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Galax Steeler
06-02-2009, 04:35 AM
OK, you asked for it, so here it is, an early, early, early look at the 53-man roster.

QB (3): Ben Roethlisberger, Charlie Batch, Dennis Dixon. No explanation needed here.

RB (5): Willie Parker, Mewelde Moore, Rashard Mendenhall, Frank Summers, Carey Davis. Davis makes it on his ability to play special teams.

WR (5): Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes, Shaun McDonald, Limas Sweed, Mike Wallace. Sorry Dallas Baker. You're not making this club. McDonald beats out Brandon Williams.

TE (3): Heath Miller, Matt Spaeth, Sean McHugh. No surprises here. David Johnson goes to the practice squad.

OL (10): Max Starks, Chris Kemoeatu, Justin Hartwig, Darnell Stapleton, Wilie Colon, Trai Essex, Tony Hills, Ramon Foster, Kraig Urbik, A.Q. Shipley. Just a hunch here between Foster and Capizzi, but they won't want to risk putting Foster on the practice squad.

DL (7): Aaron Smith, Casey Hampton, Brett Keisel, Chris Hoke, Ziggy Hood, Travis Kirschke, Nick Eason. Again, no real surprises here.

LB (8): James Harrison, James Farrior, Lawrence Timmons, LaMarr Woodley, Bruce Davis, Patrick Bailey, Keyaron Fox, Donovan Woods. Woods is kind of the surprise here. I think he sticks because he can play inside, even though they currently list him as an outside guy. Bruce Davis needs to have a good camp. Bailey is a very good special teams player as is Fox. Fox will be the top backup inside.

DB (9): Ike Taylor, William Gay, Ryan Clark, Troy Polamalu, Deshea Townsend, Keiwan Ratliff, Joe Burnett, Keenan Lewis, Ryan Mundy. This is a tough position to call. I see Tyrone Carter as the odd man out right now, with Deshea Townsend making the move to a safety/corner position.

Specialists (3): Jeff Reed, Daniel Sepulveda, Greg Warren.

http://nflfromthesidelines.blogspot.com/2009/06/early-early-early-look-at-53-man-roster.html

BlastFurnace
06-02-2009, 07:18 AM
I would hate to lose Anthony Madison. I know he is just a one trick pony as a ST player, but he's pretty darned good at it.

I would also be surprised if Andre Frazier doesn't make the team. Behind Woodley and Harrison, there isn't much experience. We still are not sure what Davis can do. We may need Frazier from time to time this season.

KeiselPower99
06-02-2009, 09:22 AM
Foster will need to have a really good camp to make the roster. Also I think Davis is gone. Summers will be the FB with McHugh and Stefen Logan makes the team

19ward86
06-02-2009, 01:05 PM
i hope sepulveda doesnt have any setbacks from here on out

Steel Head
06-02-2009, 02:43 PM
uhoh, no Capizzi?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? !?!?!?!?!

i thought he was teh awezome

pancake
06-02-2009, 03:04 PM
Looks like a Super Bowl roster...:applaudit:

steelreserve
06-02-2009, 04:20 PM
Something tells me Carter will stick around for one more year, mainly because I think it's pretty likely we'll relegate one or the other of the rookie CBs to the practice squad.

Last season seemed to be one of the better ones I can remember for Carter. We didn't really miss a beat when he was in there, which is more than I can say for him in years past. That will be important, plus I think we'll want a veteran available to start when Clark serves his one-game "suspension" against Denver.

revefsreleets
06-02-2009, 04:46 PM
QB (3): Ben Roethlisberger, Charlie Batch, Dennis Dixon. No explanation needed here. Agreed.

RB (5): Willie Parker, Mewelde Moore, Rashard Mendenhall, Frank Summers, Carey Davis. Davis makes it on his ability to play special teams. Carey I think is expendable, but they'll keep him anyway. Tomlin likes him, so...I'd rather keep Powdrell or even Justin Vincent, but Davis plays FB and RB

WR (5): Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes, Shaun McDonald, Limas Sweed, Mike Wallace. Sorry Dallas Baker. You're not making this club. McDonald beats out Brandon Williams. We actually have some depth here...hopefully some of these guys make a real push and challenge Wallace, Sweed, Nance for playing time in the preseason...it will make them all perform better.I still have it Ward, Santo, McD, Sweed on my 4 deep, though...

