By Alex Kozora
Although the Pittsburgh Steelers official depth chart has been released, those don’t tend to be very involved and aren’t always accurate. If it wasn’t league-mandated, teams wouldn’t submit them this early.
I’ve created a depth chart below based on what I believe the current – and I can’t emphasis the word “current” enough here – depth chart is based on what I’ve seen through 12 practices and one game. It also allows for overlap where a player can be listed twice, something the team depth chart doesn’t include (e.g. Will Allen is listed at free and strong safety). And wanted to shed any “co-team” labels like you’ll see on depth charts. That’s no fun.
Don’t read too much into it but it’s something to start your morning off. Added a couple of notes below.
Left Outside Linebacker
Right Outside Linebacker
– Clearly, I don’t have special teams on here. Want to do something a little more in-depth with that later in the week.
– Running back is tough to get a read on. Today’s pecking order should reveal more. Still have Poole ahead of Harris based on what happened up until yesterday’s practice. Poole’s special teams value also gives him the edge. Harris hasn’t played on any unit. But decided to leapfrog Harris over Hall and Maysonet, though a case can be made for Hall to remain ahead.
– Back end of the wide receivers, the last four, are a tossup. Put Sampson ahead because he at least played on special teams Saturday. More than what can be said for Moore, Goodwin, and Shaw – though Shaw probably hadn’t learned the system well enough to consider playing. Kashif Moore is still the eldest of the three, followed by Goodwin, and Shaw, determining the final three.
– Tight end is similar between Blanchflower and Waters, though I’m positive both are behind Paulson. Waters came in before Blanchflower and got a look on special teams so he’s ahead for now.
– Still currently see Mike Adams as the swing tackle at either spot.
– Moats could become the first man up at either outside linebacker spot but I want to see him get reps at ROLB in a game before I add him in there.
– Devin Smith over Shaq Richardson would be a surprise to most but I’m just reading the tea leaves from Saturday’s game. Smith came in at LCB before Richardson. And I’ll repeat: “currently.”
– Still see Will Allen as the top backup at both safety spots.
– Being generous by calling Bryce Davis the backup long snapper. I don’t think he’s long-snapped in practice since early in camp. Didn’t at all in the game.