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Bryan: 2019 Steelers 53-Man Roster Prediction: Final Edition

With the team’s fourth and final preseason game of 2019 now in the books, it’s time for me to post my final 2019 53-man roster prediction for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

As usual, I have included some analysis underneath each position group and I invite you to post your own differences in the comments below along with your own 53-man roster prediction.

My previous versions are linked below:

Bryan: 2019 Steelers 53-Man Roster Prediction: Post Draft Edition

Bryan: 2019 Steelers 53-Man Roster Prediction: Pre-Training Camp Edition

Bryan: 2019 Steelers 53-Man Roster Prediction: Post Preseason Game 1 Edition

Bryan: 2019 Steelers 53-Man Roster Prediction: Post Preseason Game 2 Edition

Bryan: 2019 Steelers 53-Man Roster Prediction: Post Preseason Game 3 Edition

Offense (24)

Quarterbacks (3)Ben RoethlisbergerMason RudolphJoshua Dobbs

Analysis: Unless Dobbs is dealt, he should be the No. 3 behind Rudolph. Devlin Hodges was a great story this year but the only way he sticks is if Dobbs is sent packing. I just can’t predict a trade still.

Running Backs (3)James Conner, Jaylen Samuels, Benny Snell Jr.

Analysis: Trey Edmunds is probably the better special teams player but I think Snell did enough in that phase to stick on the 53. Besides, the Steelers have a fourth-round draft invested in him and Edmunds should be able to clear waivers and get back to the practice squad.

Fullbacks (1)Roosevelt Nix

Analysis: Nix is a core special teamer and the starting fullback. He’s a lock.

Wide Receivers (6)JuJu Smith-Schuster, Donte Moncrief, James WashingtonDiontae JohnsonRyan Switzer, Johnny Holton

Analysis: Eli Rogers and Switzer have seemed redundant for some time now. With the latter seemingly set to be the returner once again, that leaves Rogers, who has no other special teams ability, as the odd man out in lieu of Holton being kept. Holton can contribute heavily on special teams and also can play the Z and X wide receiver spot in a pinch. Maybe the Steelers can deal Rogers for a tight end or draft pick before cutting him.

Tight Ends (3) – Vance McDonald, Xavier Grimble, Zach Gentry

Analysis: This is a scary position for the Steelers. McDonald needs to stay healthy. Gentry might can be cut and clear waivers to the practice squad if the team can find an upgrade in the next week.

Offensive Linemen (8)Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro, Ramon Foster, Alejandro Villanueva, B.J. Finney, Matt Feiler, Chukwuma OkoraforZach Banner

Analysis: The Steelers like to dress seven offensive online every week and usually like to keep nine in total. They really seem to like Johnson and Banner stuck on the 53 all last season as well. The only way i can make a spot for the Steelers preseason MVP is to cut Johnson and hope he clears waivers. He had a good preseason, just not a great one like a certain outside linebacker.

Defense (26)

Defensive Linemen (6)Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt, Javon Hargrave, Tyson Alualu, Daniel McCullers, Isaiah Buggs

Analysis: These six have been my six since the start and the Steelers have a long history of keeping at least six defensive linemen.

Inside Linebackers (5)Vince Williams, Mark Barron, Devin Bush, Tyler Matakevich, Ulysees Gilbert III

Analysis: Gilbert played a ton on special teams during the preseason and he and Matakevich figure to be core special teamers.

Outside Linebackers (5)Bud Dupree, T.J. Watt, Anthony Chickillo, Olasunkanmi Adeniyi, Tuzar Skipper

Analysis: Adeniyi is still currently recovering from a meniscus tear and it will be interesting to see if he can be ready by the start of the regular season. Chickillo is also currently banged up but should be ready for Week 1. I just don’t see the Steelers cutting Chickillo due to his special teams ability and experience. Skipper had a preseason to remember and while he did finally see more special teams action in the finale, him not being on the punt coverage team still makes it very hard for me to still find him a spot on the 53. Keeping 10 total linebackers and 8 offensive linemen is unprecedented under Mike Tomlin but it’s the only way to make a spot for Skipper. He went above and beyond in the finale and while he might not dress, he deserves to be on the 53.

