Friday, August 29, 2008

Final 53-man Roster Projection


Brief interruption from Pat: Steelers fans rule. Carry on.

Had to put this up tonight because I anticipate them making some cuts tomorrow. Comments are included where I deem them necessary. Feel free to add your 53 in the comments. Here we go:

OFFENSE (26)

QB (3): Ben Roethlisberger, Byron Leftwich, Dennis Dixon

Leftwich gets the nod over Charlie due to age. Dixon has proven his worth and at this point there is no chance he gets through waivers.

RB/FB (5): Willie Parker, Rashard Mendenhall, Mewelde Moore, Gary Russell, Carey Davis

WR (5): Santonio Holmes, Hines Ward, Nate Washington, Limas Sweed, Willie Reid

Reid has solidified his spot on the roster. He may be the #4 guy on gamedays. Baker and/or Rucker to the practice squad.

TE (3): Heath Miller, Matt Spaeth, Dezmond Sherrod

Sherrod isn’t safe. I would not be surprised if our 3rd tight end comes via another team’s cuts.

OL (10): Marvel Smith, Chris Kemoeatu, Justin Hartwig, Kendall Simmons, Willie Colon, Max Starks, Trai Essex, Sean Mahan, Darnell Stapleton, Tony Hills


DEFENSE (24)

DL (7): Aaron Smith, Casey Hampton, Brett Keisel, Chris Hoke, Travis Kirschke, Nick Eason, Scott Paxson

Paxson, Roye, and Kirschke are battling for the final two spots.

LB (8): James Harrison, James Farrior, Lawrence Timmons, LaMarr Woodley, Larry Foote, Bruce Davis, Andre Frazier, Keyaron Fox

Arnold Harrison would have made this roster had he not shredded his ACL.

CB (5): Ike Taylor, Deshea Townsend, Bryant McFadden, William Gay, Anthony Madison

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

I would have swapped Mundy for Carter, but Mundy didn’t get a chance to play much this preseason. If released, hopefully he’ll land on our practice squad.


SPECIAL TEAMS (3): Jeff Reed, Mitch Berger, Greg Warren

Ernster’s shanks cost him the job. That leaves Berger, but like the #3 TE I would not be shocked if our punter comes from another team's cuts.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

They should cut Limas Sweed

Dave Wannstache said...

You didn't happen to call in to the Steelers post-game show yesterday, did you? Cause someone said the exact same thing, and it's ridiculous.

You don't cut a 2nd round pick with tons of potential. Has the guy struggled? Yes. But I'll say it again, it's going to take time. So many people expect rookies to come in and light the league on fire. There's an adjustment period that requires patience. Sweed is thinking too much right now because he has so much coming at him, and as a result he's dropping the easy catches he normally makes.

I'm not expecting much from Sweed this season. And that's fine. He was drafted not for immediate impact, but for the future. I have a feeling you'll be singing a much different tune in a couple of years when the guy learns the nuances of the position and becomes a major weapon for this team.

Sam said...

Might as well cut Mendenhall too! He's guaranteed to fumble 1-2 times a game for the rest of his career, since rookies never improve after 4 preseason games.

'Stache, I'll buy you 3 jaegerbomb from Barry's if this turns out to be entirely correct.

Pat said...

why not just pay him 5 dollars in pennies?

Dave Wannstache said...

So in the end I hit on 50 of 53.

Missed on Willie Reid, Scott Paxson, and Dezmond Sherrod. In their place the team decided to go with Dallas Baker, Orpheus Roye, and no 3rd tight end, respectively.