Instant Analysis Of Steelers Final 53 Roster Cuts

By Matthew Marczi

The Pittsburgh Steelers made their final roster cuts today, and they made me and many others look foolish with their predictions. Perhaps the biggest surprise is that they kept just eight linebackers on the roster. It will probably be simplest to go position by position and take a look at who is in and who is out.

Offense: (26)

Quarterback: (3)

In: Ben Roethlisberger, Bruce Gradkowski, Landry Jones

Out: Nobody

No surprises here, although considering some of the cuts they made, I am certain that many are disappointed in the team’s decision to carry fourth-round rookie Landry Jones instead of trying to put him on the practice squad. However, the team prefers to carry three quarterbacks anyway, and they likely felt it was too much of a risk to expose a mid-round quarterback to waivers.

Running Back: (4)

In: Isaac Redman, Le’Veon Bell, Felix Jones, LaRod Stephens-Howling

Out: Jonathan Dwyer, Alvester Alexander

Obviously the big cut is the team deciding to part ways with Jonathan Dwyer upon the arrival of Felix Jones, but at the same time, it could hardly be called surprising. With injuries mounting, he was given the chance to impress, and he put the ball on the ground again. On the other hand, Jones looked comfortable running the zone. The Steelers also save some cap space in the process. With Le’Veon Bell recovering from a mid-foot sprain, Isaac Redman is set to carry the load in the early goings of the season with Jones and Stephens-Howling giving him a breather every now and then. Alvester Alexander has a chance to stick on the practice squad.

Fullback: (1)

In: Will Johnson

Out: Nobody

Not a surprise, obviously. Will Johnson suffered a hamstring injury, but even if it is significant enough that he has to miss any time, the Steelers have David Johnson on the roster.

Wide Receiver: (5)

In: Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, Jerricho Cotchery, Markus Wheaton, Derek Moye

Out: Justin Brown, Kashif Moore, Reggie Dunn

After the first preseason game, Derek Moye clearly outplayed Justin Brown, and he won the roster spot. His only weakness appears to be route running, where he has some issues. He offers decent speed and excellent height. He is a limited special teams player, however, so he may struggle to be active on game days. Brown will almost assuredly make the practice squad this year. Reggie Dunn blew his chance of making the team as a returner.

Tight End: (5)

In: Heath Miller, Matt Spaeth, David Paulson, David Johnson, Michael Palmer

Out: Jamie McCoy, Nathan Overbay

The Steelers elected to carry five tight ends after activating Heath Miller from the Physically Unable to Perform List despite the strong possibility that it may be a few weeks before he is ready to play. Carrying five should be a strong indication that Matt Spaeth will be headed to the ‘short-term’ Injured Reserve List. Otherwise, he would have already been placed on the season-ending IR. There is the possibility that he spends half the season or more as an inactive, but short-term IR seems to be the likeliest bet right now. Michael Palmer has done a decent job as a blocker since being signed, and he has worked his way into the passing game over the last couple preseason games as well, so he should be able to contribute as a veteran player. This also likely means that we will not see much of Kelvin Beachum at tight end.

Offensive Line: (8)

In: Mike Adams, Ramon Foster, Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro, Marcus Gilbert, Kelvin Beachum, John Malecki, Guy Whimper

Out: Joe Long, Chris Hubbard, Joe Madsen, Mike Golic, Jr.

Nothing surprising here. The first seven have been pretty firm all along, and Guy Whimper has played better the last two weeks. Joe Long and Chris Hubbard both showed potential, and both will likely be retained on the practice squad. The Steelers will likely search for either a ninth lineman or a replacement for Whimper on waivers, but whether or not they find anything is yet to be determined.

Defense: (24)

Defensive Line: (6)

In: Ziggy Hood, Steve McLendon, Brett Keisel, Cameron Heyward, Al Woods, Hebron Fangupo

Out: Alameda Ta’amu, Brian Arnfelt

Although I had Alameda Ta’amu on my final 53-man roster, I noted in my preseason finale list of notes and observations that if the Steelers were going to go with the nose tackle that is best able to contribute in 2013, they would go with the older Hebron Fangupo. It turns out that they did. I held to the belief that a third-string nose tackle would be allowed to be a project, as Ta’amu was last year, but the Steelers obviously feel good about Fangupo despite already being 28. Still, he is unlikely to see any playing time, let alone be active on game day, with Al Woods serving as the second-team nose tackle. Brian Arnfelt showed a lot of potential throughout the preseason, but he would still likely be the sixth option at defensive end right now if worse came to worst, so he did not need to be on the roster. He should be fine apprenticing on the practice squad for a year.

