Moving along with part 59 of our 90(ish?)-part series — assuming the roster does not change even more before we are complete — which will break down each player of the Steelers current 90-man (or 80-man perhaps?) 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.
Let’s take a look at rookie guard:
Height: 6’ 4”
Weight: 300 lbs
Draft: UDFA in 2020
2019 stats (NCAA)
13 Games played
13 Games started
Expires in 2023
$610,833 salary cap number (0.30% of total cap)
$833 Dead money
$610,000 Savings if cut
Likelihood of making the roster
53-man roster next to none, practice squad is a high option.
Christian Montano is in a really tough position on the Steelers roster. He’s basically in an open try out to land a job on some teams practice roster, however with no preseason games being all but confirmed, he won't get any game reps to prove himself worthy for one of the jobs. He basically has to prove to the Steelers staff that he belongs in the NFL and that the Steelers need to keep him around .
Montano basically needs a miracle to make the initial 53 at the guard spot. David DeCastro, Matt Feiler, Stefen Wisniewski, and Kevin Dotson are virtual locks to make this roster meaning Montano is fighting for a practice squad job in Pittsburgh.
N/A — Practice squad
Montano has walked an interesting path in order to make it to the NFL, he is a Brown university graduate, and a bowl winning starter at Tulane. He will continue to walk that path as he will likely have a red shirt year within the NFL’s practice squad system, before a chance at making a team full time in 2021. Time will tell whether Montano will land on the Steelers practice squad or get snagged by another team.
Antoine Brooks Jr.
Ulysees Gilbert III
Anthony McFarland Jr.