Grading the Pittsburgh Steelers' Final 53-Man Roster

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Grading the Pittsburgh Steelers' Final 53-Man Roster
Gene Puskar/Associated Press

Chuck Noll once said, “Everyone’s job is important, but no one is indispensable.” Twenty-two players learned this as the Pittsburgh Steelers finalized their first 53-man roster of the 2014 season.

While there were no earth-shattering moves, it was mildly surprising that veterans Chris Carter and Guy Whimper did not make the cut. This leaves the Steelers thin and inexperienced at two important positions.

Inexperience will be a theme for Pittsburgh this year as six of the nine draft choices made the team. Fifth-round choice Shaquille Richardson and seventh-round choice Rob Blanchflower were released and signed to the practice squad, while Jordan Zumwalt was placed on the reserve/injured list, per Steelers.com.

Besides the specific players kept and released, Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert made some interesting decisions when it came to personnel groupings. They decided to keep six wide receivers and 11 defensive backs, making these two of the deepest areas of the roster. By comparison, they will only carry four running backs and three tight ends.

Although the roster is far from “final,” the Steelers have a roster that they believe is ready to compete Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns. Here is an evaluation of what Colbert and Tomlin have assembled for the start of the season.

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