Outside Linebacker: (4)

In: LaMarr Woodley, Jason Worilds, Jarvis Jones, Chris Carter

Out: Alan Baxter

The Steelers had just five pure outside linebackers after trading Adrian Robinson, so it seemed to be a battle between Chris Carter and Alan Baxter. Baxter may very well have outplayed Carter, but the latter was able to show up in the preseason finale. The Steelers chose to go with ‘veteran’ experience and special teams here. Baxter is a lock for the practice squad, surely.

Inside Linebacker: (4)

In: Lawrence Timmons, Larry Foote, Kion Wilson, Vince Williams

Out: Marshall McFadden, Brian Rolle, Terence Garvin

This was clearly the biggest surprise move of the whole roster, both in terms of who they kept and let go and how many. Marshall McFadden was considered a lock by some, including myself, who failed to note that he was not contributing at a high level on special teams, and also did not have the preseason that he had the year before. He ran the second-team Buck linebacker spot for the entire preseason, however, and the other second-team inside linebacker, Stevenson Sylvester, was already released. With so many of these players doing well, it is surprising to see them keep only four; however, one must think that inside linebacker is the position most likely to gain a player after Matt Spaeth is moved to short-term IR.

Kion Wilson basically constantly played on special teams, and he also did a good job while playing on defense. Vince Williams was graded by Pro Football Focus as the third-highest inside linebacker throughout the entire league this preseason, earning positive marks in every aspect of his play, including a sack, five defensive ‘stops’, and a pass deflection. He simply played too well to be cut, and should grow to be an integral special teams player. I suspect that either McFadden or Brian Rolle will find their way back on the roster, and Terence Garvin may be on the practice squad, unless McFaden goes there first. There are just too many players with potential to leave with only four total.

Cornerback: (5)

In: Ike Taylor, Cortez Allen, William Gay, Curtis Brown, Isaiah Green

Out: Josh Victorian, Terry Hawthorne, Devin Smith

I find it surprising that Isaiah Green made the roster over Josh Victorian and Terry Hawthorne, not because I do not think he is not a capable player, but because I was surprised that the Steelers were willing to go that way. When in on defense, Green did his job throughout the preseason. He allowed just three receptions on seven targets despite logging 46 snaps in coverage, and added a pass deflection as well. If my memory serves me well, he may also have had another deflection negated by penalty. He also did a fine job as a gunner on special teams—which he should with the speed he has. He is a short cornerback, but so is Victorian.

Curtis Brown is the team’s best special teams player, so regardless of how much of a ‘bust’ of a third-round draft pick he may or may not be, he makes the roster for that alone. William Gay, much to the chagrin of possibly most, is still here to torment you, but he is also a key special teams contributor. Josh Victorian’s whiff on special teams led to a touchdown, while Terry Hawthorne just missed too much time to make up ground. I have a hard time imagining the Steelers would choose to carry Victorian over Hawthorne on the practice squad, but I had a hard time imagining them making a few of the moves that they made today.

Safety: (5)

In: Troy Polamalu, Ryan Clark, Robert Golden, Shamarko Thomas, DaMon Cromartie-Smith

Out: Ross Ventrone

As I expected, the special teams ability of DaMon Cromartie-Smith—even after allowing a punt to be blocked very early in the preseason—was enough to finally earn himself a roster spot out of camp. He may have had some slip ups in his safety responsibilities last night, but otherwise he had a good preseason on defense, and it is not like he will be asked to take the field any time soon ahead of the other two promising young backups. Shamarko Thomas and Robert Golden, who also appear to be strong special teams players, have cornerback versatility, which paved the way for a fifth safety rather than a sixth cornerback.

Special Teams: (3)

In: Shaun Suisham, Drew Butler, Greg Warren

Out: Brian Moorman

Players that are the only members at their position tend to have a high probability of making the roster, and that theory worked wonders for incumbents Shaun Suisham and Greg Warren this year, who both quickly dispatched with their competition. Drew Butler had to work to earn his spot, but especially by the last preseason game, he clearly beat out the veteran Brian Moorman.

