Steelers Upholding Standards With Contributions From Whole Roster

The 2010 Steelers are 3-0 and headed back home for their first division game against the Baltimore Ravens next weekend. Lost in the 3 wins to start the season is the depth of the roster and the amount of players that have contributed to their 3-0 start. Through 3 games, the Steelers have had 54 different players on the active roster and of those 54, only 3 have not seen any playing time. Those 3 players are Byron Leftwich and rookies Jonathan Dwyer and Crezdon Butler. Even practice squad defensive lineman Steve McLendon, who was activated for the Titans game, played and contributed greatly in the absence of the injured Casey Hampton.

Yesterday in a hot and humid Tampa day, the Steelers masterfully rotated in all 7 active offensive linemen and the defense saw rookie linebackers Jason Worilds and Stevenson Sylvester even get well needed time on the field on the back end of the blowout. It might not seem like a big deal, but every play the young linebackers get in the regular season helps speed up their future development. In addition, it is rewarding them for their strong special teams contributions. Throw on top of all this, Troy Polamalu was able to rest and watch much of the fourth quarter on the sideline and snag errant throws, while Will Allen, Ryan Mundy and even Anthony Madison got some well needed time in the secondary.

Injuries are part of the game and Mike Tomlin preaches that the next man up must uphold the standard. So far in the 2010 season, the standard has been upheld in light of several injuries to the likes of Hampton, Max Starks, Trai Essex, Byron Leftwich and Dennis Dixon. Backup nose tackle Chris Hoke is the latest to suffer an injury and McLendon will likely be back from the practice squad to continue the next man up mantra and uphold the standard from the 54th spot on the roster. In another week the 55th man, Ben Roethlisberger, will be back from his 4 game suspension and chomping at the bit to make up for lost time. There is no doubt at what type of contributions he will make on offense.

Bring on the Ravens.

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  • The dane

    Do you think they’ll let Dixon go when Ben gets back? Or what are your thoughts on this subject?

  • Dave Bryan

    I think Dixon will be placed on IR any day now. I for one was surprised it did not happen before this past game against Tampa. If indeed the time table is correct and Leftwich is healthy, I see no reason to hold the roster spot for him.

  • The dane

    So if I make a predition saying that steelers after this season will release Dixon and Leftwich (or Batch depending on their status then) and draft a new QB in mid to late round. Would you say that was likely or unlikely?

    The Dixon experiment seems over to me.

  • Dave Bryan

    Dixon is in the final year of his contract. It is not a stretch, nor has it been that he likely will not be tendered in the offseason depending on how the new CBA plays out. The writing has been on the wall for a while with Dixon as it is evident that they did not have faith in him as a #2 QB. Leftwich will likely be back next year depending on how things play out with his knee as he was extended after they traded back for him. I could indeed see another QB drafted in the 2011 draft, but not before the 5th round. That way they get another project #3 QB with potential of being the #2 QB during his first contract. I have written many times that Dixon would be nothing more than what he is right now, I think others are finally starting to see that. He is what he is, and that is a clipboard holder.

  • The dane

    Okay, thanks for the insight.