The second Steelers preseason game is in the books and now it is time to post my 3rd version of the 2011 Steelers Final 53 Man Roster Prediction. If you missed the pre training camp 53 man roster projection edition or the 2.0 version, you can read them by visiting the links. There will be 2 more of these as we slowly work our way down to the final 53 man prediction following the last preseason game against the Panthers.
The first change you will notice in this version is that I am now only keeping 5 receivers instead of 6. Arnaz Battle has been removed as I think the receiving corps is deep enough with the edition of Jerricho Cotchery and Battle can be replaced by another special teams player, as that was going to be his main contribution anyways. Taking his place on the 53 projection this week is Donovan Warren. I believe he has played himself inside the bubble right now and he adds depth to the cornerback position. Warren also can play special teams, so that is a plus for him. Ed Bouchette reports that Tyler Grisham is still eligible for the practice squad, so I will take his word for it.
I was tempted to drop Crezdon Butler, but I will give him another week. The emergence of Warren has likely put Butler on the bubble. Bryant McFadden is still hampered by a hamstring injury and he has had problems staying healthy since returning to Pittsburgh last season. Curtis Brown finally made it to the field against the Eagles, but Cortez Allen missed his second straight preseason game. I am not ruling out Allen being placed on injured reserve or being snuck to the practice squad if he continues to remain sidelined. He needs to hit the field next week against the Atlanta to stay on the roster in my opinion. For now I have the Steelers keeping a staggering 8 cornerbacks.
Another change this week is the addition of Tony Hills and the dropping of Chris Scott. Scott has looked very bad at both right guard and right tackle thus far and Hills seems destined now for the starting right guard spot or at the worst a reserve swing spot. I need to clarify the eligibility of Scott for the practice squad as I think that might be an option for that like Grisham.
In recapping, I have added Warren and Hills and removed Scott and Battle. On the practice squad I dropped Wes Lyons and Kyle Jolly and replaced them with Grisham and Scott.
2011 Steelers Final 53 Man Roster Prediction 3.0 Version
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