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The updated 2021 Pittsburgh Steelers offseason 90-man roster after the latest additions

The Steelers added two more players the week following the draft and released four other to get down to 90.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers 2021 roster is taking shape a week removed from the NFL draft. With nine draft picks and eight undrafted rookie free agents helping to fill out the rest of the open spots and beyond, the Steelers added two more players this week. Already two players over the limit after adding their UDFAs, the Steelers made four cuts this week. For this roster update, those players who were released will be crossed out before being removed for the next update.

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 2020. The ranking is not necessarily a depth chart, but higher profile players are listed toward the top with current undrafted free agents being at the bottom.


Quarterback (3)

  1. Ben Roethlisberger
  2. Mason Rudolph
  3. Joshua Dobbs
  4. Dewayne Haskins

Analysis: Same four guys, and this is unlikely to change until September.

Running Back (4)

  1. Najee Harris
  2. Benny Snell Jr.
  3. Jaylen Samuels
  4. Anthony McFarland Jr.
  5. Kalen Ballage
  6. Trey Edmunds

Analysis: Is anybody other than Najee Harris 100% safe to be in Pittsburgh come Week 1?

Fullback (1):

  1. Derek Watt

Analysis: This might be the mos boring position group to talk about on the whole team.

Wide Receiver (5)

  1. JuJu Smith-Schuster
  2. Diontae Johnson
  3. Chase Claypool
  4. James Washington
  5. Ray-Ray McCloud
  6. Anthony Johnson
  7. Cody White
  8. Tyler Simmons
  9. Matthew Sexton
  10. Isaiah McCoy
  11. Ricco Bussey

Analysis: The battle for the practice squad should be a good one.

Tight End (3)

  1. Eric Ebron
  2. Pat Freiermuth
  3. Zach Gentry
  4. Kevin Rader
  5. Dax Raymond
  6. Charles Jones

Analysis: Jones became expendable with the drafting Freiermuth.

Offensive Line (9)

  1. David DeCastro
  2. Chukwuma Okorafor
  3. Zach Banner
  4. Kevin Dotson
  5. B.J. Finney
  6. Joe Haeg
  7. Kendrick Green
  8. J.C. Hassenauer
  9. Dan Moore
  10. Rashaad Coward
  11. Aviante Collins
  12. Anthony Coyle
  13. Jarron Jones
  14. John Leglue
  15. Brandon Walton

Analysis: The Steelers also kept three linemen on the practice squad for most of last year.


Defensive Line (6)

  1. Cameron Heyward
  2. Stephon Tuitt
  3. Tyson Alualu
  4. Chris Wormley
  5. Carlos Davis
  6. Isaiah Buggs
  7. Henry Mondeaux
  8. Isaiahh Loudermilk
  9. Abdullah Anderson
  10. Calvin Taylor
  11. Demarcus Christmas
  12. T.J. Carter

Analysis: This room is crowded with enough bodies to run four squads in base defense.

Outside Linebacker (4)

  1. T.J. Watt
  2. Alex Highsmith
  3. Quincy Roche
  4. Cassius Marsh
  5. Jamir Jones
  6. Jamar Watson

Analysis: This is one group which could still see an addition before training camp.

Inside Linebacker (4)

  1. Devin Bush
  2. Vince Williams
  3. Robert Spillane
  4. Buddy Johnson
  5. Ulysees Gilbert III
  6. Marcus Allen
  7. Miles Killebrew
  8. Tegray Scales
  9. Jarvis Miller
  10. Calvin Bundage

Analysis: Although I listed Bundage here, he played both off the line and edge rusher in Oklahoma State’s 4-3 defense so he could be bumped to the outside.

Cornerback (6)

  1. Joe Haden
  2. Cam Sutton
  3. Justin Layne
  4. James Pierre
  5. Tre Norwood
  6. Stephen Denmark
  7. Trevor Williams
  8. Skakur Brown
  9. Mark Gilbert
  10. DeMarkus Acy

Analysis: The addition of Acy cost Williams a spot, even with multiple years of NFL experience.

Safety (5)

  1. Minkah Fitzpatrick
  2. Terrell Edmunds
  3. Antione Brooks Jr.
  4. John Battle
  5. Lamont Wade
  6. Donovan Steiner
  7. Arthur Maulet

Analysis: Maulet is listed some places as a cornerback, but most recently played safety for the Jets. Like most of the depth players here, they also could fit in another position group. I still think Killebrew belongs here but the Steelers still have him listed as a LB.


Placekicker (1)

  1. Chris Boswell

Punter (1)

  1. Jordan Berry
  2. Pressley Harvin III
  3. Corliss Waitman

Long Snapper (1)

  1. Kameron Canaday
  2. Christian Kuntz

Analysis: The drafting of Harvin pretty much sealed the fate for Waitman the moment his name was called.


Offense: 42

Defense: 43

Specialists: 5

Total: 90