Analysis: Preseason Week 4 Talent Depth Chart at WR

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This is what I see for depth currently (Rostered players in bold):

LWR (X) Antonio Brown, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Sammie Coates, Demarcus Ayers

SWR (Y) Eli Rogers, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marcus Tucker, Demarcus Ayers

RWR (Z) Martavis Bryant, Justin Hunter, Sammie Coates, Cobi Hamilton

Out/Cut: Canaan Severin (currently with the NY Giants)

I’ve placed the receivers with size on the Right (Z), and the quicker smaller receivers on the Left (X). Our slot guys are set (Y). I think the Steelers keep 6 WRs this year with a proposed emphasis on 4WR sets.

For the X receiver position, We did not get a lot of looks here this week, so I will say Antonio Brown and DHB are safe. Sammie Coates ran a majority of his plays here for his last preseason game, and he really didn’t make an impact at all.

The slot is locked. Rogers and JuJu are rostered. Marcus Tucker had a very good game, and Ayres did well returning punts, but I don’t think either earned a hat from this week’s performance.

Bryant was rested this week, as he already won a roster slot. Justin Hunter had a great game. He worked hard. He made some tough catches and had the biggest play of the game on his deep TD. I think he passed Sammie Coates to be the 6th receiver on this football team. And looking at it now, it’s hard for me to leave him off the roster. If I am imagining needing a big play on 3rd down, I just feel more comfortable throwing to Hunter.

If we keep 7, Sammie Coates is the next logical choice, since he and Hunter are not separated by much, but I think the Steelers will keep 6 this year.

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