The Pittsburgh Steelers will play their 2019 preseason finale Thursday evening against the Carolina Panthers and come Saturday evening they will want to have their initial 53-man active roster set. Even though most of these 53-man roster spots are seemingly currently locked up barring injuries, a couple of of the remaining ones figure to nonetheless possibly be up for grabs getting into Thursday evening.
Most of you reading this post most likely currently have a final Steelers 53-man roster prediction in your head. I know I do and I strategy on posting mine as quickly as doable on Friday. If you are seeking for clues as to how the Steelers 53-man rosters for Week 1 have been structured in the previous below head coach Mike Tomlin, beneath is a rapid and dirty breakdown by year as to the total numbers the group has kept by position groups.
Under the chart are a couple of fascinating observations connected not only to the chart, but how they may apply to this year’s 53-man roster.
If you are one particular of the numerous rooting for outdoors linebacker Tuzar Skipper to be kept on the 53-man roster this year, you most likely want to hope that either fellow outdoors linebacker Anthony Chickillo gets reduce or traded or that rookie inside linebacker Ulysees Gilbert III is not kept on the 53. In all likelihood, the Steelers will hold just nine total linebackers once again this year with Chickillo, Tyler Matakevich and Gilbert becoming 3 of these primarily for unique teams factors. This of course assumes that outdoors linebacker Olasunkanmi Adeniyi will not want to be placed on the Reserve/Injured list immediately after the initial 53-man roster is set.
Guard Fred Johnson is a further player that numerous debate when it comes to him generating the Steelers 53-man roster this year. Even though the Steelers have kept just eight total offensive linemen in previous years below Tomlin, odds are fantastic that nine will be the quantity after once again this year. If you are hoping that Johnson will be reduce so that Skipper can be kept as a 10th linebacker, the Steelers have in no way had a Week 1 mixture of eight offensive linemen and ten linebackers in Week 1 below Tomlin.
When it comes to defensive lineman, the Steelers have in no way had significantly less than six of them on their Week 1 roster below Tomlin. Maintaining seven this year appears like rather a stretch so count on six becoming the quantity barring one thing like an injury taking spot Thursday evening.
Would the Steelers take into account maintaining 5 total operating backs and fullbacks? The only way one thing like that may come about this year is if rookie operating back Benny Snell Jr. is kept in addition to fellow operating back Trey Edmunds, who has extra worth on unique teams than he does as a operating back. In quick, the Steelers are most likely to decide on among Snell and Edmunds with the former possessing a likelihood to safe his roster spot Thursday evening with a fantastic all-about displaying.
When it comes to defensive backs, history has shown us that ten is most likely going to be the final quantity this year even although 11 have been surprising kept a year ago to open the season.
3 quarterbacks on the Steelers 53-man roster has been the normal for a lengthy, lengthy time now so if you are hoping that it will transform this year to open up a roster spot elsewhere, you are most likely wasting your time.
Below Tomlin, the Steelers have had unbalanced offensive/defensive numbers for Week 1 just 3 instances due to the fact 2007 and all 3 instances the defense had the greater count of 26 versus 24. In summation, if you assume the Steelers will be unbalanced this year, it is most likely to be with them carrying two extra defensive players than offensive players.
Injuries sustained in the Thursday evening preseason finale can of course wind up possessing a significant effect on the initial 53-man roster and specially if they are lengthy-term injuries but not season-enders to essential players. For players to be eligible to return later in the season immediately after becoming placed on the Reserve/Injured list, they mist very first by on the initial 53-man roster and then moved to IR ahead of the team’s Week 1 game.