So the Steelers make most of their cuts — and clear up very little in the process.
They are set at quarterback, running back, linebacker and the secondary (yes, I think the Steelers keep seven cornerbacks).
I don’t think Arnaz Battle makes the final 53 because the Steelers have no need for a sixth wide receiver. Guard/tackle Chris Scott is also out though it wouldn’t shock me if the Steelers keep him instead of Trai Essex.
Defensive end Jarrett Crittenton is an odd man out on the other line, and either Daniel Sepulveda or Jeremy Kapinos will go though both punters did everything they could to make the team.
That leaves, to me, the most interesting dilemma for the Steelers: keeping an extra defensive lineman or a fourth tight end.
If they want to keep rookie Weslye Saunders -– and he won’t make it to their practice squad –- the Steelers may also have to include veteran John Gilmore on the 53-man roster.
Bruce Arians’ offense utilizes three tight ends. If Saunders isn’t quite ready to play regularly Gilmore can serve as a bridge until the Steelers are comfortable the undrafted rookie can handle playing in their three tight end sets.
If the Steelers keep four tight ends, either veteran Chris Hoke or Steve McLendon is out along the defensive line.
The guess here is that Hoke and McLendon are in and Gilmore is cut.
Steelers have until 6 p.m. Saturday to finalize their 53-man roster.
– Scott Brown