Pittsburgh Steelers: Five Veterans In Danger of Being Cut
It's almost time for that dreaded part of the preseason, roster cuts. By September 4, all 32 NFL teams have to cut their rosters down to 53 players.
This preseason, several veterans have shown us that life without them will not be so bad. Whether it be due to lack of performance, age, or rookies who are exceeding expactions, they simply just don't have what it takes to be a Steeler anymore.
However, there are a certain five that I think are in the most danger of getting cut.
No.5 David Johnson (TE)
This may come as a bit of a surprise to some people, but David Johnson's job is not as secure as you might think.
If you don't already know, the Steelers are planning on keeping nine linebackers and six wide receivers this year. I think Antonio Brown will handle kickoffs and punts, but there's a good chance Tomlin decides to keep Stefan Logan.
If that does happen, cuts have to take place elsewhere. I picked tight end for two reasons.
The first is because since we have so much talent at wide receiver this year, we don't really need three tight ends. The second is because since we have a fullback and two other players capable of playing that position, we don't need an extra tight end to play fullback.
Obviously Heath Miller makes the roster, and Matt Spaeth is the only one truly capable of backing him up. Sean McHugh isn't going to make the roster whether we keep three tight ends or not.
So that leaves David Johnson as the odd man out. If we cut Logan, then Johnson stays on as the third tight end.
No.4 Flozell Adams (RT)
When Willie Colon went down for the season with a torn Achilles tendon, the Steelers signed former Dallas Cowboys left tackle Flozell Adams to take Colon's spot at right tackle.
So far he has been nothing but a major disappointment. In both preseason games he has played in, defensive ends and linebackers have repeatedly blown right past him on the edge.
To be fair to Adams, he has been playing left tackle for thirteen years and is now trying to make the adjustment to right tackle.
However, he has a little over two weeks left to get things together. If he can't, it's bye bye for him.
No.3 William Gay (CB)
There is no question that Gay was the worst defender on the team last year. So far this preseason, I haven't seen much improvement.
He hasn't been bad, but he hasn't exactly stood out either. For someone who knows he probably won't make the team this year, I expected Gay to be working a lot harder.
If he doesn't produce in the upcoming weeks, he can kiss his roster spot goodbye.
No.2 Stefan Logan (KR/PR)
There's only one player on this team who is in more danger of losing his job, but we'll get to him in a moment.
Logan had a pretty good year in 09 breaking the Steelers single season record for kickoff return yards. He never broke one for a touchdown, but came relatively close a couple times.
This year, Logan's spot isn't so secure as sixth round draft pick Antonio Brown is looking to take his spot returning kicks and punts.
Brown got his first chance on Saturday to return kicks and punts and looked better than Logan has all preseason.
Logan will have to work extremely hard in these next few weeks if he still wants to be in the black and gold come week one of the regular season.
No.1 Justin Hartwig (C)
No doubt Justin Hartwig is the most likely player to lose his job. He has never lived up to the great Steelers centers before him.
Rookie Maurkice Pouncey has been dominating training camp and the preseason and has out performed every lineman on the team, including Hartwig.
As of right now, I say there's a very slim chance Hartwig makes the roster. Pouncey has outperformed him in every aspect of the game and is the clear front runner to be the Steelers starting center.
Sorry Hartwig, but it's time for you to leave.