Though it is exciting to know that the regular season is only about a month away, some players won’t be as excited when that time comes around.
It is still very early to really doom any player on the roster, which is why I will start by saying that this article is about right now. Any one of these players could end up making the roster, but at this point they haven’t shown enough to really earn that spot.
I really feel that Baron Batch could be a successful role player for an NFL team in the same mold as a guy like Mewelde Moore.
The problem with Batch is the fact that the Steelers just don’t have room on the roster to keep him right now.
Le’Veon Bell will probably be the starter, Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman are the backups, while LaRod Stephens-Howling is the third-down guy.
The only thing that could save Batch in my opinion is if the team decides to cut either Dwyer or Redman.
It is still up in the air on whether or not the Steelers will keep eight or nine offensive linemen, and, either way, Mike Golic Jr. could be headed to the practice squad.
Golic Jr. has gotten a lot of hype because of his name, but according to the team’s first depth chart from Steelers.com, the undrafted rookie has work to do to move up the ladder.
The depth chart has Golic Jr. as the third left guard behind starter Ramon Foster and then Justin Cheadle.
I am rooting for Golic Jr. to make the team, but right now I see the final nine being Mike Adams, Marcus Gilbert, David DeCastro, Maurkice Pouncey, Ramon Foster, Kelvin Beachum, Justin Cheadle, Guy Whimper, John Malecki.
I could have very easily put Chris Carter in this spot, however, right now Carter is listed ahead of Robinson on the team’s depth chart.
Robinson has also dealt with an injury early in camp, according to Dave Bryan of Steelersdepot.com, and hasn’t done anything to stand out to this point.
Last season Robinson showed his potential in the preseason, and he could very well do the same thing this year.
Right now I have him on the bubble because, though Robinson is the better pass-rusher, Carter is the better all-around player and can play special teams.
The Steelers surprised most of us by taking Landry Jones in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL draft, and at this point I don’t see him making the roster.
Editor of Steelers Digest Bob Labrioli told Steelers Live (via Steelersdepot.com) that John Parker Wilson was having as good a camp as you can possibly have, and in that same article, Matthew Marczi threw out the idea that the team could try and stash Jones on the practice squad.
Could the team try and risk another team claiming Jones?
I’m not entirely sold on that yet, but if things stand where they are now, the team will have no choice but to keep Parker Wilson over Jones.
I loved the pick by the Steelers to grab Vince Williams in the draft, and I am honestly hoping I am wrong here and he makes the team.
I really think Williams could become a solid starter and a steal from the draft if given the opportunity to develop.
Right now it’s a numbers game for the rookie though, as it seems both Marshall McFadden and Stevenson Sylvester are ahead of him via the team’s initial depth chart.
Williams is one of the players I am most looking forward to seeing in the preseason, and I’m hoping he is able to prove he has the potential to be a three-down linebacker.