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The updated 2020 Pittsburgh Steelers offseason 90-man roster following the draft

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The Steelers only saw a net gain of three players on offense while adding nine spots on defense

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The Pittsburgh Steelers 2020 roster is taking following the NFL draft. With six draft picks and ten undrafted rookie free agents helping to fill out the rest of the open spots, The Steelers also released three players in order to have a 90 man roster. Here is a breakdown of the Steelers roster by position with the number of players kept (in parentheses) on their initial 53-man roster in 2019. The ranking is not necessarily a depth chart, but higher profile players are listed toward the top with current undrafted rookie free agents being at the bottom.

Offense

Quarterback (3)

  1. Ben Roethlisberger
  2. Mason Rudolph
  3. Devlin Hodges
  4. Paxton Lynch
  5. J.T. Barrett

Analysis: Nothing changed in the quarterback room either through the draft or undrafted free agents.

Running Back (3)

  1. James Conner
  2. Benny Snell Jr.
  3. Jaylen Samuels
  4. Anthony McFarland Jr.
  5. Kerrith Whyte Jr.
  6. Trey Edmunds
  7. Ralph Webb

Analysis: The Steelers added the fourth-round draft pick in McFarland, but released Darrin Hall who spent time on the Steelers’ practice squad in 2019.

Fullback (1):

  1. Derek Watt
  2. Spencer Nigh

Analysis: With two additional spots on the practice squad starting in 2020, perhaps the Steelers decide to keep another full back.

Wide Receiver (5)

  1. JuJu Smith-Schuster
  2. Diontae Johnson
  3. James Washington
  4. Chase Claypool
  5. Deon Cain
  6. Ryan Switzer
  7. Amara Darboh
  8. Quadree Henderson
  9. Anthony Johnson
  10. Saeed Blacknall

Analysis: With the Steelers using their top draft pick on a receiver, they balanced out the room by releasing Jamal Custis.

Tight End (3)

  1. Vance McDonald
  2. Eric Ebron
  3. Zach Gentry
  4. Kevin Rader
  5. Christian Scotland-Williamson

Analysis: With Eric Ebron coming into the mix, there was no need to change anything in the tight end room during the draft.

Offensive Line (9)

  1. Maurkice Pouncey
  2. David DeCastro
  3. Alejandro Villanueva
  4. Matt Feiler
  5. Chukwuma Okorafor
  6. Stefen Wisniewski
  7. Zach Banner
  8. Kevin Dotson
  9. Derwin Gray
  10. J.C. Hassenauer
  11. Christian DiLauro
  12. John Keenoy
  13. Anthony Coyle
  14. Jarron Jones
  15. Christian Montano

Analysis: It appears as if the Steelers added enough players to run three separate squads when training camp begins.


Defense

Defensive Line (6)

  1. Cameron Heyward
  2. Stephon Tuitt
  3. Tyson Alualu
  4. Chris Wormley
  5. Daniel McCullers
  6. Isaiah Buggs
  7. Carlos Davis
  8. Henry Mondeaux
  9. Cavon Walker
  10. Dewayne Hendrix
  11. Calvin Taylor
  12. Josiah Coatney

Analysis: By adding three more players over the weekend, the Steelers have twice as many D-linemen than what they normally carry during the regular season.

Outside Linebacker (5)

  1. T.J. Watt
  2. Bud Dupree
  3. Alex Highsmith
  4. Olasunkanmi Adeniyi
  5. Tuzar Skipper
  6. James Lockhart

Analysis: The room was thin, so the Steelers added a couple players into the mix.

Inside Linebacker (5)

  1. Vince Williams
  2. Devin Bush
  3. Ulysees Gilbert III
  4. Robert Spillane
  5. John Houston
  6. Leo Lewis

Analysis: Not addressing the position directly during the draft, the Steelers brought in two undrafted rookie free agents.

Cornerback (6)

  1. Joe Haden
  2. Steven Nelson
  3. Mike Hilton
  4. Cameron Sutton
  5. Justin Layne
  6. Alexander Myres
  7. Breon Borders
  8. Arrion Springs
  9. Trajan Bandy
  10. James Pierre

Analysis: The Steelers didn’t feel the need to draft a corner in 2020, but they brought in an intriguing undrafted free agent who could get into the mix.

Safety (4)

  1. Minkah Fitzpatrick
  2. Terrell Edmunds
  3. Jordan Dangerfield
  4. Marcus Allen
  5. Antione Brooks Jr.
  6. John Battle
  7. Tyree Kinnel

Analysis: For now, Brooks will be listed in the safety room, although it will be interesting to see if he is more like Mark Barron than Terrell Edmonds.


Specialists

Placekicker (1)

  1. Chris Boswell

Punter (1)

  1. Jordan Berry
  2. Corliss Waitman

Long Snapper (1)

  1. Kameron Canaday
  2. Christian Kuntz

Analysis: It’s no surprise Boswell does not have competition for 2020 at this time, but Berry will have to prove his worth.


Totals

Offense: 44

Defense: 41

Specialists: 5

Total: 90