Found May 14, 2012 on Bleed Black & Gold:

The draft is over.  There has been some time to take a look at the roster.  The Steelers could make another move or two but they really will not be forced to.  If they want some depth at a position or are looking to bring in competition it is possible but with the salary cap the way it is that may not make money sense.  Someone else would get cut to start the season.

This team will look much different week one then it will later in the season.  Guys like Casey Hampton and Rashard Mendenhall will return during the season.  Wesley Saunders will be back from suspension.  Day one does not indicate what later in the year will look like.

I went heavy on defense.  The Steelers are going to need guys who can run and tackle for special teams.  Also they are young at defensive back so I added an extra body at corner.  Also with Casey Hampton on PUP I added an extra defensive linemen to take his place while he is out.

This team is going to look much different than last year.  This is the biggest turnover in guys that the Steelers have had in a very very long time.  There are 14 new guys out there who were not on the opening day roster last season.  That is not counting the injured players like Leftwich.  This is a whole new team.  They are getting very young very quickly.

I have compiled a 53 man roster.

Quarterback: (3) Even though I am highly against this the Steelers love these 3 guys.  The only way this does not happen is if one gets hurt or the Steelers are so close to the cap that they need to remove some money.

  • Ben Roethlisberger
  • Charlie Batch
  • Byron Leftwich

Running Back (5) With the loss of Mendenhall early in the year the Steelers may go heavy and keep five backs on the roster.  Everyone wants to see how the team uses Chris Rainey and if Baron Batch is ready to roll after he looked so tough last training camp.  Redman will carry the load.  We will see how that works.

  • Isaac Redman
  • Jonathan Dwyer
  • Chris Rainey
  • John Clay
  • Baron Batch
  • Rashard Mendenhall- PUP (Does not count against roster)

Wide Receiver (6) This crew lost Hines Ward but it is generally the same as last season.  Maze was added for special teams and I think during training camp Clemons is going to be someone the Steelers will not be able to cut or he will land on another team.  This is a strong group.

  • Mike Wallace
  • Antonio Brown
  • Emmanuel Sanders
  • Jerricho Cotchery
  • Marquis Maze
  • Toney Clemons
Tight End (3)  Saunders being suspended is not helpful.  It may cost someone else a spot when he returns after four weeks.  It could very well be one of the receivers.
  • Heath Miller
  • Leonard Pope
  • David Johnson
  • Weslye Saunders- Suspended (does not count against roster)

Offensive Line (8) I kept 8 this year.  The two rookies I have starting.  Essex is the swing guy on the outside while Legursky and Foster will back up the others.

  • Mike Adams
  • David DeCastro
  • Maurkice Pouncey
  • Willie Colon
  • Marcus Gilbert
  • Ramon Foster
  • Trai Essex
  • Doug Legursky

Defensive Line (7) I used 7 defensive linemen because this is a young group with no real nose tackle without Hampton.  Ta’amu looks the part but the team will need a rotation early in the year with all the heat in September.  Putting an extra body in there will help as we have seen over the past few seasons.

  • Ziggy Hood
  • Cameron Heyward
  • Brett Keisel
  • Alameda Ta’amu
  • Steve McLendon
  • Corbin Bryant
  • Al Woods
  • Casey Hampton PUP (does not count against the roster)

Linebackers (8) This group is its normal self.  The loss of Farrior makes Sylvester and Spence that much more important.  This team is going to count heavily on rotation.  These two guys will battle it out because Foote can not play on passing downs.

  • James Harrison
  • LaMarr Woodley
  • Larry Foote
  • Lawrence Timmons
  • Sean Spence
  • Jason Worilds
  • Chris Carter
  • Stephenson Sylvester

Defensive Backs (10) I added some bodies here.  Two rookies.  One not even drafted.  This is a young group and they are going to need to learn together.  Keeping these guys on the roster keeps everyone fresh and it helps special teams.  Speed is the name of the game in the NFL today.  Getting these guys on the team helps that out.

  • Ike Taylor
  • Keenan Lewis
  • Cortez Allen
  • Curtis Brown
  • Terrence Frederick
  • Robert Golden
  • Troy Polamalu
  • Ryan Clark
  • Will Allen
  • Ryan Mundy

Special Teams (3)

  • Shaun Suisham
  • Jeremy Kapinos
  • Greg Warren

The only large name cut on this team is Jonathan Scott.  I did have 3 guys that I struggled over.  Derrick Williams I really wanted to put on this roster.  Brandon Lindsey and David Paulson are guys I do not want to lose if they do not make the roster.  I think there performances in the preseason will make it hard for the Steelers to keep them.  If I added these guys though I would leave holes in other areas.  I like the look of this team it is just very young.  The core is still there but not much veteran depth behind it.  Still a really good squad.

  • Didn't anyone tell you that Hines Ward was retired?
  • Let's wind the calendar back to April 1 and give you benefit of the doubt -- 'cause you seriously don't believe Hines has unretired~

    Good try.

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