Steelers 2016 Training Camp Roster Poll: Will S Ross Ventrone Make The Final 53?

The Pittsburgh Steelers won’t begin training camp for a few more weeks, so, like last year at this same time, I thought we would spend the next week or so talking about a few players that many believe will have a decent shot at making the 2016 final 53-man roster. Basically, these are players that we can’t quite consider locks, but do consider as being on the bubble ahead of the team reporting to Latrobe.

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 third player up in this series is safety Ross Ventrone.

2015 Season Recap:

After initially making the Steelers final 53-man roster last season out of training camp, Ventrone was used exclusivity on special teams and registered two total tackles in the team’s first 5 regular-season games.

After suffering a hamstring injury in the Steelers Monday night game against the San Diego Chargers, Ventrone was released as the team needed his roster spot. A few weeks later he was signed to the New England Patriots practice squad but that stay with them was a short one. Ventrone was eventually signed to the Steelers practice squad in late December and promoted to their 53-man roster a few days later for the regular-season finale against the Cleveland Browns.

Ventrone went on to dress for both of the Steelers playoff games last year and was credited with being in on one special teams tackle during those two contests.

2016 Training Camp Outlook:

Just like last year, Ventrone’s best shot at making the Steelers final 53-man roster out of training camp will rely heavily on his special teams ability. While Ventrone is listed as a safety, he hasn’t played a meaningful defensive snap at the position in several seasons.

Ventrone’s kamikaze-style and all-in effort on special teams is what has allowed him to stick in and around the league for several seasons. He’ll be hard to keep off the roster once again because of his playing style and selfishness and especially if he stays healthy the entire summer. With that said, the Steelers will certainly give younger and cheaper defensive basks on their roster every opportunity to take his spot over the course of the next several weeks and months.

Vote below and tell us the reason why you voted the way that you did in the comments.

Previous polls:

Will OL Chris Hubbard Make The Final 53?
Will LB Jordan Zumwalt Make The Final 53?

Will S Ross Ventrone Make The Final 53?


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  • Yup.

  • Thomas

    He might replace Shamarko, but I’d say no. That being said, he had experience at ILB last season, we could use depth there for upcoming contracts.

  • Matt Manzo

    With all the new guys on ST, I think the coaches will want Ventrone around. At least in the beginning. I see more of the same, bouncing on and off the roster.

  • PaeperCup

    No…but he’ll be one of the first called up when someone gets hurt.

  • Jaybird

    Wait a minute …. Ross ventrone at inside linebacker? If he has to be used at inside linebacker the steelers are in serious trouble. On the bright side , people would stop talking about how undersized Shaziet is at ILB.

  • Jaybird

    I don’t think he is eligible for the practice squad.

  • PaeperCup

    oh snap, you’re right.

  • Jaybird

    This guy is the hardest one to predict . I say no only because he is only going to contribute on special teams. Shamarko and a few rookie linebackers could at least sub in case of extreme injuries. I think they make it over Ross.
    That being said the steelers gotta find a way to give this dude some kind of job in the organization. That video of him rollerblading in hockey gear was awesome and makes him worth keeping around!

  • Big White

    It all depends if the Steelers see Sean Davis as the 5th corner or 4th safety. I think it’s probably the latter in which Ventrone is the odd man out. His Penguins videos definitely are helping his cause though.

  • Tom Jackson

    5th Corner? What?! The guy can’t even play Corner in college how could he possibly do it in the pros.

  • Big White

    If I read the eight or ten articles on the Steelers drafting him correctly, they view him as a guy who can play both.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I don’t think he makes it this time.

  • Tom Jackson

    No, theres absolutely zero discussion on his position and people who watched his senior year closely know exactly what I’m talking about. It was horrendous at times, looking like the 22nd best player on the field in college. Games like Iowa and WVU come to mind. Btw I mean that because he played exclusively CB in his Senior year. Played S in previous seasons, I think he switched because of team need.

    I mean you’ll see that soon enough on the field yourself. I don’t have the need to get into an argument about something this obvious.

  • Steel Your Face

    Shark v. Ventrone at Latrobe could be the battle for the 53rd.

  • Steel Your Face

    Is it because it’s a time allotment deal…?

  • Jaybird

    There are some crazy rules about who is eligible for the practice squad , and I don’t claim to remember or even understand them all . I just remember reading that Ross isn’t eligible for the PS this year. Maybe Dave could go over that, this seems like a good one for him.

  • Steel Your Face

    Thank you much!

  • Big White

    No. No argument here. I tried a number of times though to find where the Steelers had publicly said he was one or the other. I must have missed that either here at the Depot or wherever. I’m still trying to figure out where the Steelers are with Grant as well.

  • Yea it’s his selfishness that I like.

  • Aj Gentile

    I believe I have read that in practice Davis was lining up as the slot corner.

  • Aj Gentile

    I say yes but he will be the first to be cut if another spot is needed.

  • Tom Jackson

    Well their 2nd RND Safety played his whole senior season at CB. To flat out say that won’t be in his cards in the league would be a bad look. I get why they say it is a possibility but I don’t think he can play there nor do I think he get’s a serious look as a CB from our coaches.

    As for Grant I’m also hyped to hear something about him in camp. Looking at his physical game and his supposed high football IQ a move to safety could be a possibility IMO but I could also see him as a CB again come camp. Very interesting to see what they do with him.