Practice Squad Predictions: Joe Long, Chris Hubbard, Justin Brown, Brian Arnfelt, Alan Baxter, Marshall McFadden, Terry Hawthorne

I predict that McFadden will find his way onto the roster after Spaeth is place on IR, to be replaced by either Alvester Alexander or Terence Garvin on the practice squad.

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Matthew Marczi

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  • Matt Searls

    I’m surprised that green beat out Hawthorne, green looked lost some of the time on the field. Here’s to a good year and hoping we made the right choices. With Dwyer gone I hope bell comes back really soon.

  • pittsburghjoe

    We may go 9-7, but I am thoroughly convinced our practice squad totally rocks. Good night, everyone!

  • Bradys_Dad

    We kept Whimper. We kept Whimper. We kept Whimper. I figured that if it worked for Dorothy maybe it would work here too. Nope – he’s still here.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Have you honestly watched him play the last couple of preseason games? He’s done well enough. No sense prejudging the guy based on what he’s done elsewhere in different systems and different roles. He’s here to be a game day inactive and ideally never even dress for a game, let alone play. And yet they will still look to upgrade him off the waiver wire. But they did not have anybody better in-camp, so of course he makes the roster.

  • Brendon Glad

    Excellent analysis.
    I would add that I think several more moves will be attempted. Mainly because I trust the Steelers so fully. I suspect they are only “happy” with 50 of the 53. I would say that Whimper, Brown, Green, and Palmer/Johnson are on the bubble. I have not gotten to see the Carolina game til tomorrow so perhaps Johnson removed himself from the bubble there.
    But my guess is that Thomas (PHI) or Starks, or the Chicago OT will be called: and Winfield from SEA may be called also. I don’t have any names at the TE but I suspect they will be looking around there too, unless Heath is looking way better than I expected. Heath, Paulsen, and Johnson/or Palmer…will do just fine. Then Spaeth at mid-season replacing the loser of the Johnson-Palmer battle.

  • Jason Brant

    We have a talented group of young players on the practice squad. Assuming we manage to sign those you’ve listed.

    I expect several of them make the roster next season.

  • Brendon Glad

    On Starks, I somewhat disregard his poor pre-season. I’m not accusing him of “tanking”…but the dude DOES love the Steelers. He’s been there time and time again. It wouldn’t surprise me if “his heart wasn’t in it” in SD once he saw how badly the Steelers OL was continuing to struggle.

    I’ve never “loved” Starks anyway. But I used to hate him as a player. I need to acknowledge the sincere work he had to put in to take me from “hate” to “kinda fond-of”. So I’m not going to believe that he can go from starting LT to completely done in one offseason, unless he has lost motivation to play NFL football if it’s not as a Steeler.

  • Brendon Glad

    The Steelers have to be one of the very best in the league at “the practice squad dance”. So I totally agree with you, Jason Brant.

  • Brendon Glad

    I wouldn’t be too sure of that. If he’s still here Monday or Tuesday then I guess he did. And I will be surprised like you are. But I don’t think it will happen.

  • steeltown

    Really surprised about McFadden, he has played just as good as any ILB we have and he had a few special teams tackles as well, really surprised about this one
    Isaiah Green making it doesn’t surprise as much because he has played well and Victorian made a few big mistakes on special teams, while Hawthorne has upside he was injured and missed valuable time, when he returned he didn’t do anything overly exciting, I sure hope he makes the practice squad though

    I actually like the fact we kept Palmer, but hopefully not at the expense of someone like Alan Baxter

    Ta’amu and Fang were a toss up

    I sure hope we can somehow stash McFadden, Arnfelt, Hawthorne and Baxter on the PS

  • Busforever

    I’m happy for Vince Williams. I loved his predraft profile, I loved what he showed in camp, I loved his tough play in preseason games and I loved the fact that he showed good dispositions in coverage after everyone told it was a weakness, proving he is a hard worker. I think Williams is a future starter.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Winfield just retired, so I have a feeling the CBs will be staying put. Curtis Brown is here pretty much as a special teams player at this point, so it honestly doesn’t matter if he sucks as a cornerback or not. He made 17 tackles on special teams last year. The only person close was Ryan Mundy with 13, and he’s gone, so he’s going to be crucial on special teams this year. I know it sucks that he has yet to show anything on defense, with no signs that he ever will, but the team can’t ignore special teams, and that is what the bottom of the depth chart is for. Don’t be surprised if you see Thomas, Golden, and/or Green play on defense ahead of brown this year.

