After watching the Steelers/Panthers preseason game on my DVR, here are some observations …
* Since it was the fourth preseason game and nobody cares, we will make this an abbreviated version of After further review …
*Every year we are all guilty of putting Charlie Batch out to pasture, but every year he shows that he still has good football left in him.
Forgot the stats against the Panthers, he was in control of the offense and was able to provide a leadership quality that the the coaching staff is looking for out of their backup.
There is no doubt that Batch will be the first off the bench if Ben Roethlisberger would go down.
* Isaac Redman showed everybody what the Steelers have known for a year — he is more than just a third-down back. The Steelers have full confidence in Redman if he is needed to be the featured back and showed some major talent against Carolina.
Now, he might not be Chris Johnson or Ray Rice, but he is more than serviceable as a long-term replacement for Mendenhall.
* I’ve been pumping up safety Ryan Mundy all preseason. Although very much deserving, he didn’t have his best performance against Carolina. No worries, though. He is still a player.
* Again, Willie Colon is having a beast of a preseason. Very well could be their best overall lineman, and yes, that includes Maukice Pouncey.
*Not quite sure why LaMarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons played as much as they did. There was no need for that in this garbage game.
* Mortty Ivy has been impressive all training camp and that overflowed into the game against Carolina. Impressive enough to actually make the roster? Well, stay tuned to the end of this blog to find out.
* Wanna know why Dennis Dixon won’t be the No. 2 quarterback? Just take a look at his first series. In a three-and-out, he missed Antonio Brown wide right, bounced one to Brown then threw one high and away to Arnaz Battle.
End of series, end of story.
* Jonathan Dwyer was impressive and is a lock to make the team. However, you won’t see him dressed once real games roll around. He has no value to the Steelers as a gameday active.
Now, onto the 53 man roster
QB (3) — Ben Roethlisberger, Charlie Batch, Dennis Dixon
Note: Byron Leftwich will either be put on IR or waived/injured to save a roster spot
RB (4) — Rashard Mendenhall, Isaac Redman, Mewelde Moore, Jonathan Dwyer
WR (6) — Hines Ward, Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Jerricho Cotchery, Emmanuel Sanders, Arnaz Battle
Note: Battle more useful as a special teams contributor than Tyler Grisham. Steelers might just got with 5 receivers, too, meaning Battle would be gone.
TE (3) — Heath Miller, David Johnson, Weslye Saunders
Note: John Gilmore won’t be picked up if cut, Saunders would
OL (9) — Maurkice Pouncey, Doug Legursky, Chris Kemoeatu, Jonathan Scott, Willie Colon, Marcus Gilbert, Ramon Foster, Trai Essex, Tony Hills.
Note: Foster can play 4 positions, Essex 5 and Hills 4 and that’s why they stay.
DL (7) — Brett Keisel, Casey Hampton, Aaron Smith, Ziggy Hood, Cameron Heyward, Chris Hoke, Steve McLendon
Note: Corbin Bryant is a player, but no room for him.
LB (8) — James Harrison, James Farrior, Lawrence Timmons, LaMarr Woodley, Jason Worilds, Larry Foote, Stevenson Sylvester, Chris Carter
Note: Although Ivy had a better camp, Carter has potential. Carter very well could be cut as well, though.
CB (6) — Ike Taylor, Bryant McFadden, William Gay, Keenan Lewis, Curtis Brown, Crezdon Butler
Note: Toughest position to cut. Warren did enough to make the team and Allen was hurt all camp.
S (4) — Troy Polamalu, Ryan Clark, Will Allen, Ryan Mundy
Specialists (3) Shaun Suisham, Daniel Sepulveda, Greg Warren
Practice squad (8) — Donovan Warren (CB), Cortez Allen (CB), Mortty Ivy (LB), Keith Williams (OL), Mario Harvey (LB), Corbin Bryant (DE), Tyler Grisham (WR), Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith (S)
– Mark Kaboly