TE (3): Heath Miller, Matt Spaeth, Sean McHugh. No surprises here. David Johnson goes to the practice squad. Sounds right to me

OL (10): Max Starks, Chris Kemoeatu, Justin Hartwig, Darnell Stapleton, Wilie Colon, Trai Essex, Tony Hills, Ramon Foster, Kraig Urbik, A.Q. Shipley. Just a hunch here between Foster and Capizzi, but they won't want to risk putting Foster on the practice squad. Think Foster gets the axe here...

DL (7): Aaron Smith, Casey Hampton, Brett Keisel, Chris Hoke, Ziggy Hood, Travis Kirschke, Nick Eason. Again, no real surprises here.

LB (8): James Harrison, James Farrior, Lawrence Timmons, LaMarr Woodley, Bruce Davis, Patrick Bailey, Keyaron Fox, Donovan Woods. Woods is kind of the surprise here. I think he sticks because he can play inside, even though they currently list him as an outside guy. Bruce Davis needs to have a good camp. Bailey is a very good special teams player as is Fox. Fox will be the top backup inside. Frazier and Harrison always make the team...hard to bet against them. I think they bump Bailey and Woods.

DB (9): Ike Taylor, William Gay, Ryan Clark, Troy Polamalu, Deshea Townsend, Keiwan Ratliff, Joe Burnett, Keenan Lewis, Ryan Mundy. This is a tough position to call. I see Tyrone Carter as the odd man out right now, with Deshea Townsend making the move to a safety/corner position.
Carter hangs, and one of these guys goes. Don't know who, though...
Specialists (3): Jeff Reed, Daniel Sepulveda, Greg Warren.

El-Gonzo Jackson
06-02-2009, 06:14 PM
I pretty much agree with Revs. I dont think the Steelers will keep 7 D linemen and that roster spot will either go to the extra DB in Carter.....or another LB.

I would not exactly pencil Bailey in either. Have to remember that Woods beat him out last year in camp and Arnold Harrison will be back too. Fox, Woods, Davis, Harrison, Lewis, Ratliff, Mundy, Carter can all play special teams well. I think that Bailey gets cut unless he shows he is clearly the #4 OLB.

DACEB
06-02-2009, 08:26 PM
Madison over Carter and Lewis, at this point IMO, with Lewis staying on PS. I think they keep an extra cb and DeShea backs up at S. There will be some good camp battles at CB, LB, H-back and O-line.

Davis sets the bar at H-back at this point, let's hope Summers, Sherrod, Powdrell or Johnson shows better.

LB is going to be interesting, revs is right, Frazier and Harrison are tough to beat. I like Frazier to get a spot, and Woods on the inside. After that it should be interesting. I think they keep 9 LBs though and 9 O-line.

atlsteelers
06-03-2009, 12:17 PM
i hope that johnson pushes either mchugh or spaeth.
it pains me to watch spaeth trying to block and i have developed a strong dislike for him.

BlastFurnace
06-03-2009, 12:26 PM
i hope that johnson pushes either mchugh or spaeth.
it pains me to watch spaeth trying to block and i have developed a strong dislike for him.

I don't think Spaeth is going anywhere. He's a very serviceable 2nd tight end and filled in well for Heath last year.

atlsteelers
06-03-2009, 12:36 PM
I don't think Spaeth is going anywhere. He's a very serviceable 2nd tight end and filled in well for Heath last year.

i can dream! spaeth is a one dimensional TE. he can catch and runs decent routes but he blocks like a dallas cowboy cheerleader.

El-Gonzo Jackson
06-03-2009, 06:36 PM
i can dream! spaeth is a one dimensional TE. he can catch and runs decent routes but he blocks like a dallas cowboy cheerleader.

Yeah, I dont think Spaeth is going anywhere, but at this point he might not get a 2nd contract offer. Jerame Tuman was a better blocking and receiving TE than Spaeth at this point, so I hope the kid improves.

atlsteelers
06-04-2009, 09:28 AM
i hope spaeth improves too. i liked him when we drafted him and had high hopes for him but he needs to step up his game.

DACEB
06-04-2009, 10:20 AM
i hope spaeth improves too. i liked him when we drafted him and had high hopes for him but he needs to step up his game.

I think he's a very good #2, but he definitely needs to step up his blocking. Which is strange because that was his forte in college.

As the team transitions from Cohwer's guys to Tomlin's team, I think the guys that really need to step up and prove themselves are B.Davis, Hills, Mendenhall and Sweed. Those guys, IMO, are essential to our continued success at the championship level.

