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Breaking down the Offensive Depth Chart: Week 1 Steelers vs. Browns Steelers.

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Most of the players kept weren’t surprises , but there were some. Veteran quarterback, Landry Jones losing his backup quarterback duties and his roster spot was the biggest shocker of the day. Fan favorite, Ola Adeniyi, also made the 53-man roster, only to be placed on injured reserve two days later. Nat Berhe, after being cut on Saturday, was rumored to be a player the Steelers wanted to bring back — and indeed he was re-signed to the roster. Let’s take a look at the offensive players who have made the Steelers’ roster, while a follow-up article will focus on defense and special teams. The positions and the players below are taken from but I added a couple that I thought were important and needed clarifying.I have 54 players listed here as Le’Veon Bell hasn’t reported yet, but I fully expect him to.QB 3/53Ben Roethlisberger: Coming off of four straight Pro Bowl appearances, Big Ben looks to move up the NFL record books during his 15th season. Does he miss any games or struggle on the road?Joshua Dobbs: Solid numbers against Carolina Panthers defenders who are now on the street looking for new careers. Landry Jones detractors got what they wanted — but will they still be happy if Dobbs is forced into game action?Mason Rudolph: A terrible preseason with a 54.5 completion percentage. Those numbers are weighted down by playing against Green Bay Packers players who made the 53-man roster.RB 7/53Le’Veon Bell: (At the time of writing the article, he doesn’t count against the roster as he hasn’t signed his franchise tag.) Will fans bash Bell if he struggles against a top-10 run defense in Week 1, or will he come out of the gate charging and fans will just say, “Well, after all, it was against the Cleveland Browns.”?James Conner: Looked comfortable breaking arm tackles en route to 5.26 YPC in 19 attempts. His pass-catching fluidity caught Steeler fans off guard after his struggles in 2017.Jaylen Samuels: The Steelers went for youth and potential and ignored his 3.07 yards-per-carry average and 6.25 yards-per-reception average in preseason. Roethlisberger will do a lot of 3-step drops or use an empty backfield if Samuels is in the game.Stevan Ridley: Only a placeholder for when Bell reports. Offers zero special-teams value and will likely return to his sofa, where the Steelers found him camped out for the better part of two years.FB 8/53Roosevelt Nix: Nix, a fan favorite, garnered his first Pro Bowl selection in 2017. (How many candidates were there?) Will he be asked to lead block more in 2018?WR 11/53Antonio Brown: Brown has caught over 1,100 passes from Big Ben but will a lost preseason hurt their continuity? Not likely.Justin Hunter: Can the perennial camp warrior turn the corner and produce during the regular season? No, as he’ll be a game-day inactive, barring injury.Ryan Switzer: Steeler fans rejoice over the team’s new punt and kickoff returner. No more $17 million man not wanting to return punts and no more Fitz Toussaint.WR 14/53JuJu Smith-Schuster: Will he break 1,000 yards or will he be a victim of the dreaded sophomore slump? He’s too talented to dismiss him possibly being a part of a 1,000 yard duo.James Washington: Flashed body control and solid NFL hands that made him a second-round selection. A big question is why his college speed wasn’t prevalent during the preseason.Darrius Heyward-Bey: While some fans dislike DHB, he’s on the team strictly for his special-teams ability, an area where he’ rock solid.WR 3James Washington: With the Steelers running 3-wide-receiver sets more than any other, it was important to list the first wide receiver off the bench. Washington should be that player due to his talent level. Steelers fans will know for sure once the team announces game-day inactives on Sunday.LT 16/53Alejandro Villanueva: AV will never be confused with an elite left tackle, but he’s not being paid like one either. He’ll need help against a few of the elite pass-rushing specialists in 2018.Chukwuma Okorafor: The rook held his own in the preseason, surprising everyone. But that doesn’t mean fans want to see him manning Ben’s blindside on Sundays.LG 18/53Ramon Foster: Will he be healthy enough to play in Week 1 or be effective enough to keep his starting gig after a poor showing in 2017? This will be his last season as a Steeler.B. J. Finney: Versatile, as he can play all three interior spots. Fans question whether he’s talented enough to take Foster’s job from him this year or next. Right now Pittsburgh Steelers Womens T-Shirt , he’s not consistent enough.C 19/53Maurkice Pouncey: Pro Football Focus pounded him with a poor grade last year (54.6 grade) — will he be better in their eyes this year? Will he be better in your eyes this year?B. J. Finney: Read above.RG 21/53David DeCastro: The best all-around guard in the league. Hard to believe he’s just 28 and the Steelers have him locked up through 2021.Matt Feiler: Will be the second guard off of the bench as he’s settled into his more natural interior linemen position.RT 23/53Marcus Gilbert: Injuries and suspension plagued his 2017 season will have him hungry to rebound and return to his prior form.Zach Banner: Not a surprise that Pittsburgh kept nine linemen, but the surprise is the last man would be Banner rather than a free agent. Even at 6’8 and 360 pounds, he’ll be a weekly inactive as Coach Munchak works on his development (and eating habits).


