The Steelers have to set their 53-man roster in two weeks. As such there is plenty that can happen when you take into account the specter of injuries and the fact that there are still two exhibition games for players to fight their way onto the roster –- or play their way off it.
That said, here is an early guess at what the 53-man roster will look like after final cuts.
QB: Ben Roethlisberger, Byron Leftwich and Dennis Dixon.
Skinny: Dixon and Charlie Batch are a coin flip right now.
RB: Rashard Mendenhall, Isaac Redman, Mewelde Moore and Jonathan Dwyer.
Skinny: Dwyer on more solid footing after inauspicious start to camp.
WR: Hines Ward, Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Jerricho Cotchery, Emmanuel Sanders and Arnaz Battle.
Skinny: Have Battle here as a special teams player though that spot is still up for grabs.
TE: Heath Miller, David Johnson and John Gilmore.
Skinny: Johnson is a lock; same can’t be said yet of Gilmore.
OL: Jonathan Scott, Chris Kemoeatu, Maurkice Pouncey, Doug Legursky, Willie Colon, Ramon Foster, Tony Hills, Marcus Gilbert and Keith Williams.
Skinny: Chris Scott odd man out here — for now.
DL: Aaron Smith, Casey Hampton, Brett Keisel, Ziggy Hood, Chris Hoke, Cameron Heyward and Steve McLendon.
Skinny: Hoke can play DE in a pinch, allowing Steelers to carry three NTs.
LB: LaMarr Woodley, James Farrior, Lawrence Timmons, James Harrison, Larry Foote, Stevenson Sylvester, Jason Worilds and Chris Carter.
Skinny: Carter on bubble; has to show more in final two preseason games.
CB: Ike Taylor, Bryant McFadden, William Gay, Keenan Lewis, Curtis Brown and Cortez Allen.
Skinny: Could see the Steelers keeping a seventh cornerback if Allen has to take the equivalent of a redshirt season.
S: Troy Polamalu, Ryan Clark, Ryan Mundy and Will Allen
Skinny: Steelers are set here.
K: Shaun Suisham.
P: Daniel Sepulveda.
LS: Greg Warren.
Skinny: No surprises here.