There are many roster possibilities with the 2010 offensive line.
Pittsburgh usually keeps nine o-linemen on the roster. Seven dress for games.
The left side appears to be set with tackle Max Starks and guard Chris Kemoeatu. Of course, newly drafted center Maurkice Pouncey will also be on the roster, possibly playing at right guard in his first year.
Right guard Trai Essex will more than likely make the roster. He is also the back up at left tackle. With Pouncey in the RG rotation this year. Would the Steelers really cut Essex? It has to be considered. Especialy since the Steelers drafted RG/RT Kraig Urbik with their second pick in the 2009 draft one year ago. Or if a player steps up this year who could be the back up the left tackle while playing at right guard?
Essex could be on that bubble.
Right tackle Willie Colon maybe? The Steelers offered Colon a one year contract this year. Both Colon's and Essex's contracts end in 2011.
And the right side seems to be an area the Steelers are targeting to improve their offensive line.
During OTA's Tony Hills has been used some with the first team offense at right tackle.
I am sure there will be others tried out at right tackle during the pre-season.
Possibly second year player left guard Ramon Foster, who was a tackle in college, may get a try at right tackle. Chris Scott G/T the team's fifth round pick and a tackle in college, and free agent pick up RT/LT Jonathan Scott will also compete for a spot. Maybe even rookie LT Kyle Jolley.I think the best any of the rookies can hope for is a spot on the practice squad.The way I see it T Tony Hills or RG/T Essex better have a really good training camp to avoid being on a roster bubble.
During the 2009 season Pittsburgh had eight (counting the center) o-linemen on the 53 man roster at the beginning of the season.
Center Doug Legursky was then put on the roster from the practice squad during mid season when Kemoeatu was injured for four games which made nine.
Legurskey was listed as a back up guard and played a few downs at the FB position in 2009.
Now with the first round pick Pouncey there is ten. At least one player from that list of nine offensive line players will have to be cut. Maybe two?
Most likely players to be on the bubble are LT Tony Hills , RG Essex , or one of the two centers from 2009.. If last years two rookie O. line men LG Foster and RG Kraig Urbik keep improving. It is unlikely the Steelers would cut one of them.
If Legursky can be put back on the practice squad and Pouncey does not start at center then C. Justin Hartwig's spot on the roster could be safe for one more year.
Would Legurskey or Hartwig be riding one of those bubbles if Legurskey can't be put back on the practice squad?
Hartwig has been a good center,he just will never be as good as the Steelers need him to be.