The Pittsburgh Steelers won’t begin training camp for a little less than two more weeks, 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 seventh player up in this series is veteran offensive lineman Guy Whimper.
2013 Season Recap:
Whimper made the Steelers 53 man roster last season as a backup and he managed to see action at four different positions on the offensive line in seven different games to the tune of 270 total snaps. Whimper’s best game was his first one in a Steelers uniform when he was forced to take over early at right tackle for an injured Marcus Gilbert in the Week 7 win over the Baltimore Ravens.
When Whimper was forced to play either of the two guard spots over the course of the season, he looked out of place and that’s something the Steelers really want to stay away from moving forward into 2014.
The Steelers enter training camp with seven offensive line spots on the 53 man roster already spoken for. Being as they are unlikely to keep more than nine, Whimper will likely have to beat out rookie draft pick Wesley Johnson and perhaps one more young player in training camp in order to make the team this year.
Whimper is now 31 years-old and the fact that he’s pretty much limited to playing right tackle really decreases his value. On the flip side, however, head coach Mike Tomlin seems to think pretty high of him. When the smoke clears, Whimper will likely need to hope that the Steelers keep nine offensive linemen in total if he’s unable to beat out Johnson.
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