    David Johnson is listed as the top tight end right now until Miller and Spaeth get healthy. I don’t think his spot is at risk at all, especially when you consider he’s the backup tight end. I think Palmer will be let go once Miller is healthy.

    Whimper has been improving every week, and he got work at both right guard and right tackle against the Panthers. His run blocking was actually somewhat encouraging. He split a sack with Joe Long late in the game, and drew a penalty on a hustle play by throwing a block in the back, but I think he has done better than most would be willing to acknowledge. Still, I’m absolutely convinced they will be trying to upgrade him. That *could* be Max Starks, but honestly, I don’t know if that would amount to an upgrade at this point. I agree that Webb from Chicago is a candidate to keep an eye on.

  • Brendon Glad

    The Steelers are the best in the business at the “practice squad dance”. So any surprises with regards to the PS-eligible guys is something that I always trust 100%.
    However, on the 53…I’m guessing that 2 or 3 names will be off of that list by Monday or Tuesday. Probably just depends on if the right names on the Waiver wire come clean and come in at the right price.

  • Matthew Marczi

    McFadden also had a penalty and a missed tackle on special teams. I actually think he was easily outplayed on special teams by the guys who made the roster. To be perfectly honest, he didn’t have the preseason this year that he had last year either. I’m fine with the two they chose to keep, but I expect to see him or Brian Rolle back after Spaeth is moved to IR.

  • Brendon Glad

    He definitely earned his spot. The Steelers used to have an advantage over the league during the draft by being one of the handful of teams using a 3-4 defense. It’s easier to explain Gildon, Porter, Haggans, when that was the situation.
    But now over half of the NFL has 3-4 as a key element of their defense. Yet the Steelers still do an excellent job of getting value with the LB’s they draft or invite to camp. Whomever does the breakdowns of the college linebackers (Butler, scouts, LeBeau…whomever they are)…they do one hell of a job in my opinion.

  • steeltown

    I was actually thinking that as well… once Spaeth goes on IR they might bring back McFadden

  • Brendon Glad

    Yeah, I haven’t seen the Panther game yet…so the fact that D. Johnson made the roster must mean he played well. He also can hide W. Johnson’s injury better than some TE’s on the market. I only threw him on there because we all know that if, in fact, Heath is more of a week 6 addition to the Starters; Instead of a week 1 or 2, then we may have problems. I have zero idea on which is closer to the truth.
    On C. Brown. He did make a lot of ST tackles. But since I don’t like him, and I hate our ST almost every year, I watched him quite a bit. And as far as BLOCKING gunners goes, he is awful. So there’s that. Something that doesn’t show up in the stats (other than his numerous penalties when attempting it).
    On Whimper, hopefully it won’t be a big deal either way. But we’ve had our discussions on Gilbert in the past. So with him in the starting lineup, I can’t help but peek at the backups with a keener eye than I sometimes do.
    Thanks for the feedback though. Keep up the good work.

  • Bradys_Dad

    OK – let’s give him the benefit of the doubt. I personally think we can and should seek to do better though. I have watched the tape and I think, as you point out, that he did a better job the last couple of games …. against other 2nd string players and guys just trying to catch on elsewhere. If he can truly help then yeehaw I’m all for it.

  • Pete

    I agree with you on Brown and unfortunately the light hasn’t gone on with him like it did with Lewis.

  • Brendon Glad

    Good to see Moye made it. I think he would have been snatched up. He’s got a little bit of Marcus Colsten in him, I think.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Oh yeah, don’t get me wrong, they’ll be looking for upgrades for sure. I still have a feeling that he will stick though, so I’m just glad that he at least showed improvement over the last couple games.

  • Matthew Marczi

    I had such high hopes for the guy…Dave actually had him projected as our second round pick that year (and Marcus Gilbert the third; worked the other way around). I still don’t believe it’s a talent issue so much as a confidence, and maybe a game study, issue. Doesn’t seem like that light will ever come on though, so while I expect him to finish out his rookie contract next year as a special teamer, there’s no way I see him being re-signed after that. Bummer. Can’t discount the value of a high quality special teamer though, especially on a team like the Steelers that has had such issues on ST.

