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2012 Steelers 53 Man Roster Prediction – Post Preseason Game 1 Edition

With the first preseason game in the books for the Pittsburgh Steelers, it is now time to take another shot at a 53 man roster prediction. If you missed my pre training camp 53 man roster prediction, you can find it by following the link provided.

Below are notes of what I have changed from my last projected roster along with the reasons why I made the changes.

DEFENSE CHANGES:

Walter McFadden – The Steelers were forced to waive cornerback Terry Carter injured after he suffered a hamstring injury, so for now I am replacing him with McFadden, who ran second team behind Keenan Lewis in the game Thursday night.

OFFENSE CHANGES:

Derrick Williams – Williams received praise from wide receivers coach Scottie Montgomery following the Eagles game and I feel that he might be ahead of Toney Clemons on the depth chart right now. Williams has NFL experience, is physical, and can contribute on special teams in addition. Until Clemons or another young wide receiver give me a reason to put them on the 53, Williams will hold the 5th receiver spot for the time being.

Toney Clemons – With Clemons now taken off the 53 man roster in lieu of Williams, I have placed in on the practice squad and removed Tyler Beiler for now. I still believe that Beiler has a chance at that spot, but with Clemons getting playing time ahead of Beiler right now, that will be my reasoning.

David Johnson – After suffering a torn ACL and MCL, Johnson is done for the season and now goes on the injured reserve list.

Jamie McCoy – With Johnson now on injured reserve, McCoy appears to be the next man up to back up new starter Will Johnson at the fullback position. McCoy started working with the running back group this week and will now be pushed by the newly signed Justin Peelle and Jason Ford it appears. McCoy needs to get his head on straight after drawing to block in the back penalties in the first preseason game Thursday night. Consider his name written in very light pencil at this point on my 53 man roster.

David Paulson – With Paulson now off my 53 man roster, I have moved him to the practice squad where he takes the place of offensive lineman Chris Scott.

Jason FordJohn Clay is now out for the year and I have replaced him with the newly signed Ford for the time being.

John Clay – Clay has been moved from my practice squad to the injured reserve list.

SPECIALIST CHANGES:

Drew ButlerJeremy Kapinos can\’t make the club in the tub, so he has been removed from my 53 man roster for now and Butler, the undrafted rookie free agent out of Georgia has been added in his place.

OFFENSE
7QBBen Roethlisberger
4QBByron Leftwich
16QBCharlie Batch
33RBIsaac Redman
27RBJonathan Dwyer
20RBBaron Batch
22RBChris Rainey
17WRMike Wallace
84WRAntonio Brown
88WREmmanuel Sanders
89WRJerricho Cotchery
15WRDerrick Williams
53CMaurkice Pouncey
66GDavid DeCastro
73G/TRamon Foster
64G/CDoug Legursky
79T/GTrai Essex
77TMarcus Gilbert
74GWillie Colon
78TMax Starks
76TMike Adams
83TEHeath Miller
45TELeonard Pope
80TE/FBJamie McCoy
46FBWill Johnson
DEFENSE
98NTCasey Hampton
90NTSteve McLendon
95NTAlameda Ta\’amu
96DEZiggy Hood
99DEBrett Keisel
97DECameron Heyward
65DEAl Woods
24CBIke Taylor
23CBKeenan Lewis
31CBCurtis Brown
28CBCortez Allen
37CBTerrence Frederick
43SSTroy Polamalu
25FSRyan Clark
29SRyan Mundy
42SDamon Cromartie-Smith
26SWill Allen
50ILBLarry Foote
94ILBLawrence Timmons
51ILBSean Spence
93OLBJason Worilds
92OLBJames Harrison
56OLBLaMarr Woodley
55ILB/OLBStevenson Sylvester
54OLBChris Carter
SPECIALIST
60LSGreg Warren
9PDrew Butler
6KShaun Suisham
INJURED RESERVE
85FBDavid Johnson
38RBJohn Clay
RESERVE PUP LIST
34RBRashard Mendenhall
RESERVE/SUSPENDED LIST
82TEWeslye Saunders
PRACTICE SQUAD
68T/GKelvin Beachum
48TEDavid Paulson
21RBJason Ford
30SRobert Golden
46OLBAdrian Robinson
11WRToney Clemons
39CBWalter McFadden
91DECorbin Bryant
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