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Steelers 2022 53-Man Roster Prediction: Offense and Specialists

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Steelers 2022 53-Man Roster Prediction: Offense and Specialists

The 2022 NFL Draft has been over for close to a month, and the Pittsburgh Steelers rookie minicamp has come and gone as well. The next team activity will be their organized team activities (OTA’s) that start this week. The 2022 off-season is just flying by.

As we look ahead to OTA’s and then the Steelers’ training camp, projecting who will end up making the team’s 53-man roster will continue to evolve. Below is my current projections for the 53-man roster that the team will have at the beginning of the 2022 regular season for the offense and specialists groups.

 

Steelers’ Quarterbacks (3)

Mitch Trubisky

Kenny Pickett

Chris Oladokun

Dropping a bomb in the first position group by not including Mason Rudolph in this list. I think there will be a mutual desire to part ways between the Steelers and Rudolph after selecting two quarterbacks in the draft. As long as Oladokun shows he belongs, I think Rudolph gets moved for a late round pick. The bigger question for this group is, who will be the starter for the majority of the season?

 

Steelers’ Running Backs (3)

Najee Harris

Benny Snell

Mataeo Durant

It is odd to see only three names here, but there could be just one name based on the team’s usage last season keeping Harris on the field for virtually every snap. Odd man out here is Anthony McFarland, as it just seems like both the team ad McFarland could use a fresh start. Durant making the roster as an UDFA with good speed would be a solid addition to the team’s running room. Connor Heyward could also fill in as a RB in a pinch, assuming he makes the roster, so that could give them extra motivation to keep one less running back.

Steelers Running Back Najee Harris

Najee Harris At Steelers Practice. Credit: Steelers.com

Steelers’ Fullbacks (1)

Derek Watt

Yes, Watt is making the final roster.

 

Steelers’ Wide Receivers (6)

Diontae Johnson

Chase Claypool

George Pickens

Calvin Austin III

Gunner Olszewski

Miles Boykin

Considering this group is so young featuring two rookies, I see them keeping an extra wide receiver. That spot will likely be either Boykin or Anthony Miller, but I went with Boykin here due to him having much more experience contributing on special teams.

 

Steelers’ Tight Ends (3)

Pat Freiermuth

Zach Gentry

Connor Heyward

There isn’t much surprise here. Considering Heyward a tight end is a bit of a stretch, but after selecting him in the 6th round, they’ll find a way to keep him on the roster. Labeling him a tight end is the best way to do that, but don’t expect him to contribute on offense much this season.

Steelers' Tight Ends Pat Freiermuth and Zach Gentry

Pat Freiermuth and Zach Gentry on Game Day. Credit: Getty Images

Steelers’ Offensive Line (8)

Dan Moore Jr.

Kevin Dotson

Mason Cole

James Daniels

Chukwuma Okorafor

Joe Haeg

Kendrick Green

J.C. Hassenauer

Unfortunately, John Leglue misses the cut here, as he really impressed Steeler Nation at the end of last season. This is the position group most likely to get some sort of addition as they have very little offensive tackle depth currently, with Haeg as the only one with experience there.

 

Steelers’ Specialists (3)

Chris Boswell

Pressley Harvin III

Christian Kuntz

Assuming Harvin III doesn’t lose out to some competition this summer, no surprises likely to happen here. But, he will have to prove himself after a sub-par 2021.

Steelers' specialist Pressley Harvin III and Chris Boswell

Chris Boswell and Pressley Harvin III against the Tennessee Titans. Credit: AP Photo

 

Make sure to check back as next up we will be doing the defense! After taking up 27 spots with offense and specialists, that leaves 26 spots for defense.

 

Let us know who you think might’ve been left off this list by commenting below!

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I’ve been a freelance sports writer for several years, centered around football, baseball, basketball, and fantasy sports. I’m born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio and a diehard Steelers fan. I love sharing my thoughts and opinions on all things sports, especially when it comes to the Pittsburgh Steelers. I also received my BS in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 2016, and have a career in Material Research and Development. Follow me on Twitter!

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