  • Matthew Marczi

    You know, I’d be lying if I didn’t acknowledge that Brown is not the best at blocking the gunner, so I have to give you that. I wouldn’t say he’s awful at it though (he often has inside/secondary responsibility as main blocker on the gunner if I recall correctly). He does have three ST penalties in his two years here. Not really good or bad, but notable, with two coming in his rookie year.

    Re: special teams as a whole, I want to wait and see a few games into the regular season how it’s looking. I’m still holding out hope that there will be improvements. I think that Drew Butler is a better punter this year, so that is a start. I REALLY like Shamarko Thomas as a gunner, and I will be baffled if he’s not the gunner opposite Brown. So many times I see him right in the returner’s face, and they better learn to fair catch against him before he starts just blowing people up, because one thing obvious about him early on is that he likes to hit. I also like Kion Wilson and Isaiah Green as ST guys. Michael Palmer may have saved a couple touchdowns late in the Redskins game I think? I think Jarvis and Vince can be good ones too. We will see.

  • Matthew Marczi

    I think the scouts have a lot to do with it. Jim Wexell interviewed Keith Butler about all the linebackers they liked in camp this year and he had this to say:

    “Our scouting department does a good job. The thing about continuity, in an organization, is your scouts figured out what you like. Over the years I’ve stressed I like this, I don’t like this.”

  • Brendon Glad

    On Spence, I wish we would have just put him on season-ending IR. I respect Butler’s love for the guy, and since I love Butler, then I always give him the benefit of the doubt on his personnel.
    But in speaking from an amateur fan point of view, but with good football logic, I think it is dangerous both for Sean Spence and for the Steelers if it plays out the way the transaction appears to imply. As in, Spence coming back to the active roster somewhere around mid-season.
    The man has played less than 4 quarters of NFL football… and zero quarters of regular season NFL football….not to mention mid-season NFL football. So even without the injury, he, and the Steelers, would be at-risk if he was thrust into the active roster (like if he had been a “hold-out” for 1.5 years, or something). The fact that he suffered an injury where some thought he may never walk without a cane, only magnifies that concern.
    I’m rooting for the guy 1000% to be the next Jerry Olsavsky. JO’s miraculous recovery from the gruesome injury I witnessed @Cle made JO one of my top 50 favorite Steelers ever.
    But I sure would rather see SS work his way back through a training camp and preseason before he becomes a member of the roster. Perhaps that will end up being the case, in the end. But that’s what needs to happen, I’m pretty confident of that.

  • Brendon Glad

    I’ve been proven wrong on the DB’s before. I HATED (as a player) Keenan Lewis. Was FURIOUS when they kept him around (over Crezdon Butler) after Lewis’s third preseason of mediocre-poor play. And by the end of it all, I had to admit I was very wrong.
    Even though I was glad they didn’t pay what the NOS did, and are letting my preference of Allen take his shot, I still was very wrong. Hopefully, I will be on C. Brown too.

  • Brendon Glad

    Yes, I’m not going to write D. Smith off yet. As Steeler fans ALL we ask for is a PUSH on the Special-teams game. We don’t rely on it as a bread-and-butter staple like the Titans, Lions, Bears and such. Never have, and probably never will.
    Just give me a push. And NOT a statistical push. Because special-teams stats are dang near worthless. Give me the EYEBALL push. That’s all I want. When the Steelers get the “eyeball-push” on special-teams, they usually win the AFC championship.

  • Brendon Glad

    Yeah, whatever they are doing…bottle it. But maybe drip a little spillage into whatever OL formula they have been mixing up before they seal the cap. lol

  • SteelersDepot

    They have nothing to lose by keeping him on PUP. Not sure what your beef with that is. Will he play this year? Likely not, but at least he has a chance. They lose nothing by doing this and it makes all the sense in the world. Even if he comes back to only play special teams, at least he can practice and learn the defense.

  • Brendon Glad

    I thought there was a limited amount of players a team can keep on PUP. Those rules confuse me, so I probably was mistaken. But with a bunch of guys in that “week 6-week 8 possible return”…then if there IS a limit to the number of PUP guys, then that is part of why I said what I said.

  • Matthew Marczi

    No limit on the PUP. After Miller came off today, Spence is the only one on. Chances are he ends up on IR, but I think it would be good if he can at least break a sweat in a few practices before then.

  • Brendon Glad

    Are you sure players can practice while they are on the “physically unable to perform” list? I’d be surprised if that were the case. Seems like a big loop-hole that the NFL would have addressed.

