Steelers Release Updated Depth Chart Ahead Of Second Preseason Game


The Pittsburgh Steelers released their second depth chart of the preseason on Wednesday and while it includes a few minor things worth noting, the biggest takeaway is the list of players who are still not included on it due to them currently being unable to participate in practices.

Currently, eight players are listed as not participating as of Wednesday and they are: quarterback Landry Jones, center Maurkice Pouncey, wide receiver Demarcus Ayers, running back Le’Veon Bell, safety Mike Mitchell, cornerback Cameron Sutton, cornerback Senquez Golson and outside linebacker Keion Adams.

Of that list of players, it will be interesting to see if Sutton resumes practicing fully on Wednesday as he appears to be close to doing so.

Omitted from that list this time around is rookie running back James Conner and he’s now listed as the team’s fourth running back behind Fitzgerald Toussaint, Knile Davis and Terrell Watson. Conner is expected to make his NFL debut Sunday night in the Steelers second preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Wide receiver Martavis Bryant debuts on the team’s depth chart as the starter opposite Antonio Brown now that he’s allowed to resume practicing again. Fellow wide receiver Sammie Coates, who was removed from the team’s PUP list on Wednesday, is listed behind Brown.


Even though Steelers outside linebackers coach Joey Porter insinuated a few days ago that rookie outside linebacker T.J. Watt will likely be the team’s starting right outside linebacker come the regular season opener, he’s still listed on the depth chart behind veteran James Harrison and that’s not overly surprising.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is expected to address the media on Friday to preview the team’s game against the Falcons and at that time he’ll likely let us know a few players who won’t play in that game.

  • WreckIess

    So is Shazier back? Did Sutton have a setback? Does any of this actually matter?

  • george

    Hopefully Conner gets a crap load of carries.

  • Jon Hartman

    we dont need shazier in this game. he needs to get healthy and get ready for cleveland game.

  • SteelersDepot

    I just think Shazier is listed again because he was listed in first one. Personally, I’m not expecting him to play Sunday. That’s one of many reasons why these preseason depth charts don’t really hold much value IMHO. Fun to look at, but hard to put much stock into.

  • Steelers12

    Ayers I’m a fan but it’s looking like practice squad for you my friend. I wonder how many carries will conner get

  • Sam Clonch

    Should we be worried about Pouncey? I know that he doesn’t really need reps, just hate to think of hidden injuries. Can’t forget being told last pre-season how Dupree had basically a bruise, then he misses most of the regular season!

  • Rocksolid20

    All Hamilton does is make big plays .Dodds would have looked real
    bad without him in the lineup .

  • PghDSF

    I see Big Dan is still listed as the backup NT even though Walton has been practicing as backup

  • nikgreene

    Yeah. I noticed that too. I wonder if these depth charts are put together by some intern and the more important information is the actual rotation during the game.

  • 6 ring circus

    I thought Matakevich was moving up the depth chart, not down.

  • PghDSF

    It’s probably just a body count at the position. Walton is already listed as backup to Heyward.

  • John Hinton

    I agree 100%

  • SteelersDepot

    Same spot as he was a week ago. Once again, don’t read too much into these things.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    All he does is make big plays is false. And it was disproved in the other thread. No. Just no.

  • Michael James

    It’s pretty clear that McCullers is on his way out (judging from all the reports). He’s been 3rd or 4th team NT, behind Hargrave, Walton and even Maxey. In the Giants game, he also saw only very few snaps.

  • H.K. northern cali

    Looking forward to week one. That’s the depth chart that really matters.

  • LucasY59

    after Bud ended up IR-R last yr, I decided I would never trust Tomlins injury updates again

  • LucasY59

    except there are multiple other WRs on the depth chart that make bigger plays…(AB, Bryant and pre injury Coates last yr)

  • SteelersGeek4Lyfe

    Everybody’s boy Mike Hilton at CB4! Good to see

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    That’s a nice wr depth chart!

  • Bobby hains

    Looks like we found a keeper!

  • Dewayne Braxton

    What has Bey done to become Bryant’s back up? Hasn’t Hunter showed a lot more in practice? Last I heard Bey isn’t even a lock to make the team.

  • Mr. Goodkat

    “Veteranosity”

  • Mr. Goodkat

    A. Isn’t he 5th? Behind Burns, Cockrell, Gay, and Sensabaugh?
    B. Who were you expecting him to be listed behind with Sutton out? Allen has more potential, but Hilton seems to be quite a bit ahead of him at this point…

  • Romel Roze

    Know the playbook better

  • ND_Steel

    Don’t care that he’s not in pre-season games, but would like to hear that he’s practicing, same for Pouncey and Mitchell. All vets that don’t need reps but some practice participation would be good.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    Last year when we needed a receiver to step up, Beys experience did not translate to production. Interestingly his production was not mentioned as reason for making Bryant’s back up. His special teams play has kept him on the team. This year a guy his age needs to do more. IMO he should be cut.

  • Romel Roze

    We are talking about his place on the depth chart this year. His knowledge of the offense has him in front of guys like Justin Hunter. Does that means he is better? No!

    Last year he played in front of Ayers and Hamilton, but behind Coates. He made plays in games when healthy, i.e., first Patriots game. But then he got injured, and that opened the door for Hamilton and Ayers. He is a mentor as well and a good special teams player. The Steelers will look at each players value in terms of how they make the team better and will keep the best WRS.

    My best guess is the Steelers will keep:

    1. AB
    2. MB
    3. Eli (main slot guy)
    4. Juju (red zone slot guy)
    5.Coates (vertical threat/o WR)
    6. Hunter (vertical threat/o WR)

    If a 7th WR is kept it will be between Hamilton and Bey. Ayers is hurt and not contributing and MB is practicing in the slot along with Juju and Eli, which makes Ayers more expendable.

    Hunter doesn’t play special teams to my knowledge, so that is a negative. He has to be that much better than Hamilton, Bey and Ayers to make the team.

    With Coates injury history and MB suspension history the Steelers need insurance in the vertical threat category. Ayers and Hamilton is not that but they play special teams which adds value. What’s needed more?