The main wave of NFL Free Agency has come and gone, and the 2020 NFL Draft is now officially in the rear view mirror. In other words, team’s rosters won’t be changing much as the 2020 regular season approaches.
With rosters essentially set for the upcoming season, it is safe to look back at teams’ rosters and see where the might be holes to fill. Areas where the depth might be lacking.
In the NFL there isn’t a team in the league who doesn’t have holes on their roster. But that isn’t to suggest some teams have small holes, while other teams are sporting gaping holes in both their starting lineups and as it pertains to depth.
When talking about the Pittsburgh Steelers, there are certainly positions which leave a lot to be desired, but the majority of these “holes” are found in the depth on the roster. Think about the projected starting lineup, and there really isn’t any one position which you see a starter who probably should be supplanted for someone else.
Now, when it comes to the depth of the team, that is a different story altogether. It begs the question of which position is the biggest hole on the team’s 2020 offseason roster. According to ESPN, they say it is quarterback.
Check out what they had to say:
Pittsburgh Steelers: Quarterback
The one team that did not touch its main pre-draft hole in this division was Pittsburgh, which is rolling with Ben Roethlisberger, Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges as the members of the quarterback room. Roethlisberger has missed portions of four of the past five seasons and made several in-season cameos in which the “240 pounds” he was listed at appeared to be just a suggestion. We can understand that Steelers fans believe he’ll be good next season, and we’re not counting that out by any chance — there’s absolutely a scenario in which he plays 16 games and throws for 5,000 yards — but if he can’t stay healthy, the terrific remainder of this roster is going to be shackled with subpar quarterback play because we have no faith in the backups.
There are a lot of fans who would agree with quarterback being at the top of the list, but what about other positions? There are certainly some which leave fans feeling anything but confident heading into the new season.
Interior Offensive Line — When the Steelers watched B.J. Finney leave for the Seattle Seahawks, they lost that depth piece which helped keep them afloat at both Guard and Center. Now, the team is going to have to lean on Stefen Wisniewski for that role, but there is a good chance he is the starting LG to kickoff the season. If something were to happen to Maurkice Pouncey, it would mean a ton of movement along the line, which is never a good thing.
Safety — Minkah Fitzpatrick is the best young safety in the NFL, and Terrell Edmunds is a die hard who rarely misses a snap. Outside of the starting tandem, the pickings are slim. Marcus Allen, Jordan Dangerfield and other unknown-type players fill out the depth chart. Not a good position if one of the two starters goes down.
Inside Linebacker — The team let Mark Barron walk to save salary cap space, and now they are faced with Ulysees Gilbert III and Robert Spillane as the primary backups behind Devin Bush and Vince Williams. Let that sink in...
With that said, do you still feel quarterback is the biggest team hold on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2020 roster? Let us know what you think in the comment section below, and be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold as they prepare for the 2020 regular season.