Looking At The Steelers Roster Numbers On Offense
The Pittsburgh Steelers cut down to 53 players on Friday and now we will examine the numbers by position starting with the offense.
Quarterbacks (3) – Not really a surprise here as they will need one of these quarterbacks on the inactive list. That player of course will be Charlie Batch.
Running backs (5) – As I pointed out in my roster prediction, Rashard Mendenhall will not be ready for a few weeks at least and he will be one of the seven inactives. Baron Batch has played a lot on special teams all preseason and that was one of the main reasons he was kept.
Fullback (1) – No surprise here with Will Johnson winning the job.
Wide receivers (4) – Also as I pointed out, the Steelers don\’t use 4 and 5 receiver sets and being as Chris Rainey can serve as an emergency receiver, there was no reason to keep five.
Tight ends (3) – If you watched the Todd Haley formations like I did during the preseason, you know he uses two tight ends a lot. David Paulson played a ton of special teams in the preseason and he will also serve as the backup fullback.
Offensive linemen (9) – David DeCastro has to stay on the 53 until he is moved to the new 8 week injured reserve. When that happens we could very well see Trai Essex resigned. It is hard seeing them carrying only 8 linemen for a considerable amount of time.