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Predicting the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2019 53-man roster after Preseason Week 3

With three -quarters of the preseason games under our belt, it’s time to update our predictions for the Steelers 53-man roster.

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Preseason Week 3 is in the books. With the starters getting their chance to shine, let’s re-visit our 53-man off-season 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

Analysis: Since Devlin Hodges did not get a chance to take the field Sunday night, he couldn’t do anything to help his cause. On the other hand, Dobbs did not do himself any favors with his performance.

Running Back (3)

James Conner, Jaylen Samuels, Benny Snell Jr.

Changes: None

Analysis: Even though Snell was held out this week, I still believe the Steelers keep him on the roster.

Fullback (1)

Roosevelt Nix

Changes: None

Analysis: Di Nix even get a snap on offense in Week 3?

Wide Receiver (6)

JuJu Smith-Schuster, Donte Moncrief, James Washington, Diontae Johnson, Eli Rogers, Ryan Switzer

Changes: None

Analysis: While many feel Diontae Spencer is still in the running, it is literally his “running” keeping him in the conversation as he did not catch a pass in Week 3. As for Johnny Holton, his lack of production as a receiver is making it harder to keep him on the roster for his special teams ability.

Tight End (3)

Vance McDonald, Xavier Grimble, Zach Gentry

Changes: None

Analysis: It’s the best they’ve got. For now.

Offensive Line (8)

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

Changes: Fred Johnson out

Analysis: To keep an extra linebacker to start the season, a cut had to made somewhere. Johnson slides on to the practice squad if the Steelers can get him there.

Total Offense: 24


Defensive Line (6)

Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt, Javon Hargrave, Tyson Alualu, Isaiah Buggs, Daniel McCullers

Changes: none

Analysis: The biggest question mark is looking less like McCullers and more like Buggs. I think Buggs sticks but is inactive every week unless there’s an injury.

Outside Linebacker (5)

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

Changes: None

Analysis: No, Adeniyi is not going on the IR to return later in the season unless he has complications with his rehab. Skipper has shown he belongs while Sutton Smith did not overly impress in his first action of the preseason.

Inside Linebacker (5)

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

Changes: None

Analysis: Gilbert has shown too much to not make this squad.

Cornerback (6)

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

Changes: None

Analysis: It is becoming quite clear this will be the cornerback room for the Steelers. Anything different would be a big surprise.

Safety (4)

Sean Davis, Terrell Edmunds, Jordan Dangerfield , Kam Kelly

Changes: Kelly in

Analysis: It was foolish to not include Kelly as he seems to be the next guy in after Davis and Edmunds. Yes, Davis left the game with an ankle, but it doesn’t appear to be too serious. The Steelers love Dangerfield on special teams, but Marcus Allen is making the push later in the preseason much like I predicted.

Total Defense: 26

Special Teams

Specialists (3)

Chris Boswell, Kameron Canaday, Jordan Berry

Changes: Berry in

Analysis: Berry didn't do terrible this week, especially when he set the defense up for a safety. I guess he’s allowed one more week to stay.

Total Team: 53