Part six of our 90-part series— yes, 90 parts, assuming the roster does not change before we are complete— will break down each player of the Steelers current 90-man roster in alphabetical order. This series will encompass many aspects of each players game and their current role with the team. At the end, I’ll give some projected stats as well as their chances to make the 53-man roster.
Next up is our first QB, former Ohio State Buckeye:
Height: 6’ 2”
Weight: 220 lbs
College: Ohio State
Draft: Undrafted in 2018
N/A (spent part of the Season on the New Orleans Saints practice squad)
Expires in 2020
$610,000 salary cap number (0.3% of total cap)
$0 dead money
$610,000 cap savings if cut
Likelihood of making the roster
Not Likely. What J.T. Barrett has going for him is that it appears the Steelers coaching staff isn't completely sold yet on Devlin Hodges in the QB3 spot. But what Barrett has working against him is even if Hodges gets beat out for the position, it’ll likely be by the tall, big armed, first-round pedigree of Paxton Lynch.
I fully expect Barrett to be released by the club at the end of camp, however, he still has one year of practice squad eligibility left and he could be destined to end up there. At the very least his speed can be use in practice to try to help emulate Lamar Jackson every time Ravens week comes around.
J.T. Barrett produced at a very high level in college and deservedly earned a shot in the pros. While there's no conceivable universe where he can beat out Ben Roethlisberger or even Mason Rudolph he can play an integral part in making sure the starting defense is ready each and every week. It will be fun to watch Barrett and Lynch duke it out in the hall of fame game and the rest of the preseason. Here’s to hoping we actually get to see it!