The Pittsburgh Steelers first depth chart for the 2014 preseason has reportedly been released and while head coach Mike Tomlin would likely advise everyone to not read too much into it, we will list a few things that stick out.
As Bob Labriola points out, it looks like Justin Brown is currently viewed as the team’s No. 4 receiver. That matches the groups that he’s been spotted running with so far during training camp practices.
While Darrius Heyward-Bey might be listed ahead of Martavis Bryant, there is no doubt in my mind that the latter is a lock to make the roster. Heyward-Bey and Derek Moye are both hanging on by threads and probably need to hope the team keeps a total of six wide receivers.
The fact that Michael Palmer is listed as the team’s No. 3 tight end is only bad news for David Paulson. The spot is probably wide open for the taking. One of the two rookies, Rob Blanchflower or Eric Waters, is likely to make the final 53 man roster. When the dust clears, there’s a good chance Palmer will not.
There’s no real surprises on the defensive line with Brian Arnfelt and Stephon Tuitt being listed as the second team defensive ends. Even though Hebron Fangupo is listed as the No. 2 nose tackle, that job likely belongs to defensive end Cam Thomas. So essentially that No. 2 listing should really be a No. 3.
I wouldn’t read too much into Brice McCain being listed ahead of Antwon Blake. Blake has reportedly had a great camp thus far while McCain has been relatively quiet. Blake’s making this team.
Punters Adam Podlesh and Brad Wing are currently listed as co-starters and that’s not a surprise.
Once again, this depth chart is only good for creating discussions, so don’t get too worked up about it.
— Burt Lauten (@SteelersPRBurt) August 3, 2014