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Locked On Steelers: Toughest Cuts, Are 2023 ILBs Better?



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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Elandon Roberts in a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills, Aug. 19, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

The new Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker room has drawn rave reviews through training camp and the preseason, but will Kwon Alexander, Elandon Roberts and Cole Holcomb prove to be an upgrade on previous versions of that unit when the games go live in September?

Alan Saunders of Steelers Now joined the Locked On Steelers podcast with Chris Carter to to talk about the Steelers linebacker position, the positives of the way that unit has come together, what they might be better at in 2023 compared to 2022, and where the potential pitfalls lie.

Also, it’s time for the final Steelers 53-man roster projection. Who will make the offensive line after the Kevin Dotson trade? Which defensive linemen will be cut? Will the Steelers keep five or six wide receivers? All those answers and more.

Alan’s Steelers 53-man roster projection:

Kenny Pickett, Mitch Trubisky, Mason Rudolph
Najee Harris, Jaylen Warren, Anthony McFarland
Pat Freiermuth, Zach Gentry, Darnell Washington, Connor Heyward
Diontae Johnson, George Pickens, Allen Robinson II, Calvin Austin III, Gunner Olszewski, Miles Boykin
Dan Moore Jr., Chuks Okorafor, Broderick Jones
Isaac Seumalo, James Daniels, Nate Herbig
Mason Cole, Spencer Anderson

Montravius Adams, Keeanu Benton, Breiden Fehoko
Cam Heyward, Larry Ogunjobi, Isaiahh Loudermilk, DeMarvin Leal, Armon Watts
T.J. Watt, Alex Highsmith, Markus Golden, Nick Herbig
Cole Holcomb, Elandon Roberts, Kwon Alexander, Mark Robinson
Patrick Peterson, Levi Wallace, Joey Porter Jr., James Pierre
Chandon Sullivan, Elijah Riley
Minkah Fitzpatrick, Damontae Kazee, Keanu Neal, Miles Killebrew

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