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Steelers Final 53-man Roster Prediction

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Now that the Pittsburgh Steelers have completed four preseason games, we have as good of an idea as ever before as to who is going to make the 53-man roster. There is still a little jockeying going on, and as we have seen from Joe Haden and Vance McDonald, this time will make moves to improve their roster after cuts.

However, based on what we know now, what should the Steelers 53-man roster look like as they head north to take on the New England Patriots in Week 1?

QUARTERBACK (3):

Ben Roethlisberger, Mason Rudolph, Josh Dobbs

Mason Rudolph beat out Dobbs, who surprisingly had to stave off Devlin Hodges all preseason.

RUNNING BACK (4):

James Conner, Jaylen Samuels, Benny Snell, Rosevelt Nix 

Trey Edmunds is likely to find himself on the practice squad, although Benny Snell has not impressed this preseason.

WIDE RECIEVER (6):

JuJu Smith-Schuster, Donte Moncrief, Ryan Switzer, James Washington, Diontae Johnson, Eli Rogers 

Is Eli Rogers a trade chip? Could that spring Johnny Holton onto the roster? His performance in Week 4 has him firmly over Diontae Spencer as the top bubble wide receiver.

TIGHT END (3):

Vance McDonald, Xavier Grimble, Zach Gentry

If there is any position this team adds a player from outside the organization, it is tight end.

OFFENSIVE LINE (8):

Alejandro Villanueva, Matt Feiler, Ramon Foster, David DeCastro, Maurkice Pouncey, B.J. Finney, Chukwuma Okorafor, Zach Banner

Leaving Fred Johnson off of the 53-man roster was one of the hardest decisions. He is a practice squad lock after a strong preseason, though.

DEFENSIVE LINE (6):

Cam Heyward, Stephon Tuitt, Javon Hargrave, Tyson Alualu, Dan McCullers, Isaiah Buggs

This group has been set in stone from the draft through now.

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER (5):

T.J. Watt, Bud Dupree, Anthony Chikillo, Ola Adenyi, Tuzar Skipper 

Skipper saw special teams work and added a few more key plays in an effort that should have ensured his roster spot, while Chickillo continues to be bothered by a chest injury.

Sutton Smith got back in the past two games, and is right on the edge, but can find his way to the practice squad.

INSIDE LINEBACKER (5):

Devin Bush, Mark Barron, Vince Williams, Tyler Matakevich, Ulysees Gilbert

Gilbert has been as impressive as any rookie not named Devin Bush. He has turned himself into a lock with game-changing plays on defense and special teams.

CORNERBACK (6):

Joe Haden, Steven Nelson, Mike Hilton, Cam Sutton, Artie Burns, Justin Layne

Justin Layne has been up and down all preseason. With this depth, he ensured a redshirt season.

SAFETY (4):

Sean Davis, Terrell Edmunds, Kam Kelly, Jordan Dangerfield

Marcus Allen has been the disappointment of the offseason. Expect him to find a role on the practice squad as he eyes Dangerfield for the last safety spot.

SPECIALISTS (3):

Chris Boswell, Jordan Berry, Kameron Canaday 

As much as Boswell won the teams kicking competition, Matthew Wright did a good job losing the competition.

Steelers Now analyst. IUP Alum. Pittsburgh native. Steelers and Pirates critic, Penguins homer. Covers NFL. Follows NFL, NCAAB, NBA, MLB, and NHL. Writes about the Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers, and other relevant NFL news.

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