10 Pittsburgh Steelers Camp Results That Would Be a Surprise
The Pittsburgh Steelers have started their second OTA session this week and it is just another chance for young players to make a name for themselves.
We have all made our early predictions on how we think the final roster is going to look, but there is always a move that we don’t see coming.
Here are 10 camp results that could happen and would definitely be a surprise if they did.
Jason Worilds Cut
Jason Worilds was drafted by the Steelers in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft and is slotted to be the primary backup to James Harrison this season.
This is more a move that would surprise most everyone else, but I have thought that Worilds would have to really impress this camp to keep his job since the season ended.
Worilds did not do much in his time last season and he has had a hard time staying healthy in his two years.
Will Johnson Cut
I actually had Will Johnson being cut in my pre-camp roster prediction, but I have to admit, I am rooting for him to win the job.
At this point, I haven’t seen anyone who thinks that David Johnson is going to beat out Will Johnson for a roster spot in camp and I would caution everyone to remember that Frank Summers once beat Isaac Redman for a roster spot for no reason one year.
There really doesn’t seem to be a reason why Will should have a problem beating David. However, stranger things have happened and the Steelers may try to stick him on the practice squad.
Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch Both Cut
The Steelers are obviously set with Ben Roethlisberger as their starting quarterback, but the spots behind him are definitely in question.
I think both Leftwich and Batch will make the team, but the former has had injury problems and Batch isn’t getting any younger.
The team could elect to go for a couple of younger quarterbacks with Troy Smith as the second QB and Jerrod Johnson as the third.
Jonathan Dwyer Cut
I thought Jonathan Dwyer was a great pick by the Steelers in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL draft and I am a big fan of his. However, he hasn’t really done much at all since being drafted.
Dwyer has a ton of potential, but there has been talk about his commitment and if Baron Batch didn’t get hurt last season, he probably would not have even made the roster.
Right now, Dwyer is the primary backup to Isaac Redman with Rashard Mendenhall hurt, but that doesn’t mean that all he has to do is show up and the job is his.
Jonathan Scott Keeps a Spot
Jonathan Scott did a very good job stepping in for the Steelers when they faced the Packers in the Super Bowl. Then, it seemed like he just forgot how to play.
Last season, the Steelers had Scott as the starting LT and he was so terrible that they were forced to re-sign Max Starks after Week 4.
Scott has a bigger contract and doesn’t block, so I would really be surprised to see him make the roster after camp.
Mike Adams Doesn't Start Day One
When the Steelers drafted Mike Adams in the second round of this year’s draft, it was thought that he would have the chance to sit and learn for a year before contributing on the offensive line.
Marcus Gilbert was supposed to be the LT going forward and now it would be a surprise if Adams wasn’t the starting LT in Week 1.
Even if Gilbert wins the LT job, it would really be an upset if Adams wasn’t able to at least beat out Trai Essex or Jonathan Scott at RT.
Chris Carter Cut in Favor of an Undrafted Rookie
Chris Carter was forced to play last season as a rookie because of all the injuries the Steelers suffered at the OLB position and he actually impressed me more than Jason Worilds.
Carter still needs to develop into a better all-around player though, and as stated earlier, it would be a surprise if Worilds was cut.
Brandon Lindsey and Adrian Robinson are interesting undrafted free agents and I would be surprised if one of them beat out Carter for a spot.
Will Allen Cut
Let me first say that I think Will Allen should be cut and I am hoping that he will be cut, but I have a feeling that he may make the final roster.
I really hope that I am wrong with this one, but with Ryan Clark not able to play in Week 1 against Denver, the team is probably going to keep an extra safety going into the season.
Allen doesn’t really do anything for the team other than play special teams and with his contract, I’d rather have Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith or Myron Rolle.
Alameda Ta'amu Starting Week 1
The Steelers got a steal when they got Alameda Ta’amu in the fourth round of this year’s draft. He is the future at the NT position.
There is a possibility that Ta’amu will need to play more than the Steelers would like him to in his rookie year because of the injury to Casey Hampton.
There has been a lot of buzz about Steve McLendon lately, and even if Hampton cannot go Week 1, McLendon would start over Ta’amu in my opinion.
All 9 2012 Draft Picks Make the Team
I actually think there is a good shot that at least seven of the nine draft picks will easily make the roster, with two having major hills to climb.
Obviously, the first four picks (David DeCastro, Mike Adams, Sean Spence and Alameda Ta’amu) are complete locks, and you can throw Chris Rainey, Toney Clemons and Terrance Frederick as almost locks.
With the lack of depth at the tackle position, I think Kelvin Beachum now has a really good chance at making the roster and that leaves David Paulson, who could sneak onto the roster as an extra TE with Weslye Saunders suspended for the first four games of the season.
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