Friday, August 31, 2007

Final 53 Man Roster

One man’s take on the final 53-man roster. It’s a little tougher than previous years because of the new coaching regime. Everyone is fair game this time. Comments are included in various spots. Remember, this is what I think will happen, not what I want.

OFFENSE (25):

QB (3): Ben Roethlisberger, Charlie Batch, Brian St. Pierre

St. Pierre is necessary due to Ben and Batch’s previous injury history. St. Pierre could also be placed on the practice squad, which I wouldn't be opposed to, but I think they'll keep him on the roster.

RB/FB (5): Willie Parker, Najeh Davenport, Gary Russell, Dan Krieder, Carey Davis

Haynes ran hard last night, and I almost contemplated 6 backs on the roster. My feeling is that the Steelers were doing Haynes a favor and trying to showcase him to other teams. Still, I’d love to have him… I’d much rather have him than Carey Davis, who for some reason is getting a lot of love from Steeler fans. I just don’t see much that Davis has to offer this team, but I have a feeling he has this roster made because of his work on special teams.

WR (5): Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes, Nate Washington, Cedrick Wilson, Willie Reid

TE (3): Heath Miller, Matt Spaeth, Jerame Tuman

OT (4): Marvel Smith, Willie Colon, Max Starks, Trai Essex

I would much rather keep Capizzi instead of Essex. Essex is trash. But I get the feeling that the coaching staff wants to try and sneak Capizzi onto the practice squad. I hope I’m wrong on Essex, and he doesn’t make the roster.

OG (3): Alan Faneca, Kendall Simmons, Chris Kemoeatu

C (2): Sean Mahan, Chukky Okobi

DEFENSE (25):

DE (5): Aaron Smith, Brett Keisel, Travis Kirschke, Ryan McBean, Nick Eason

Depth is sorely lacking here. One name to keep an eye on: Kimo Von Oelhoffen. It’s being rumored that he might not make the Jets final roster, and I’d welcome him back with open arms. He’d be a much better rotational player than Eason or McBean.

DT (2): Casey Hampton, Chris Hoke

LB (8): James Harrison, James Farrior, Larry Foote, Clark Haggans, LaMarr Woodley, Lawrence Timmons, Arnold Harrison, Clint Kriewaldt

CB (6): Ike Taylor, Deshea Townsend, Bryant McFadden, Ricardo Colclough, William Gay, Chidi Iuwoma

If they do keep 6 CB's, it comes down to Iuwoma vs. Madison. I think Iuwoma gets the edge due to his special teams prowess.

S (4): Troy Polamalu, Anthony Smith, Ryan Clark, Tyrone Carter

SPECIAL TEAMS (3): Jeff Reed, Daniel Sepulveda, Greg Warren

End of Post

5 comments:

Matt said...
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Matt said...

St. Pierre is no longer eligible to be on the practice squad.

Sam said...

Yeah, I thought that too until I saw this story in the PG today:

Steelers Notebook

Its the third item down.

lucky7 said...

I think Haynes makes the team, just based off experience. He's also shown his leg his fine and his leg was the only area of concern.

Dave Wannstache said...

The more I think about it, I don't see the reason for keeping Haynes.

If you have 5 RB's, one will get deactivated on gameday. It's not gonna be Parker or Davenport, and most likely not Krieder. Davis would probably get activated for special teams. Now, why carry Haynes if he's going to be deactivated most games. Why not keep Russell, and continue to let him learn the playbook and develop?