The Pittsburgh Steelers will begin training camp one week from today, so I thought we would spend these last several days talking about a few players that many believe will have a decent shot at making the final 53 man roster. Basically, these are players that we can’t quite consider locks, but do consider as being on the bubble.
After reading the recap of the player that we highlight, you can cast your vote as to whether or not you think that player will make the final 53 man roster. Each poll will run for three days.
The ninth player up in this series is second-year defensive end Brian Arnfelt.
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While Arnfelt, an undrafted free agent, was unable to make the Steelers final 53 man roster last year out of training camp, he did show enough during the preseason to warrant the team signing him to the practice squad. At that point, his main job was to be available and show improvement moving forward and he was apparently able to accomplish both. In the middle of December, Arnfelt found himself promoted to the Steelers 53 man roster for the final three games of the season due to a few other players being banged up. He only played two snaps in the win over the Cincinnati Bengals, but did manage to get a small taste of what’s it like to play when it counts.
The Steelers already have four spots on their2014 defensive line spoken for and that number would jump to five depending on whether or not veteran Brett Keisel is ultimately re-signed. The team will more than likely keep six or seven defensive linemen in total, so you can see why Arnfelt has his work cut out for him. Working in his favor, however, is the fact that he was on the practice squad last season and was able to get a full year’s worth of development in. That’s something that Nick Williams, who Arnfelt will be battling in training camp this year, wasn’t able to do. Arnfelt also will have several new rookie undrafted free agents to beat out, but that shouldn’t be a problem as long as he stays healthy.
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