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Oviedo
08-26-2008, 08:04 AM
On Offense:

QBs: Seems set in stone, but as a curve ball was Dixon getting set up for IR by not playing in the last game. Go with two QBs until Charlie comes back?
Ben
Leftwich
Dixon

WRs: Maybe the best we have had in a long time. Don't be surprised if Sweed is inactive on game day early in the season and Reid plays.
Holmes
Ward
Washington
Sweed
Reid

TE: I think they keep Boyd. They liked him enough to bring him back and he is apparently the best blocker.
Miller
Spaeth
Boyd

RB: Deepest position on the team. Curveball would be Latsko over Davis.
Parker
Mendenhall
Russell
Moore
Davis

OL: Area of concern and I think the starting 5 will change by mid season. My bold prediction: Simmons may play his way to the bench and Colon goes inside to his spot and Starks to RT. I think thats how they should have gone from Day 1.
Smith
Kemo
Hartwig
Simmons
Colon
Starks
Hills
Mahan
Essex
Stapleton

Now on defense:

DL: Please God keep them safe and healthy! Kirschke may be on the bubble if they can get someone off the waivers.
A. Smith
Hampton
Keisel
Hoke
Kirschke
Roye

LBs: Position of strength after excellent one year rebuild by FO.
J. Harrison
Timmons
Farrior
Woodley
Foote
Davis
Fox
A Harrison

Safety: Hate to see Carter here, but he probably won a roster spot against the Vikings. If Munday had not got hurt Carter wouldn't be here. The problem is you have three Strong Safeties and one Free Safety. I guess Toensend is the backup Free Safety.
Polamalu
Carter
Smith
Clark

CBs: I think the young guys, Lewis and Williams, have shown enough to stay.
Townsend
Taylor
McFadden
Roy Lewis
Travis Williams
Gay

Special Teams:
P= Ernster
K= Reed
LS= Warren



Practice Squad: Humpal, Mundy, McBean, Latsko, Legursky, Lentz, Paxson + One DL from the waiver. IMO Humpal and Mundy would have made the 53 if not for injuries.

frankthetank1
08-26-2008, 08:08 AM
seems about right. i think sweed will be active for every game though. i could definetly see simmons on the bench by mid season. i also agree that they keep boyd, he is a good blocker. i think eason will make the team, he has actually played well this preseason even though he was god awful last year.

JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
08-26-2008, 09:25 AM
QBs:
Roethlisberger
Leftwich
Dixon
(Batch to PUP or released. Even if he goes to the PUP I feel they will stay with Leftwich when Batch's deadline hits. Knowing the Steelers, they are talking with him right now. For Batch's sake, they are probably telling him what will happen and are giving him an opportunity to find another team and learn the offense before it is time for him to return. Leftwich & Dixon have played well enough for the Steelers to consider moving on without Batch.)

WRs:
Holmes
Ward
Washington
Sweed
Reid
(They will try to hide Baker on the practice squad with Rucker. Drummond might still be in the mix as a KR/PR if he has a good showing against Carolina. I expect Drummond, Reid, & Williams to see allot of KR/PR come Thursday.)

TE:
Miller
Spaeth
Boyd
(Depending if they keep Drummond or not could influence this roster spot. If the Steelers keep 5 WRs, I expect them to carry 3 TEs. If they carry 6 WRs(Drummond), I feel Miller & Spaeth will be the only 2 they keep. Boyd might be headed to the PS if his health is an issue & Vickers might be the 3rd TE.)

RB:
Parker
Mendenhall
Russell
Moore
Davis
(Russell should make his case against Carolina. Hasn't seen the field much with Mendenhall in camp. Still to much raw talent in Russell to not keep him around, In my opinion!)

OL:
Smith
Kemo
Hartwig
Simmons
Colon
Starks
Hills
Mahan
Essex
Stapleton
(Capazzi injury hurts. I think he would have moved Hills to the PS to develop. Might see a new face here if an OL gets released because of a salary cap move. they will only bring a guy in if he could push for a starting spot.)

DL:
A. Smith
Hampton
Keisel
Hoke
Kirschke
Roye
(Starters are solid and I only think Hoke's job is secure on the second team. I wouldn't be surprised with 1 or 2 new additions depending on who hits the waiver wire. Biggest area of concern on the team. Depth is needed and Keisel could be upgraded. I would think at least 1 new DE is a definite...Most likely Kirschke's spot!)

LBs:
J Harrison
Timmons
Farrior
Woodley
Foote
Davis
Fox
A Harrison
(I think you are right about Humpal. If he was healthy, he would have made the 53. Should be able to hide Humpal on the PS)

Safety:
Polamalu
Carter
Smith
Clark
(Again, exactly right about Mundy vs Carter. But Carter will be looking over his shoulder. When Mundy is healthy, he might come of the PS to replace Carter. If Carter gets hurt, he looses his spot.)

CBs:
Townsend
Taylor
McFadden
Roy Lewis
Travis Williams
Gay
(You might be right here too. I wouldn't be surprised to see a new face here. Depending on what the guy would sign for. Maybe a guy like David #5 if NO release him. Possibly "Batman" Carroll a shot as the #5. It looks like he got his life turned around and is doing a decent job on kick returns. Don't know if the Jets could make room for him or not. Just 2 names I threw out but who knows who will be on the market.)

Special Teams:
P= Ernster
K= Reed
LS= Warren


Practice Squad: Baker, Rucker, Humpal, Mundy, McBean, Paxson, & 2 OL off of waivers. I think the European player is on the PS with an exemption too.

For the most part, I agree with your 53. I wouldn't be surprised to see someone added to the 53 (For the right price) at DL, OL, KR/PR, or CB...In that order. This last game is extremely important in the ST department. Some guys might not make it if they don't produce. Lewis & Williams have to perform well as the gunner to move Madison off the roster. Williams could make a case if he gets some PRs in. I count 39 spots locked up...Only 14 open.

Ghost
08-26-2008, 01:28 PM
Boyd was released today so we can stop picking him as the 3rd TE to make the team!

Oviedo
08-26-2008, 01:30 PM
Boyd was released today so we can stop picking him as the 3rd TE to make the team!

Darn. Got to believe they will be looking on waiver wire. I don't think Vickers is the answer. The return of Mark Bruner :shock:

frankthetank1
08-26-2008, 01:37 PM
Boyd was released today so we can stop picking him as the 3rd TE to make the team!

Darn. Got to believe they will be looking on waiver wire. I don't think Vickers is the answer. The return of Mark Bruner :shock:

i cant believe mark bruner is still around, thats amazing

Oviedo
08-26-2008, 02:04 PM
Boyd was released today so we can stop picking him as the 3rd TE to make the team!

Darn. Got to believe they will be looking on waiver wire. I don't think Vickers is the answer. The return of Mark Bruner :shock:

i cant believe mark bruner is still around, thats amazing

Still with the Houston Texans. Thiry-five and still going strong.

JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
08-26-2008, 03:52 PM
Boyd was released today so we can stop picking him as the 3rd TE to make the team!
Like I said...Health is an issue!

papillon
08-26-2008, 03:58 PM
Maybe, they will keep two tight ends and an extra WR and use a tackle for the jumbo packages.

Pappy

Oviedo
08-26-2008, 03:58 PM
Boyd was released today so we can stop picking him as the 3rd TE to make the team!
Like I said...Health is an issue!

Hopefully we resign Boyd to the PS.