  • Matthew Marczi

    They can’t practice for the first six weeks. Here is the rule:

    “Commencing on the day after the conclusion of the sixth regular season weekend (October 15) and continuing through the day after the conclusion of the 11th regular season weekend (November 19), clubs are permitted to begin practicing players on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform for a period not to exceed 21 calendar days. Pads and helmets are permitted during the 21-day period. At any time during the 21-day practice period, or prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the day after the conclusion of the 21-day period, clubs are permitted to restore such players on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform to their Active/Inactive List.”

    Basically after six weeks, teams have a 6-week window for a player to start practicing, but once he starts practicing, they need to make a decision whether to activate him or end his season within three weeks from the time that he starts practicing. But they can be activated at any point after the first six weeks.

  • Brendon Glad

    So is Spence part of the 53 then? Because if he’s not, and a team can just dump a bunch of players on PUP, then I’m surprised they didn’t do it with Van Dyke, Cheadle, Sylvester, and any number of others.

  • Matthew Marczi

    No, PUP players do not count on the 53-man roster, but their salaries count against the cap. Van Dyke, etc. were not eligible to start the season on what they call the Reserve/PUP List (basically the regular season PUP List) because they were not on the Active/PUP List (basically the training camp PUP List). If at any point you are not on the training camp PUP List, whether you were not on there to begin with or you were removed, you lose your eligibility to be on the PUP List on the regular season. Then the team either has to carry you even though you’re injured, put you on IR, or release you.

  • greeny

    He looked average at best the last couple of preseason games against the practice squad quality players. Hopefully we pick up some depth off of waivers

  • Brendon Glad

    AHHHH!!! Ok. Makes complete sense now. Thanks, Matthew.

  • Brendon Glad

    Thanks much! Makes complete sense now. Regardless of my feelings on whether Spence should be activated into live fire during the stretch-run considering his circumstances, since the Steelers have nothing to lose, then I totally understand the move now.

  • charles

    If either tackle gets hurt, we will see that we got Whimper for Starks. Big Ben has to be praying.
    We will know how our season will go after the first half of the first game: pressure or enough time to let any Ginn go long, in which case even a good secondary will have holes. Pressure is the over the top help that Curtis Brown needs.
    Special teams HAS to improve in a hurry.
    On the glass half full side, Jones seems to have huge upside and others in this draft class make it look like Colbert and Tomlin at least hit a ground rule double.
    Woodley and Troy came in physically prepared.
    Felix may be a natural for the ZBS and play action will make the Steelers one of the higher scoring teams in the league.

    You gotta believe that we are heading for the Super Bowl!

  • GNG

    I wonder will Colbert go after Max Starks.

  • Jeff Johnson

    I am also. Also surprised that Fangupo beat out Ta’amu and Wilson beat out McFadden

  • Jeff Johnson

    Tomlin and Colbert need to take a look at the o-linemen released by other teams and see if any are better than Whimper. They must feel that Whimper is the best that they have right now at backup, which say that their backups are not good at the o-line except for Beachem.

  • Jeff Johnson

    I hope they bring back Ta’amu if Spaeth goes on IR

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Honestly I do not know how Hawthorne could have outplayed Green since Hawthorne only played in 2 games and one sparingly.

  • walter mason

    I have never been a huge fan of Starks but he saved our azz last year. The thought occured to me as well that his heart may not have been in San Diego.

  • walter mason

    I always liked Keenan Lewis. I dont see anything to like in C. Brown as a DB. Shame. He plays so good ST.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    So, Hawthorne’s his own worst enemy?

  • HopalongCassidy

    I am surprised they cut Brian Arnfelt. I felt he played about as well as any defensive lineman. I think this kid has a lot of upside. I hope someone else doesn’t snap him up.

  • Matt Searls

    But the enemy of his enemy is his friend, so he’s actually friends with himself but hates it

  • tricitysteel

    I just can’t see Starks being brought back, he doesn’t fit the athletic type of linemen that Bicknell and the Steelers want

  • blustrk

    Although as a Steeler die hard I expect nothing less than a play-off team, Having said that, this roster has me worried. I see very few names that make me feel confident and about as little depth as one can imagine. Hope Ben and the O-line can perform better than the pre-season has indicated.

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  • Christopher Wilkes

    You can’t edit your post. Now none of this makes any sense!

  • Matt Searls

    At least we still know its funny