Quarterback: Ben Roethlisberger
This is obviously a no-brainer. Roethlisberger will be the team’s starter until he either retires or the team discards him. Neither situation is likely anytime soon as Roethlisberger is still in the early part of his prime. It will be interesting to see his performance in a new offensive system, but I think Todd Haley’s philosophy will be great for him and the young receivers.
Running Back: Isaac Redman
No, this isn’t an early-season thing. This is permanent in my mind. If the Steelers truly want to run the ball more and more effectively, they have two hurdles. First, they have to get a durable back. Redman is that. Second, they have to rebuild their offensive line. That’s a work in progress.
Redman can bulldoze through non-existent holes, so he makes more sense during this transition. I also think he’s a better all-around back than Mendenhall, who could find himself on the outside looking in either this year or after his contract expires.
Fullback: David Johnson
This gets a bit tricky because the team has to figure out how to handle the suspension to Weslye Saunders. If they cut him, Johnson could be in line for a move to second tight end. If they simply chalk this up to a one-time mishap, then Johnson probably stays at fullback/halfback.
Also, Todd Haley’s offensive scheme changes might play a role in what happens with the fullback position. If they shift to more of a running or balanced system, they might want to get a full-time, true fullback.
Third-Down Running Back: Baron Batch
This might be stretching it a bit, but I would put money on the team not bringing back Mewelde Moore. There are younger and more versatile options and not nearly enough spots for them. Batch is intriguing because he mixes great speed with receiving skills.
Not that the team needs another receiver, but you saw how Dexter McCluster played a role in Kansas City’s offense under Haley. That could be where Batch fits in now. He’s not McCluster, but he’s got the same basic skill set and could develop if he comes back healthy.