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costanza2k1
08-18-2008, 04:39 PM
Monday, August 18, 2008
My 53-man roster
NFL teams have another 10 days or so before they have to get down to their 53-man roster, but with training camp finished, Iím ready to trim the Steelersí roster now. Hereís what Iím coming up with.

QBs: (3) Ben Roethlisberger, Byron Leftwich, Dennis Dixon. The Steelers will wait as long as they can before releasing Charlie Batch, but it will probably happen.

RBs: (5) Willie Parker, Rashard Mendenhall, Mewelde Moore, Carey Davis and Gary Russell. This is pretty much a no-brainer position.

WR: (5) Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes, Nate Washington, Limas Sweed and Dallas Baker. It was once assumed Eddie Drummond would make this team and he still could. Baker is clearly on the bubble and needs to show something on special teams or Drummond could send him to the practice squad.

TE:: (3) Heath Miller, Matt Speath and Cody Boyd. This is a tough call because all of the guys vying for the third spot have been banged up with the exception of Lee Vickers, who was only signed Saturday. Vickers could beat Boyd out, particuarly if Boyd is unable to play Saturday at Minnesota with a lingering shoulder problem.

OL: (10) Marvel Smith, Chris Kemoeatu, Justin Hartwig, Kendall Simmons, Willie Colon, Max Starks, Trai Essex, Sean Mahan, Darnell Stapleton, Tony Hills. Hills is the only tough call here. He doesnít deserve to make the roster based on play, but the team has to have an eye on the future.

DL: (6) Aaron Smith, Casey Hampton, Brett Keisel, Travis Kirschke, Chris Hoke, Orpheus Roye. This assumes Roye has anything left in the tank. And Nick Eason could actually beat out Kirschke, though I doubt it. Scott Paxson has one more year on the practice squad.

LB: (9) James Harrison, James Farrior, Larry Foote, LaMarr Woodley, Lawrence Timmons, Keyaron Fox, Arnold Harrison, Mike Humpal and Bruce Davis. Humpal has been banged up a lot and Davis makes the team because of his draft status. Itís a tough call between Harrison, Andre Frazier and Donovan Woods for what will be a special teams position. Woods could open some eyes Saturday.

DB: (9) Ike Taylor, Ryan Clark, Troy Polamalu, Deshea Townsend, Bryant McFadden, Anthony Smith, William Gay, Ryan Mundy and Roy Lewis. Tyrone Carter spent all of training camp at strong safety with Polamalu out, but he is just so limited because of his lack of size. Lewis bumps Anthony Madison and Travis Davis because he can also play safety.

Specialists: (3) Jeff Reed, Mitch Berger, Greg Warren. Berger beats out Paul Ernster, but the team could still sign somebody else to punt depending on whoís released in the next two weeks.
Posted by Dale Lolley at 4:02 PM

buckeyehoppy
08-18-2008, 05:45 PM
There's not much here to disagree with. I would be elated if Lewis made it in the DB. The guy has shown that he can play in this league and would add to the list of UDFA success stories that the Steelers have had the past few years.

Hills is in a somewhat unique position because I feel like he is being groomed to be the heir apparent to the LT position. He is also working his way through some pretty severe issues with his knee and he is at a position that needs some youth and will need more soon if the Steelers can't reach an accord with Smith and Kemo.

Oviedo
08-18-2008, 07:42 PM
I'd definitely take that 53. Only thing in the air in my mind is whether we can get another DL off the waiver wire. I hope so.

AkronSteel
08-18-2008, 07:47 PM
Monday, August 18, 2008
My 53-man roster
NFL teams have another 10 days or so before they have to get down to their 53-man roster, but with training camp finished, Iím ready to trim the Steelersí roster now. Hereís what Iím coming up with.

QBs: (3) Ben Roethlisberger, Byron Leftwich, Dennis Dixon. The Steelers will wait as long as they can before releasing Charlie Batch, but it will probably happen.

RBs: (5) Willie Parker, Rashard Mendenhall, Mewelde Moore, Carey Davis and Gary Russell. This is pretty much a no-brainer position.

WR: (5) Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes, Nate Washington, Limas Sweed and Dallas Baker. It was once assumed Eddie Drummond would make this team and he still could. Baker is clearly on the bubble and needs to show something on special teams or Drummond could send him to the practice squad.

TE:: (3) Heath Miller, Matt Speath and Cody Boyd. This is a tough call because all of the guys vying for the third spot have been banged up with the exception of Lee Vickers, who was only signed Saturday. Vickers could beat Boyd out, particuarly if Boyd is unable to play Saturday at Minnesota with a lingering shoulder problem.

