

Changes: None

Analysis: Gentry at least showed he was on the team in Week 1. I never noticed Grimble. A move here is still possible before the regular season.

Offensive Line (9)

Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro, Ramon Foster, Alejandro Villanueva, Matt Feiler, Chukwuma Okorafor, B.J. Finney, Fred Johnson, Zach Banner

Changes: Johnson and Banner in, Grey and Hawkins out

Analysis: I added a couple of big boys to the squad. Both Johnson and Banner are earning spots on the field while Hawkins has seemed to struggle.

Total Offense: 25


Defensive Line (6)

Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt, Javon Hargrave, Tyson Alualu, Isaiah Buggs, Lavon Hooks

Changes: None

Analysis: I think Buggs and Hooks can both bump Daniel McCullers off the roster. Keep an eye out for Henry Mondeaux who played well at the end of the Tampa game.

Outside Linebacker (4)

T.J. Watt, Bud Dupree, Anthony Chickillo, Olasunkanmi Adeniyi

Changes: Smith out

Analysis: By not taking the field in Week 1, Sutton Smith has an uphill battle to make the squad. Chances are he doesn’t bump an OLB, but instead would take a spot from some other position group. It doesn’t help Tuzar Skipper is also getting noticed.

Inside Linebacker (5)

Vince Williams, Mark Barron, Devin Bush, Ulysees Gilbert III, Tyler Matakevich

Changes: Matakevich in

Analysis: With both Gilbert and Matakevich playing well against Tampa, both players could earn the spot.

Cornerback (6)

Joe Haden, Steven Nelson, Mike Hilton, Cameron Sutton, Justin Layne, Artie Burns

Changes: Burns in, Allen out

Analysis: It’s strange Artie Burns moved back onto the roster when he didn’t play in the game. Still, Brian Allen didn’t stand out in any way. Justin Layne will stay due to his draft status, but look for him to be inactive most of the season.

Safety (4)

Sean Davis, Terrell Edmunds, Jordan Dangerfield, Kameron Kelly

Changes: Kelly in, Allen out

Analysis: Marcus Allen didn’t really do anything to get noticed so far this preseason. But don’t count him out yet because he didn’t do much in 2018 until Week 3.

Total Defense: 25

Special Teams

Specialists (3)

Chris Boswell, Jordan Berry, Kameron Canaday

Changes: None

Analysis: Boz looks better, but Berry may be in more of a battle with Ian Berryman than he realizes.

Total Team: 53