Steel Head
06-04-2009, 10:28 AM
I think he's a very good #2, but he definitely needs to step up his blocking. Which is strange because that was his forte in college.


His 'forte' in college was catching passes. I think he lead Minnesota in receiving yards one year

El-Gonzo Jackson
06-04-2009, 11:26 AM
His 'forte' in college was catching passes. I think he lead Minnesota in receiving yards one year

Matt Spaeth is a 6-7 1/8, 270-pounder from Minnesota who won the Mackey Award last season as the nationís best tight end. In the last two seasons, Spaeth caught 73 passes for 897 yards and eight touchdowns.

BRUCE ARIANS, offensive coordinator, Pittsburgh Steelers

What do you like about this guy?

Heís big, tall and fast, and he can block. Heís an outstanding, prototypical tight end. At 6-7 he can stretch the field, he can handle the point of attack, it gives us good flexibility to take Heath (Miller) and move him around a lot more, and also Iím a three-tight end guy. Jerame Tuman played extremely well for us the last couple years. I like having three tight ends on the field a lot of times. It gives us a good personnel group with two tight ends who can stretch the field and all three guys who can block the point of attack, so heís a very solid, solid guy.

Does this signal a shift away from the I-formation and to a one-back offense?

It gives us that flexibility. We have an outstanding fullback and we plan on using him. It gives you more things to create more problems for the defense. Without having to put another receiver in the game, we can have Heath in the slot, have Matt in there, we could have Jerame in there. It gives you a ton of flexibility.

How fast is he?

Fast enough.

Is he more wide receiver than tight end?

No, heís pure tight end. Heís very similar to Heath. He can stretch the field. Iím going to say he runs a 4.78, something close to that, 4.82. Heís like Heath. He can handle the big defensive ends, he can block outside linebackers, and he can also get down the middle. And heís a good athlete. He can play in all special teams.

http://pit.scout.com/2/639783.html

Steel Head
06-04-2009, 12:46 PM
Matt Spaeth is a 6-7 1/8, 270-pounder from Minnesota who won the Mackey Award last season as the nation’s best tight end. In the last two seasons, Spaeth caught 73 passes for 897 yards and eight touchdowns.

BRUCE ARIANS, offensive coordinator, Pittsburgh Steelers

What do you like about this guy?

He’s big, tall and fast, and he can block. He’s an outstanding, prototypical tight end. At 6-7 he can stretch the field, he can handle the point of attack, it gives us good flexibility to take Heath (Miller) and move him around a lot more, and also I’m a three-tight end guy. Jerame Tuman played extremely well for us the last couple years. I like having three tight ends on the field a lot of times. It gives us a good personnel group with two tight ends who can stretch the field and all three guys who can block the point of attack, so he’s a very solid, solid guy.

Does this signal a shift away from the I-formation and to a one-back offense?

It gives us that flexibility. We have an outstanding fullback and we plan on using him. It gives you more things to create more problems for the defense. Without having to put another receiver in the game, we can have Heath in the slot, have Matt in there, we could have Jerame in there. It gives you a ton of flexibility.

How fast is he?

Fast enough.

Is he more wide receiver than tight end?

No, he’s pure tight end. He’s very similar to Heath. He can stretch the field. I’m going to say he runs a 4.78, something close to that, 4.82. He’s like Heath. He can handle the big defensive ends, he can block outside linebackers, and he can also get down the middle. And he’s a good athlete. He can play in all special teams.

http://pit.scout.com/2/639783.html


lol, search some other sites not a Bruce Arians interview. Spaeth stood out in college because of his receiving numbers.

look at those numbers in the part you bolded, that is a crapload for college ball

DACEB
06-04-2009, 01:04 PM
His 'forte' in college was catching passes. I think he lead Minnesota in receiving yards one year

No doubt he was a very good recieving TE in college, but he was lauded as an exceptional run blocker. Especially coming from a predominantly run oriented program like Minn.

El-Gonzo Jackson
06-04-2009, 04:57 PM
lol, search some other sites not a Bruce Arians interview. Spaeth stood out in college because of his receiving numbers.

look at those numbers in the part you bolded, that is a crapload for college ball

I agree that he caught a lot of passes for NCAA football. I was just posting the interview where he was described as a prototypical TE that could handle the big DE's, block OLB's and stretch the field with his 4.82 speed.

Either he isnt living up to expectations or not having those exceptional talents utilized. :noidea: