Bryan: 2017 Steelers 53-Man Roster Prediction: Post Second Preseason Game Edition


The Pittsburgh Steelers played their second preseason game of 2017 on Sunday at Heinz Field and it gave us yet another long look at several young players. With the preseason now half over, it’s time for me to update my 53-man roster prediction.

Moving forward from here, I will post a new 53-man prediction following the final two preseason games just as I do every year.

As usual, I invite all readers to add their own 53-man roster predictions in the comments below. At the very least, let me know which players on my list that you think won’t ultimately make the final 53 and why.

Offense (25)

Quarterbacks (3)Ben Roethlisberger, Landry Jones, Joshua Dobbs


Analysis: One would think and hope that we’ll see both Roethlisberger and Jones play Saturday night against the Indianapolis Colts with Dobbs mopping it up. We’ll see.

Running Backs (3)Le’Veon Bell, Knile Davis, James Conner

Analysis: Conner made his NFL debut Sunday evening and we’ll expect him to see even more playing time over the course of the next two weeks. Neither Davis, nor Fitzgerald Toussaint have done much to write home about so far. With that said, I still have Davis edging out Toussaint by a hair. Davis did have a nice special teams tackle Sunday.

Fullbacks (1)Roosevelt Nix

Analysis: Nix blocked a punt on Sunday and looked great as a lead blocker during the few plays he was in on offense. Put this man in bubble wrap right now as he’s ready for the regular season.

Wide Receivers (6)Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, Eli Rogers, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Sammie CoatesJustin Hunter

Analysis: Coates and Hunter both made their 2017 debuts on Sunday. What does Darrius Heyward-Bey really offer this team right now outside of kickoff coverage ability? I want to keep him, but just can’t bang the table for him. Hunter, if he makes it, would likely be a Week 1 inactive.

Tight Ends (4)Jesse James, David Johnson, Xavier Grimble, Jake McGee

Analysis: Yes, it’s crazy to carry four tight ends but what has Grimble really done so far this preseason? He’s not a great blocker and not a special team asset. McGee is, however. I opened up a spot for McGee by dumping a fifth inside linebacker. Consider McGee a special teamer addition more than a tight end add. I think Danny Smith might pound the table for him. We’ll see.

Offensive Linemen (8)Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro, Ramon Foster, Marcus Gilbert, Alejandro Villanueva, B.J. Finney, Chris Hubbard, Jerald Hawkins

Analysis: Hawkins had a much better showing Sunday and especially as a run blocker. If the Steelers wind up keeping nine in total, one has to think Matt Feiler would be the ninth. It’s too bad he’s out of practice squad eligibility.

Defense (25)

Defensive Linemen (6)Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt, Javon Hargrave, Tyson Alualu, L.T. Walton, Johnny Maxey

Analysis: While Daniel McCullers should be recognized for a few strong pass rush snaps during Sunday’s game, I still have him on the outside looking in. Maxey, if he indeed makes the roster, would likely be a weekly inactive. In short, no changes for me with this group.

Inside Linebackers (4)Ryan Shazier, Vince WilliamsTyler Matakevich, L.J. Fort

Analysis: We will have to watch what happens with Steven Johnson moving forward as he suffered a hamstring injury on Sunday. Fort has really played well and it’s hard seeing him not make the roster at this point. Would the Steelers dare only keep four inside linebackers and five outside linebackers in total? Matt Galambos or Keith Kelsey might be more in play now if the team is looking to keep five at this position group and if Johnson is out a while. I will go with four this week in order to accommodate McGee above.

Outside Linebackers (5)Bud Dupree, James Harrison, T.J. Watt, Anthony Chickillo, Arthur Moats

Analysis: Keion Adams has still yet to play in a preseason game and hasn’t practiced in forever. Could he ultimately wind up on Reserve/Injured? It’s possible. These five above appear to be stone cold lead pipe locks right now.

Cornerbacks (6) –  Artie Burns, Ross Cockrell, Coty Sensabaugh, Cameron Sutton, William Gay, Mike Hilton

Analysis: Nothing new here. What will ultimately happen with rookie draft pick Brian Allen? I think practice squad, ultimately.

Safeties (4)Mike Mitchell, Sean Davis, Robert Golden, Jordan Dangerfield

Analysis: Can Jacob Hagen make this roster as a fifth? I still don’t think so and thus have him on the practice squad again.

Specialists (3)

Kicker (1)Chris Boswell

Analysis: Boswell has been money so far just as you would expect him to be.

Punter (1)Jordan Berry

Analysis: Berry had a great game on Sunday.

Long Snapper (1)Colin Holba

Analysis: Holba, the team’s sixth-round draft pick this year, is still doing his job.

Final Notes: I made just one change in this latest prediction as I removed Johnson and replaced him with McGee. That’s a BOLD move and let’s see if it pays off for me.

Practice Squad (10)Demarcus Ayers, Brian Mihalik, Keavon Milton, Terrell Watson, Francis Kallon, Brian Allen, Jacob Hagen, Lavon Hooks, Keion Adams, Keith Kelsey

Analysis: Added Milton and Kelsey

Week 1 Inactives (7) – Hawkins, Dobbs, Maxey, Moats, Hunter, Sutton, Grimble

Steelers 2017 53-Man Roster & 10-Man Practice Squad Prediction
OFFENSE
Roethlisberger, BenQB
Jones, LandryQB
Dobbs, JoshuaQB
Bell, Le’VeonRB
Davis, KnileRB
Conner, JamesRB
Nix, RooseveltFB
Brown, AntonioWR
Bryant, MartavisWR
Rogers, EliWR
Smith-Schuster, JuJuWR
Coates, SammieWR
Hunter, JustinWR
James, JesseTE
Johnson, DavidTE
Grimble, XavierTE
McGee, JakeTE
Pouncey, MaurkiceC
Foster, RamonG
DeCastro, DavidG
Finney, B.J.C/G
Hubbard, ChrisT/G
Gilbert, MarcusT
Villanueva, AlejandroT
Hawkins, JeraldT
DEFENSE
Heyward, CameronDE
Tuitt, StephonDE
Alualu, TysonDE
Hargrave, JavonDT
Walton, L.T.DT/DE
Maxey, JohnnyDE
Harrison, JamesOLB
Dupree, BudOLB
Watt, T.J.OLB
Chickillo, AnthonyOLB
Moats, ArthurOLB
Shazier, RyanILB
Williams, VinceILB
Matakevich, TylerILB
Fort, L.J.ILB
Burns, ArtieCB
Cockrell, RossCB
Sutton, CameronCB
Sensabaugh, CotyCB
Gay, WilliamCB
Hilton, MikeCB/DB
Mitchell, MikeS
Davis, SeanS
Golden, RobertS
Dangerfield, JordanS
SPECIALISTS
Boswell, ChrisK
Berry, JordanP
Holba, ColinLS
PRACTICE SQUAD
Ayers, DemarcusWR
Mihalik, BrianT
Milton, KeavonG/T
Kelsey, KeithILB
Watson, TerrellRB
Kallon, FrancisDE
Allen, BrianCB
Hagen, JacobS
Hooks, LavonDT
Adams, KeionOLB

  • stan

    I agree that McGee might make the team, but that it would be at Grimble’s expense, not in addition to Grimble.

  • stan

    I seem to recall Moats playing some ILB in Buffalo. It would make things a lot easier if he was good enough to fill in at ILB now…

  • Steve Johnson

    Four TE’s? Why? What has Grimble done to deserve a spot? DHB? Both of these guys needs to go. Sick of Tomlin and Colbert carrying Dead Weight, both of them have done a poor job of evaluating talent. Get rid of Grimble, keep seven DB’s (Brian Allen), and train and work with the kid. They already know what David Grimble brings to the table – Absolutely Nothing! Robert Golden? Dead Weight. Knile Davis? Let him go and keep the kid who returned the Punt for a TD. Tomlin often talks about not living in his fears, Prove It! And another thing, is it me, but I get sick of watching the Head Coach giggling all the (Bleep) time. And people wonder why he is often categorized as a Cheerleader. Let’s Get Serious!

  • newguy68

    What has Maxey done to reserve a spot? Yes I am a McCullers fan, but I saw him yesterday drive his guy backwards into ATL QB that caused an errant throw to be intercepted. Then on the goal line I seen him take on two blockers to open Hilton up for a blitz tha nearly caused a safety. Yes, Walton has surpassed Big Dan, I’m not seeing Maxey overtaking him.

    Thanks

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I’m starting to think that maybe we only keep 5 Dlineman and put 2 on the PS. It opens up a roster spot for someone who may help the team more, even if he isn’t dressing. Right now, I would keep DHB and then put Maxey on the PS.

  • falconsaftey43

    I like McCullers flashes too, but man, it’s been 3 years and they are still just flashes. He’s an ok backup NT IMO, but the team isn’t going to keep a 3rd string NT most likely. If Walton has passed him at NT, they’ll keep a DE as the 6th guy. It’s almost always 4 DEs and 2 NT (and often the 2nd NT is a DE/NT guy like Walton).

  • steelburg

    I’m good with everyone except for McGee he could be easily put on the practice squad and called up if need be. I also can’t see him making Grimble the inactive on game days maybe David Johnson but not Grimble.

  • John Noh

    I don’t see Grimble making this team, which would cement McGee’s chances. None of the Steelers TEs including Grimble are stretch-the-field types. In that case, they should go with the TEs that can at least open up running lanes with their blocking. That puts McGee, who has shown he can block and then some, in front of Grimble.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Didn’t the Steelers keep two fullbacks in Rossevelt Nix’s rookie season? He and Will Johnson.

    I mention this since this would not make the retention of 4 TE’s all that unusual if the Steelers thought it would bulk up their special teams if Steve Johnson is out.

  • Hagen Rinde

    yeah, I’m officially off the Grimble train too. Seen enough of him. He cannot catch, simple as that.

  • Mike

    I’m no Toussaint fan, but did Davis even get a carry yesterday? Knile bobbled a kick return but was otherwise invisible. I think they either go with Toussaint as the 3rd rb who won’t hurt the team when called upon even though he doesn’t bring much. I hope they can find someone better on the waiver wire.

  • John Noh

    I say cut both Fitz and Knile; give Trey Williams a shot as the third RB, if he continues to play well. He’d be a good change of pace back and a PR/KR specialist, a la Jakeem Grant of the Dolphins.

    Fitz and Knile just remind me of Najeh Davenport but maybe with better bathroom hygiene.

  • newguy68

    Good point and see where you’re coming from. But seeing that we play the Ravens and Browns twice, both teams that seem to want to run the ball. Add on the Jaguars with Fournette and the Titans with Murray and Henry …. a big guy in the middle could help out more. Just saying…..

  • Steelers12

    Bathroom hygiene?

  • Steelers12

    Just cut Grimble

  • Steelers12

    Route running ugly as well

  • John Noh

    Najeh’s claim to fame (infamy?) was getting cited for pooping in some girl’s closet while he was at the U. That was appropriate given I thought his running skills were pretty much s*** while he was a Steeler.

  • Biggie

    I cannot see keeping 4 TEs over an extra OL or DL. I’d keep McGee at this point as he looks great blocking and has value on STs. Grimble has shown me nothing so far.

  • Jaybird

    But no one really wants to run against us. It’s so much easier to pass on us.

  • newguy68

    Sad but true

  • Thomas

    Who’s better on those backside pull runs? McGee or Johnson?
    If the answer to that question is McGee and he’s the off ball, pulling blocker I feel he might be a better keep.
    We already go 6 OL more than some teams if we need a power block in line…so if McGee takes those on the move athletic blocks…does that make Johnson redundant?
    The guy waddles around like an O lineman anyways, what he gives you in the pass game is probably equal or less than McGee’s ceiling there. If McGee is as strong blocker and more athletic, why not just keep him?

  • Steelers12

    😂😂😂😂 them U boys wild

  • Mr. Goodkat

    I dunno man. If James gets hurt or suddenly starts dropping balls, that leaves you with DJ and McGee catching passes. No bueno.

  • Mr. Goodkat

    So if James gets hurt, you’re comfortable rolling with DJ or McGee as a starting TE? That’s why Grimble is going to make the team. He’s the best natural pass catcher.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    maybe; maybe not. Does not negate the precedence.

  • Shane Mitchell

    McGee can catch passes, he has great hands.

  • Jon Crissinger

    I think maybe Brian Allen would get the spot if the 5th ILB is booted. But yeah it depends on who can contribute more to special teams.

  • Mr. Goodkat

    So to clarify, you are of the opinion that he is a better blocker and receiver than James?

  • Shane Mitchell

    Yes

  • Alan Tman

    Odom’s pass catching ability will keep him on the practice squad. McGee will not be on the squad in front of DHB, Ayers, or Grimble. He’s the Outlaw, but he’s a better blocker.

  • Chad Weiss

    If it’s me I’m taking McGee cutting grimble and only keeping three tight ends.

    I really like the performance of the back up d line yesterday so I’m not necessarily keeping Maxey.

    I’m making a trade if possible Sammy Coates for Reggie Ragland considering he dont really fit bills new system.

    Give me galambos,ayers,allen,watson,adams,hagen,mihalic,kid who ran punt back,and three others and life would be good in my eyes

  • Alan Tman

    You’re right they went to AFC Championship game without their best defensive lineman, and second best receiver evaluating talent poorly. LOL

  • Denny

    This is very much in line with my thinking right now. As others have mentioned, I might go with McGee over Grimble as well. With this group we aren’t looking for spread the field TE receivers as we have that with our WRs, but we need them to block, play ST, and make an occasional catch just to keep the DEF honest. I am concerned about our interior OL depth so might keep Feiler. I’d do whatever we need to do to keep Muchak happy. I would really hate to lose that guy.

  • Alan Tman

    That’s the way I see it too.

  • Alan Tman

    Odom’s talent catching the ball demands him getting a spot on the practice squad for a year. If anyone is a fourth TE it’s Odom.

  • stan

    I don’t see Grimble as much of a receiver either. Plus, in this era of the NFL you can go a long time without actually throwing to the TE.

  • stan

    McGee’s reputation coming in was as a bad blocker and good receiver. I think he’s better than advertised in both areas but I wouldn’t say he can do either thing as well as James.

  • SeventhHeavan

    I agree with most of your assessment, but I would make 3 changes–
    Houston over Dobbs
    Johnson over Matakevich
    Hagen over Golden

    Dobbs, Matakevich, and Golden all need to go or make room on the practice squad.

  • walter

    Could McGee take Johnsons spot? McGee looked pretty good as a blocker.

  • walter

    Do you think he is a better blocker than DJ?

  • Jim Foles

    If McGee gets 10 yards after one catch he will have more then James. James really struggles with YAC..

  • Ray

    People forget Steelers have kept 4 TE on the roster a lot.

    Carried 4 last year once they activated Green.

    Kept 3 Tight Ends in 2015 but kept both Rosie Nix and Will Johnson

    in 2013, they kept 5 Tight Ends (Heath, Spaeth, DJ, Paulson and Michael Palmer)

    I think we might end up seeing Grimble cut and Feiler kept

  • Jim Foles

    McGee would be picked off the PS quickly. He has football iq and blocks for god sakes.. Plus not seen in Pitt yet had 40 plus catches a year in college.

  • Jeff Burton

    I’m glad to see TE/HB/ST Jake McGee on this list. I had McGee mocked to the Steelers in the 5th Rd a couple years ago. The announcers of the Falcon’s game kept on pointing out how dominating he was in blocking. The Steelers haven’t had a pulling TE this good since Heath!!! He’s actually a better receiver than David Johnson, as well though we probably won’t see that ’til Ben’s playing. I’m guessing the Steelers were hoping they could draft him and were glad to get him in during training camp. I hope he makes the team. He’d be a great addition and a real Steeler.

  • Michael Conrad

    So where are the problems for this team CB and Safety. Can Allen play? Should he play more . They need help. Do we need Gay if Hilton and Cody and Sutton play slot. He was trailing the plays and I just think its time.

    Do we have anyone better the Golden? Better keep him. Hagen or a pickup.

    McGee looks good as a blocker are we going to throw him the ball? Do we need four TE’s.? McGee can block in space and should make the team but do we need four.

    Do we need to keep Dobbs on the team? I think but its a wasted spot they could put Houston on the PS.
    Let face it Dobbs makes Jones look good and that’s not good.

    Does Trey Williams get a spot on the team. Can’t teach returning a punt for a TD its a special talent.

  • steeltown

    I like this roster. Im finding it hard to keep Maxey on the 53 though, he’ll be inactive regardless and could easily be stashed on the squad. Think I’d keep S.Johnson, DHB or Feiler instead

  • Charles Mullins

    “STRENGTHS Hands for days. Uses every bit of his catch radius and has elite concentration. Can adjust and catch it high, low or behind him with hands like a shortstop. Former high school quarterback who recognizes when he’s hot receiver against blitz and opens quickly. Scouts rave about his outgoing personality and ability to bring locker room together. Considered great teammate who leads by example. Used frequently as a move blocker in Florida offense and has tools to improve in that area. Has acceleration on crossing routes to separate from safeties and linebackers.”

    Apparently Jake McGee cant block and can catch for days… This should be interesting.

  • Milliken Steeler

    Johnson over Matakevich? Based on what exactly?

  • Shane Mitchell

    Individual skill I would say no, but in the context of a game possibly because having the complete TE on the field versus the pure blocking TE on an identical play call could be the difference between the defense playing 8 men in the box versus 7 on the play.

