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2011 Steelers Final 53 Man Roster Prediction 2.0 – Week 2 Preseason Edition

The first Steelers preseason game is in the books and now it is time to post my 2nd version of the 2011 Steelers Final 53 Man Roster Prediction. If you missed the pre training camp 53 man roster projection edition, you can read it here. There will be 3 more of these as we slowly work our way down to the final prediction following the last preseason game against the Panthers.

Quite a bit has changed since my last prediction. Free agent tight end John Gilmore was signed since my last prediction as was wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery. Rookie running back Baron Batch tore his ACL and will likely be lost for the season as well. As far as my changes go from last prediction, I know see Gilmore holding a tight end spot and that means undrafted free agent Weslye Saunders is off my 53 for now. He is likely best suited for the practice squad at this point. The Cotchery signing means someone has to go between Arnaz Battle and Tyler Grisham to make room. Battle had a rough night against the Redskins as he had 3 drops. I still think he adds enough on special teams right now that, so I am scratching Grisham. Battle played under special teams coach Al Everest at San Francisco, so I think he has him in his corner right now.

I had undrafted linebacker Mario Harvey on my first projected 53 man roster, but he has missed considerable time during camp with an injury and was forced to miss the Friday night game in addition. You can\’t make the club in the tub so I am putting Keenan Lewis back on the roster. It makes sense that both Lewis and Crezdon Butler should make the 53 man roster with rookies Curtis Brown and Cortez Allen way behind at this point. Not only did they miss out on OTA and mini-camp sessions due to the lockout, they both have missed extended camp time as well as the first preseason game. Lewis also can play special teams and that was the only thing Harvey was going to provide this year.

With Batch going down it gives second year running back Jonathan Dwyer a temporary reprieve. He showed small signs of turning the corner as far as recognition and blitz pickup against the Redskins, so he is back on for now as the 4th running back. Those are my only changes in this 53 man project prediction.

Now that we had a preseason game to look at, I will also start projecting the practice squad and who I think might be inactive week 1 from here on out in addition.

2011 Steelers Final 53 Man Roster Prediction 2.0 Version

Offense
7 Roethlisberger, Ben QB
4 Leftwich, Byron QB
16 Batch, Charlie QB
34 Mendenhall, Rashard RB
20 Moore, Mewelde RB
33 Redman, Isaac RB
27 Dwyer, Jonathan RB
17 Wallace, Mike WR
86 Ward, Hines WR
88 Sanders, Emmanuel WR
84 Brown, Antonio WR
81 Battle, Arnaz WR
82 Cotchery, Jerricho WR
83 Miller, Heath TE
85 Johnson, David TE
89 Gilmore, John TE
64 Legursky, Doug G/C
53 Pouncey, Maurkice C
68 Kemoeatu, Chris G
73 Foster, Ramon G
62 Williams, Keith G
65 Gilbert, Marcus T
72 Scott, Jonathan T
74 Colon, Willie T
61 Scott, Chris T
Defense
24 Taylor, Ike CB
20 McFadden, Bryant CB
22 Gay, William CB
28 Butler, Crezdon CB
39 Allen, Cortez CB
40 Brown, Curtis CB
23 Lewis, Keenan CB
43 Polamalu, Troy SS
25 Clark, Ryan FS
29 Mundy, Ryan FS
26 Allen, Will S
91 Smith, Aaron DE
95 Heyward, Cameron DE
96 Hood, Ziggy DE
99 Keisel, Brett DE
98 Hampton, Casey NT
76 Chris Hoke NT
92 Harrison, James OLB
94 Timmons, Lawrence ILB
51 Farrior, James ILB
56 Woodley, LaMarr OLB
97 Worilds, Jason OLB
55 Sylvester, Stevenson ILB
50 Foote, Larry ILB
54 Carter, Chris OLB
Specialist
6 Suisham, Shaun K
9 Sepulveda, Daniel P
60 Warren, Greg LS
Practice Squad
48 Mortty Ivy LB
67 Anthony Gray NT
42 Da\’Mon Cromartie-Smith SS
44 Weslye Saunders TE
72 John Malecki C/G
71 Corbin Bryant DE
15 Wes Lyons WR
67 Kyle Jolly T
Week 1 Inactives
40 Curtis Brown CB
39 Cortez Allen CB
27 Jonathan Dwyer RB
62 Keith Williams G
54 Chris Carter OLB
28 Crezdon Butler CB
65 Marcus Gilbert T
Injured Reserve
33 Baron Batch RB
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