OL: (10) Marvel Smith, Chris Kemoeatu, Justin Hartwig, Kendall Simmons, Willie Colon, Max Starks, Trai Essex, Sean Mahan, Darnell Stapleton, Tony Hills. Hills is the only tough call here. He doesnít deserve to make the roster based on play, but the team has to have an eye on the future.

DL: (6) Aaron Smith, Casey Hampton, Brett Keisel, Travis Kirschke, Chris Hoke, Orpheus Roye. This assumes Roye has anything left in the tank. And Nick Eason could actually beat out Kirschke, though I doubt it. Scott Paxson has one more year on the practice squad.

LB: (9) James Harrison, James Farrior, Larry Foote, LaMarr Woodley, Lawrence Timmons, Keyaron Fox, Arnold Harrison, Mike Humpal and Bruce Davis. Humpal has been banged up a lot and Davis makes the team because of his draft status. Itís a tough call between Harrison, Andre Frazier and Donovan Woods for what will be a special teams position. Woods could open some eyes Saturday.

DB: (9) Ike Taylor, Ryan Clark, Troy Polamalu, Deshea Townsend, Bryant McFadden, Anthony Smith, William Gay, Ryan Mundy and Roy Lewis. Tyrone Carter spent all of training camp at strong safety with Polamalu out, but he is just so limited because of his lack of size. Lewis bumps Anthony Madison and Travis Davis because he can also play safety.

Specialists: (3) Jeff Reed, Mitch Berger, Greg Warren. Berger beats out Paul Ernster, but the team could still sign somebody else to punt depending on whoís released in the next two weeks.
Posted by Dale Lolley at 4:02 PM

If the roster shakes out like this I will be so happy.

No Ty Carter, no Nick Eason, no 4 qb's, now that would be a good day!

The only thing that I see differently than Dale is that I like Vickers for that 3rd TE spot, but he mentioned it.

I like the selection of Lewis, I think the kid can play in this league so that would be a good keep. I would like to maybe see another DL kept on the roster, but the team always carries 6 anyway. It's just a personal preference for me!

:tt1

BIG FAN
08-19-2008, 03:19 AM
I'd definitely take that 53. Only thing in the air in my mind is whether we can get another DL off the waiver wire. I hope so.
Once again, my friend another for the D-line. Your word to who's ear?

costanza2k1
08-19-2008, 06:42 PM
Follow up to his roster:


Tuesday, August 19, 2008
OK, forget Humpal
Linebacker Mike Humpal did not practice again today as the Steelers held their first workouts at their training facility after breaking camp and head coach Mike Tomlin has already pretty much ruled the sixth-round draft pick out for Saturday's game at Minnesota.

I had Humpal on my 53-man roster I did Monday, but as Chuck Noll used to say, "you can't make the club in the tub."

Take Humpal off that roster and put Tyrone Carter back on, though linebacker Donovan Woods could make a strong case for himself this weekend.

© In case you missed it, former Steelers' punter Josh Miller was released by Tennessee Tuesday.

Miller, however, is 38.
Posted by Dale Lolley at 6:08 PM

SMASHMOUTHFOOTBALL
08-20-2008, 12:24 AM
Who's are Kickoff and punt return guys if this is the top 53>?

buckeyehoppy
08-20-2008, 07:49 PM
That's a bummer about Humpal. He is a real gamer, but he picked a lousy time to get hurt. I hope Woods can continue his progress and earn a spot ahead of Ty Carter. Carter just doesn't seem to have it and I can't imagine the Steelers having a lot more patience with this guy.

If they aren't satisfied with the punters they brought in, bringing in Miller might not be a bad thing. But the hour is getting late and the roster will be set by the end of next week. Perhaps he is a late add who may not be worth the look.

phillyesq
08-20-2008, 09:44 PM
That is unfortunate about Humpal. I was hoping that all of the picks would make the team this year.

I'm just hoping that Tony Hills doesn't follow in the recent tradition of Steelers fourth round picks not making the team.

NKySteeler
08-20-2008, 10:51 PM
I think Josh Miller was released by Tenn yesterday.....

Slapstick
08-21-2008, 05:44 PM
I just get the feeling that McBean should be held onto for one more season...

AkronSteel
08-21-2008, 06:04 PM
I just get the feeling that McBean should be held onto for one more season...

What makes you feel that way? I personally have seen nothing from the guy in the two years that he has been here. The only remotely positive thing that he has shown to me was his hustle in the Philly game when he got down field to tackle a WR after a short completion. If we can store the guy on the PS then I'm fine with that, but he doesn't deserve a spot on the 53 man roster.

:2c