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2015 Steelers 53 Man Roster Prediction: Post First Preseason Game

With the Pittsburgh Steelers first preseason game now in the books, it’s time for another 53 man roster prediction. Injuries have dictated that I make a few changes this time around and in case you missed it, here is my pre training camp stab at the final roster.

Feel free to chime in with your thoughts on my selections in the comments below in addition to adding your own 53-man prediction.

Offense (24)

Quarterbacks (3)Ben Roethlisberger, Bruce Gradkowski, Landry Jones

Analysis: (No Changes) I really have no reason to change anything here after the first preseason game and it certainly doesn’t bode well for Tajh Boyd that he didn’t play any snaps against the Vikings

Running Backs (3*)DeAngelo Williams, Dri Archer, Josh Harris

Analysis: (No Changes) Once again, no changes to this grouping and barring injuries, it will remain like this the rest of the way.

Fullbacks (1)Will Johnson

Analysis: (No Changes) Johnson’s spot on the roster is uber safe.

Wide Receivers (5)Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, Martavis Bryant, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Sammie Coates

Analysis: At this point, I doubt seriously that a young wide receiver is going to push Heyward-Bey off the roster.

Tight Ends (3)Heath Miller, Matt Spaeth, Jesse James

Analysis: (No Changes) He may have a case of the drops right now, but James is still way inside the bubble right now. Besides, barring injury, he’s going to be used mostly on special teams this year.

Offensive Linemen (9)Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro, Ramon Foster, Marcus Gilbert, Mike Adams, Kelvin Beachum, Cody Wallace, Chris Hubbard, Alejandro Villanueva

Analysis: (No Changes) I’m standing pat here as well. If Villanueva continues to play like he did against the Vikings, he’ll be hard to keep off the roster. At that point the team will need to decide what to do with a hopefully healthy Mike Adams.

Defense (26)

Defensive Linemen (6)Steve McLendon, Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt, Daniel McCullers, Cam Thomas, L.T. Walton

Analysis: (Two Changes) Two changes here. First the injury to Clifton Geathers now cements a spot for Thomas. Additionally, Walton looks like a keeper right now as far as the 6th spot goes. Ethan Hemer might be the only one to challenge him.

Inside Linebackers (5)Lawrence Timmons, Ryan Shazier, Vince Williams, Sean Spence, Terence Garvin

Analysis: (No Changes) The groin injury that Jordan Zumwalt suffered Tuesday during practice won’t help his cause even though he played well against the Vikings. Garvin also played well in that game and is the better special teams player.

Outside Linebackers (5)Jarvis Jones, Arthur Moats, James Harrison, Bud Dupree, Anthony Chickillo

Analysis: (No Changes) No reason to make changes with this group.

Cornerbacks (6) –  Cortez Allen, William Gay, Antwon Blake, Brandon Boykin, Doran Grant, B.W. Webb

Analysis: (One Change) In comes Boykin via a trade and he’ll replace Senquez Golson, who will likely start the season on the Reserve PUP list.

Safeties (4)Mike Mitchell, Shamarko Thomas, Will Allen, Robert Golden

Analysis: (No Changes) I would like to fit Ross Ventrone in here for special teams, but still cant find him a roster spot.

Specialists (3)

Kicker (1)Garrett Hartley

Analysis: (One Change) Shaun Suisham is now out for the season and will be placed on injured reserve in a few days.

Punter (1)Brad Wing

Analysis: (No Changes) Wing will be pushed by newcomer Jordan Berry but as it stands right now, I have no reason to go against the incumbent.

Long Snapper (1)Greg Warren

Analysis: (No Changes) Barring injury, Warren will be the long snapper once again.

Reserve/Suspended (1)Le’Veon Bell

Analysis: No explanation needed.

Reserve/Injured (2)Shaun Suisham, Clifton Geathers

Analysis: No explanation needed.

Reserve/PUP (1)Senquez Golson

Analysis: No explanation needed.

Practice Squad (10) – (Several Changes) Cameron Clear, Miles Dieffenbach, Kevin Fogg, C.J. Goodwin, Ethan Hemer, Gerod Holliman, Shakim Phillips, B.J. Finney, Jawon Chisolm, Howard Jones

Analysis: Several changes here thanks mostly to injuries.

Steelers 2015 Roster Prediction – 8/12/15

Offense
76 Adams, Mike T
13 Archer, Dri RB/WR
68 Beachum, Kelvin T
84 Brown, Antonio WR
10 Bryant, Martavis WR
14 Coates, Sammie WR
66 DeCastro, David G
73 Foster, Ramon G
77 Gilbert, Marcus T
5 Gradkowski, Bruce QB
25 Harris, Josh RB
88 Heyward-Bey, Darrius WR
74 Hubbard, Chris G
81 James, Jesse TE
46 Johnson, Will FB/TE
3 Jones, Landry QB
83 Miller, Heath TE
53 Pouncey, Maurkice C
7 Roethlisberger, Ben QB
89 Spaeth, Matt TE
78 Villanueva, Alejandro T
72 Wallace, Cody C/G
11 Wheaton, Markus WR
34 Williams, DeAngelo RB
Defense
28 Allen, Cortez CB
20 Allen, Will S
41 Blake, Antwon CB
25 Boykin, Brandon CB
40 Chickillo, Anthony OLB
48 Dupree, Bud OLB
57 Garvin, Terence ILB
22 Gay, William CB
21 Golden, Robert S
24 Grant, Doran CB
92 Harrison, James OLB
97 Heyward, Cameron DE
95 Jones, Jarvis OLB
62 McCullers, Daniel NT
90 McLendon, Steve NT
23 Mitchell, Mike S
55 Moats, Arthur OLB
50 Shazier, Ryan ILB
51 Spence, Sean ILB
93 Thomas, Cam DE
29 Thomas, Shamarko S
94 Timmons, Lawrence ILB
91 Tuitt, Stephon DE
78 Walton, L.T. DE
39 Webb, B.W. CB
98 Williams, Vince ILB
Specialists
8 Hartley, Garrett K
60 Warren, Greg LS
9 Wing, Brad P
Reserve/Suspended
26 Bell, Le’Veon RB
Reserve/Injured
6 Suisham, Shaun K
96 Geathers, Clifton DE
Reserve/PUP
27 Golson, Senquez CB
Practice Squad
85 Clear, Cameron TE
65 Dieffenbach, Miles G
30 Fogg, Kevin CB
18 Goodwin, C.J. WR
79 Hemer, Ethan DE
31 Holliman, Gerod S
67 Finney, B.J. C/G
19 Phillips, Shakim WR
49 Chisholm, Jawon RB
44 Jones, Howard OLB
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