Cornerbacks (6) –  Joe Haden, Steven Nelson, Mike Hilton, Artie Burns, Justin Layne, Cameron Sutton

Analysis: These six have felt like the right six for all of training camp. Layne was banged up in the preseason finale so he might be inactive for Week 1.

Safeties (4) – Sean Davis, Terrell Edmunds, Kameron Kelly, Jordan Dangerfield

Analysis: Davis is banged up but says he’ll be ready for the opener. Kelly has seemed like a lock for the last several weeks now and that leaves a battle between Dangerfield and Marcus Allen. I have Dangerfield, the more reliable special teams player, winning out with Allen going to the practice squad.

Specialists (3)

Kicker (1)Chris Boswell

Analysis: Boswell did fine during the preseason while Matthew Wright predictably didn’t put up much of a battle.

Punter (1)Jordan Berry

Analysis: While Ian Berryman put up a nice fight, I still can’t make myself pick him over Berry.

Long Snapper (1)Kameron Canaday

Analysis: Canaday is the only legitimate long snapper and a lock.

Reserve List (3)

Reserve/PUP (1)Ryan Shazier

Reserve/Injured (2)Lavon Hooks, Brian Allen

Practice Squad (11)

Derwin Gray, Patrick MorrisChristian Scotland-Williamson, Henry MondeauxMarcus AllenFred JohnsonSutton Smith, Trey Edmunds, Tevin Jones. Robert Spillane, Trevon Mathis

Week 1 Inactives (7)

Joshua Dobbs, Zach Banner, Tuzar Skipper, Diontae JohnsonIsaiah Buggs, Olasunkanmi AdeniyiJustin Layne

SUMMARY: Like I said, 8 offensive linemen and 10 linebackers is something we’ve never seen Tomlin do. Thankfully the entire group of eight I am keeping is fully healthy.

Steelers 2019 53-Man Roster Prediction
OFFENSE
Roethlisberger, Ben QB
Rudolph, Mason QB
Dobbs, Joshua QB
Conner, James RB
Samuels, Jaylen RB
Snell Jr., Benny RB
Nix, Roosevelt FB
Smith-Schuster, JuJu WR
Moncrief, Donte WR
Washington, James WR
Johnson, Diontae WR
Switzer, Ryan WR
Holton, Johnny WR
McDonald, Vance TE
Grimble, Xavier TE
Gentry, Zach TE
Pouncey, Maurkice C
DeCastro, David G
Foster, Ramon G
Villanueva, Alejandro T
Feiler, Matt T/G
Finney, B.J. C/G
Okorafor, Chukwuma T
Banner, Zach T
DEFENSE
Heyward, Cameron DT
Tuitt, Stephon DE
Alualu, Tyson DE
Hargrave, Javon DT
McCullers, Daniel DT
Buggs, Isaiah DE
Dupree, Bud OLB
Watt, T.J. OLB
Chickillo, Anthony OLB
Adeniyi, Olasunkanmi OLB
Skipper, Tuzar OLB
Williams, Vince ILB
Barron, Mark ILB
Bush, Devin ILB
Matakevich, Tyler ILB
Gilbert III, Ulysees ILB
Haden, Joe CB
Nelson, Steven CB
Hilton, Mike CB
Burns, Artie CB
Sutton, Cameron CB
Layne, Justin CB
Edmunds, Terrell S
Davis, Sean S
Kelly, Kameron S
Dangerfield, Jordan S
SPECIALISTS
Boswell, Chris K
Berry, Jordan P
Canaday, Kameron LS
RESERVE/PUP
Shazier, Ryan ILB
RESERVE/INJURED
Hooks, Lavon DE
Allen, Bryan CB
PRACTICE SQUAD
Edmunds, Trey RB
Grey, Derwin G/T
Jones, Tevin WR
Morris, Patrick C
Scotland-Williamson, Christian TE
Spillane, Robert ILB
Mondeaux, Henry DL
Mathis, Trevon CB
Allen, Marcus S
Smith, Sutton OLB
Johnson, Fred G
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