  • Rocksolid20

    You are correct , he has even played some inside while with
    the Steelers .

  • Rocksolid20

    Laughing and crying .

  • Rocksolid20

    Can Grimble be on the PS ?

  • Rocksolid20

    Trey Williams needs just one more splash play and he can
    make this team . Need to see him get a few carries out of the
    backfield .

  • Michael Mosgrove

    cut robert golden. he’s been here 6 years. he is still showing he is to be average at best. he started turning the corner late 2015…..and then promptly fell off the cliff back to nobody land.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    problem areas, qb, tight end and safety.

    danger replaces mitchell next year, who then becomes the ss, and davis finally moves to fs. thus fixing a couple big problems in the safety room. we still draft one anyways probably 2nd or 3rd round. golden is cut.

    not giving out hope on grimble rounding out and performing better than jesse.

    dobbs is replaced by the first round qb we draft next year.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    for a blocking tight end we have david johnson. who is a better blocker with soft hands. similar to will johnson. mcgee is redundant.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    2013 was an abnormality as far as tight end because our wr corp was very weak. paulson and palmer were not good. spaeth was a king amongst men in blocking and underrated receiver. heath is heath. dj is okay.

    2015 heath, and spaeth, (all around and mostly blocker), and jesse the rookie.
    will johnson is still underrated in my book he just ahsnt been able to get the snaps. hard runner, decent hands, good blocker.

    unless grimble starts stinking up the joint, he wont be cut. not this year anyways.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    i get where he is coming from. steven johnson has been a decent player in his limited snaps and dirty red got roasted yesterday over and over. but i wouldnt make a call either way. yet.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    i wouldnt take mcgee over grimble. dj does every job mcgee does and as for a blocker thats why mother hubbard is still here. mcgee is redundant. grimble is a better receiver when he has a competent qb throwing to him.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    allen aint going to be on the 53. he adds no value. yet.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    what you just described for mcgee is hubbard. and the team likes mother hubbard. i dont but the team does.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    grimble hasnt shown anything? he’s only had dobbs throwing to him. grimble is a better blocker and receiver.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    looked like he got a couple in each quarter. i know, because i kept yelling at him.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    As always I will continue to go with Toussaint over Davis. I think Davis has to be easily discernible as the better of the 2 for him to win that 3rd RB spot over an incumbent with so much experience and to this point he hasn’t shown that.

    I still think it is going to be DHB over Hunter. You asked what he offers outside of ST and as a receiver the answer is just about the same as Hunter or Coates. They are 1 route players in there to run go routes and all of them have questionable hands. Outside of that, he also offers a great locker room presence that can’t be overlooked or undervalued. And like I keep saying, DHB is the faster of the bunch so may even ultimately be slightly more threatening in that very specific role as a receiver.

    As far as 4 TE’s go, it just isn’t going to happen. Mcgee is a good blocker but they often bring in Hubbard to block anyway so where does Mcgee fit? What about Rosie Nix as basically a 4th TE as well? Would be far too much overkill Dave. That being said, I do think there should be some consideration to Mcgee over Grimble.

    Now that I have said that though, I should have an answer as to who gets that spot and I am really not sure at this point. I’m thinking it would have to lean towards Stevie Johnson or a 9th OL.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    No way he is getting cut. ST captain and top backup at both spots. We really need to pray Davis is the real deal because every safety we have is seemingly pretty average. I would like to be excited about Dangerfield but he excelled last night vs 3rd and 4th team.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    no. fitz while not spectacular is a solid backup. anyone holding the fumble from 2 years ago, against him is an idiot period. knile looks flat out inconsistent. which is partly because we’ve had a mixed o line but at the same time its why he was relegated to low snaps for the chiefs.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    yes. will johnson and nix were both kept. but seeing as how nix was younger they opted for him. i still think that it was a msitake to let johnson go. especially with heath leaving. i would love to bring him back as he is only 28 and is a free agent. hes a solid runner, a good blocker and had okay hands. most of steelers nation never got attached to him though. still one of my favorites.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    he can catch fine. when dobbs and houston arent throwing it. he was fine with landry, he was fine with ben.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    right because the few snaps that grimble got resulted in 2 touchdowns and over a hundred yards when he was primarily used as a blocker and jesse as the receiver. along with green being useless. hush. grimble is fine with competent qb’s. you are so off the wall with so many of your statements i swear.

    allen? brian allen at this point adds as much value as cortez allen did his entire tenure here. nothing. yes he may have the physical height and weight but he has a long way to go in getting even close to the 53. his ony thing really going for him is he hasnt missed very many snaps. he is at best a practice squad player right now.

