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53 Man Roster Or Bust For Steelers S DaMon Cromartie-Smith In 2013


Pittsburgh Steelers safety DaMon Cromartie-Smith has been on the practice squad the last three seasons and thus no longer eligible for it in 2013. That means he must make the 53 man roster out of training camp this year if he is to continue his career in Pittsburgh.

"I know the situation I\'m in," Cromartie-Smith told Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "My back\'s against the wall and I\'m definitely going to come out swinging."

Heading into training camp, one would think that the Steelers will be looking to carry five safeties at the very most on their 53 man roster and being as they drafted Shamarko Thomas in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, he along with Robert Golden are almost certain to make the roster as backups to Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark. In order for the Steelers to keep Cromartie-Smith as a fifth, he not only has to play well during the preseason, but also be a force on special teams as well and the Texas-El Paso product is well aware of that fact.

"I\'m looking to make some big strides on special teams," he said. "I\'m ready to get after it. I have a point to prove. I know I\'m an underdog coming in. It\'s a mental thing. I\'ve been in this position before. I know what the coaches want from me."

In the six games that Cromartie-Smith has played in with the Steelers, he has recorded three tackles on special teams with all three of them coming on kickoffs late in 2011 season. This year, he will more than likely have to show he can contribute on the punt team as well, and perhaps he will get a shot at being the personal protector; a spot held last year by Ryan Mundy.

This is going to be a numbers game for Cromartie-Smith, as it will be a huge surprise if the Steelers keep more than 10 defensive backs on the 53 man roster. With eight of those 10 spots already spoken for, and it least one more going to a cornerback. you can clearly see how he is on the outside looking in as he heads into training camp.

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  • gene mann

    I think this is his final and best shot to make the team

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Bust.

  • Kelly Johnson

    Wish they would have listed the others players the Steelers have competing for that last spot in the secondary.

  • gene mann

    Golden and Thomas

  • steeltown

    I just don’t see it, unless they only carry 5CBs

  • Kelly Johnson

    Well, I figure Golden and Thomas along with Polamalu and Clark are locks. but that’s 4 spots…and we won’t keep more then 5 safeties with a total of probably 10 DB spots. So Cromartie-Smith is probably competing with another S or an extra CB for one of those 10 spots. Just wondering who is on the bubble with
    Cromartie-Smith?

  • gene mann

    I was hearing they going to try Gay or Brown at safety also

  • Kelly Johnson

    Yeah, they like to have players that can play multiple positions.

  • Guest

    I was just looking at the rooster…Safeties Clark, Polamalu, Thomas,
    Golden….Corner backs Allen, Taylor, Brown, Gay, Hawthorne…leaving CB’s Van
    Dyke, Victorian and S Cromartie-Smith fighting it out for the last roster spot I
    would think… Don’t know much about the other guys and their chances…

  • Guest

    I was just looking at the rooster…Safeties Clark, Polamalu, Thomas,
    Golden….Corner backs Allen, Taylor, Brown, Gay, Hawthorne…leaving CB’s Van
    Dyke, Victorian and S Cromartie-Smith fighting it out for the last roster spot I
    would think…

  • Guest

    I was just looking at the rooster…Safeties Clark, Polamalu, Thomas, Golden….Corner backs Allen, Taylor, Brown, Gay, Hawthorne…leaving CB’s Van Dyke, Victorian and S Cromartie-Smith fighting it out for the last roster spot I
    would think… Don’t know much about the chances of the other guys…

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Not sure how a UDFA would be considered a bust.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Ummm, durrrr. Did you read the title of the article? Ya know, 53 man roster or bust? I choose bust, cause I don’t think he makes the roster…

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