Final 53-Man Roster Predictions

Its been a whirlwind of a week for the Steelers as they went against their normal ways by making a big splash in free agency and made their second trade of the preseason.

With a roster that had been mostly sorted out last Monday it now becomes one that is highly unpredictable. Then came the injury to Cornerback Cam Sutton. Pair that with the uncertain status of Mike Mitchell and the question marks are mounting in the defensive backfield.

Now it is my understanding that if a player is put on Injured Reserve designated to return they have to enter the season on the 53 man roster. If they’re put on IR prior to the 4pm deadline on Saturday then they can’t be designated to return and therefore are out for the season. So that’s where a major issue will lie when the Steelers have to trim their roster.

I’m going to make my prediction based on how I feel they will submit the paperwork heading into 4pm tomorrow.

Offense (24)

Quarterbacks – Ben Roethlisberger, Landry Jones, Josh Dobbs

Running backs – Le’Veon Bell, James Conner, Knile Davis

Fullback – Roosevelt Nix

Wide Receivers – Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Eli Rogers, Sammie Coates, Darrius Heyward-Bey

Tight ends – Jesse James, Vance McDonald, David Johnson.

Offensive line – Maurkice Pouncey, Ramon Foster, David DeCastro, Marcus Gilbert, Alejandro Villanueva, B.J. Finney, Chris Hubbard, Jerald Hawkins.

Defense (26)

Defensive line – Cameron Heyward, Javon Hargrave, Stephon Tuitt, L.T. Walton, Tyson Alualu, Johnny Maxey.

Outside linebackers – T.J. Watt, James Harrison, Bud Dupree, Anthony Chickillo, Arthur Moats

Inside linebackers – Ryan Shazier, Vince Williams, L.J. Fort, Tyler Matakevich

Safeties – Mike Mitchell, Robert Golden, Sean Davis, Jordan Dangerfield (a waiver wire pick-up almost certainly will happen here if Dangerfield’s ankle injury is serious)

Cornerbacks – Joe Haden, Artie Burns, Coty Sensabaugh, Ross Cockrell, Cam Sutton, Mike Hilton, William Gay

Specialists (3)

Place kicker – Chris Boswell

Punter – Jordan Berry

Long snapper — Colin Holba

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