  • Chad Weiss

    Meh it’s fifty fifty neither will be anything more tthan a than a third stringer.Grimble has his issues with drops,mgee got issues w athleticism.Im only keeping one of the two..

  • Michael Mosgrove

    exactly. grimble is a wayyy better catcher and blocker than james but jesse is the supposed heir apparent to heath but if he has another subpar season i could see him being cut next year. as for dj. hes solid in all areas. not spectacular by any means. but solid.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    not a popsicles chance in hell of that.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    so wheres mcgee’s touchdowns? wheres his yards? oh right. he has zero.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    in that scenario neither will be on the field because thats what they use mother hubbard for.

  • Alan Tman

    He just got cut by the Chargers. 27 other teams could have picked him up before we did. So I don’t think that’s going to happen.

  • walter

    I didn’t read it when I posted my thoughts but I see now Dave has predicted the same. “Final Notes: I made just one change in this latest prediction as I removed Johnson and replaced him with McGee. That’s a BOLD move and let’s see if it pays off for me.”

  • prnitz

    Hope your wrong on rb. Id prefer Watson over Davis or Toussaint, as well as safety where ultimately Id like to see Hagen starting at free safety and Mitchell moving closer to the line to play strong– we need a true ball-hawking free safety back there.

  • Shane Mitchell

    What scenario? Not talking about inline blocking in short yardage situations if thats the scenario you are suggesting, I am talking move blocking on fringe run/pass downs thats where McGee shines as a blocker.

  • francesco

    I believe you have omitted Cobi Hamilton.

  • WreckIess

    Having a backup safety that’s average is a really good thing. He’s just not built for free safety.

  • Reggie Cunningham

    cut Golden, Gay and Cockrell .

  • Milliken Steeler

    I guess that’s my point. It’s early to say, Red, isn’t going to get better or have more upside.

  • VaDave

    It has amazed me how we got from the train wreck of the 2011-2012 seasons to where it is today with the level of coaching and player development we employ… just amazing how this has happened with those bums we got coaching…

  • VaDave

    I’m not sure what the Browns O is like, but I will say this, the Ravens do like their ZBS and Walton happens to play these stretch plays really well. JMO.

  • VaDave

    Why take the bus when you can fly? I get it, but the pass defense will tighten up, much like it did as the year wore on last year.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    here’s the point. mike mitchell is playing free safety when he should be playing ss. dangerfield provides everything mitchell does but better football iq and more speed and better angles. if they finally move davis to fs where he belongs and danger takes the ss, then our safety corp is improved doubly. as well as knowing they will take a safety in 2nd or 3rd round who will be in there competing. i will take hagen over golden at this point and hagen got scorched a couple times himself yesterday.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Too bad the Steelers don’t have a replacement for Golden. Outside of ST’s he doesn’t offer much as a Safety

  • Douglas Andrews

    I like the idea of keeping DHB off the roster. I think Hilton can do the same job if not better as a gunner on ST’s .

  • SeventhHeavan

    Based on what I’ve seen so far. Hasn’t been much to evaluate but I just think that Johnson has more upside…

  • SeventhHeavan

    I agree.

  • Alan Tman

    They have the same skill set.

  • Ray

    you are vastly overrating Grimble. He is an average receiver at best and can’t block. What have you seen him done that says he has to be on this team? He dropped a big pass against the Falcons

    Yes keeping 5 tight ends was an abnormality but keeping 4 is certainly possible.

  • NW86

    That reference is to Steven Johnson. He still has David Johnson on the roster.

  • Scott Prosser

    I can’t see Knile Davis making the team over Watson or Williams.

  • walter

    Oh OK lol. i got that mixed up. thanks. I like it better this way. Its my own bold prediction

  • RASTA

    Great roster!

    Spot on: QB’s/WR’s/DL/LB’s/ST’s

    Steelers going to the Super Bowl!

    Not sold on Davis at RB yet, huge Week 3 preseason games for the 3rd RB/PR/KR spot imho.

    I can also see them keeping 4 TE’s, but if Grimble regresses one more game, it will be someone else’s FA and not him on this season’s roster….or a 9th OL in Feiler.

    I still see Gay as a phone call away this year, and I can’t see Allen staying on PS, but they could chance that and add another CB from the 53-purged FA market.

    Does Golden add anything anymore that a younger, higher upside safety does not? Big game for him Saturday imho.

    peace