Before fans sit down in their EZ chair and start learning the Pittsburgh Steelers 2015 53-man roster, you might want to hold off on such a task for a bit. Sure, you can reacquaint yourself with the regulars on the team, but for those players who just made the cut (players like Roosevelt Nix and Tyler Murphy), you might want to wait a day or so before committing those players to memory.
They have earned a spot on the roster, there is no doubting that, but as Mike Tomlin spoke to the media Saturday in preparations for the New England Patriots game this Thursday, the team is keeping their options open for additions to be made. Whenever there are additions, it leads to someone being removed from the team's 53-man roster to make room for the newly acquired player.
"We've been going through some procedural things with the roster," Tomlin stated during his press conference. "Those things are ongoing, and probably will be ongoing for the next day or so as other teams make their decisions and we evaluate what's available. Just normal procedure for us. We got a little bit of our business done, what with our first game coming on Thursday, but we'll keep an eye on what's going on in other cities and the things that might help us be better."
The Steelers 53-man roster is certainly far from complete. For instance, the team is currently carrying only two genuine running backs into the season opener, and despite having two fullbacks on the roster, that will likely change before long. DeAngelo Williams will certainly carry the load for the Steelers, but relying on a combination of Dri Archer, Will Johnson and rookie Roosevelt Nix is far from an ideal situation heading into Week 1.
"We're going to look at the market, like I said, not only at the running back position but at all positions over the next 24-48 hours, because that's just standard business for us," said Tomlin. "It does make it a little bit unique because we're playing on Thursday night instead of Sunday, but we're not going to let that change our perspective on how we put together our 53."
With most NFL teams adjusting to their reduced rosters, many teams like the Steelers are now afforded the opportunity to go window shopping for recently released players. The team will likely pull the trigger on at least one free agent player claimed off the waiver wire, but if another team is also in high demand for the same player the Steelers could be on the losing end of the waiver claim.
The Steelers have already added one new player to their roster in CB Ross Cockrell, who was cut by the Buffalo Bills, and signed to the team's roster as both Kevin Fogg and B.W. Webb were released.
Stay tuned to BTSC as we are tracking all the moves the Steelers make from practice squad signings, to players being placed on injured reserve and even any acquisitions the team might make.