Swing tackleChukwuma Okorafor: The 2018 fourth-rounder will be the first player off the bench to give either tackle a breather or in case of injury.TE 26/53Vance McDonald: Which will he have more of: dropped passes, touchdowns, or games played?Jesse James: Besides his inability to block, he brings about the same skill set that Heath Miller would bring at age 38.Xavier Grimble: The lack of competition keeps him on the roster, for now. ...There it is Steelers fans, your 2018 Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive players. Fans know the initial depth chart and the chart at the end of the season will not be the same. Players will get hurt and released, while some may lose their starting spot due to performance. Other players are brought in to fill in or provide depth. Who is the most likely candidate to lose his starting spot? Who is the player most likely to lose his roster spot?How the Steelers’ offense can exploit the Chiefs’ defense in Week 2 The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for the Kansas City Chiefs to come to Heinz Field in Week 2 action, and there are a lot of talking points heading into this game. Will Patrick Mahomes and the high-flying Chiefs’ offense be able to keep up their 38-point pace this week? Is Ben Roethlisberger due for a bounce back? What are Kansas City fans predicting in this game?To get these answers I went behind enemy lines and asked Pete Sweeney, editor of Arrowhead Pride, some questions about the upcoming game. Take a look at what the other side of the fence is thinking about the upcoming game, as well as a prediction!For the best Steelers - Chiefs analysis, from the Kansas City side of the things, be sure to check out Arrowhead Pride.What should Steelers fans expect when it comes to the Chiefs’ offense? Always this high powered, or will they come back to earth in Week 2?This is a tough question. Answering very literally, yes, this offense is always high-powered. But the problem with that answer is we have only seen it so far for one real week, ever (Remember, Patrick Mahomes took over for Alex Smith this year). If last week combined with the preseason is any indication, we should expect big things from Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill all season. How Sammy Watkins and Travis Kelce (27 combined yards in Week 1) fit into that mix remains to be seen. Along those same lines, the Chiefs’ defense isn’t what it once was. What are the strengths and weaknesses of this group?The Chiefs’ front seven, in my opinion, is a strength. The defensive line, led by Chris Jones, is stout, and the Chiefs’ GM, Brett Veach, brought Anthony Hitchens on board this offseason in order to fix the run defense. On the outside Pittsburgh Steelers Hats , Justin Houston and Dee Ford lead the way as the Chiefs rotate in their top draft pick in Breeland Speaks. Where they struggle is in the secondary. The Chiefs’ top cornerbacks are Kendall Fuller and Steve Nelson, but there appears what could be a big drop-off with their nickel cornerback in No. 22 Orlando Scandrick. Scandrick may be in for a tough day Sunday with the Steelers’ elite receivers.Patrick Mahomes is exciting to watch, but has he shown any “young QB” mistakes early on? Mahomes looked very good on Sunday, and he did have some interceptions during training camp and the preseason. Through Week 1, there were a few reads he said he could have made better, but no careless mistakes that you’ll sometimes see from young quarterbacks. I think determining this one way or another is too early to tell, and Week 2 should provide some more clarity. The Steelers have done very well against Kansas City over the years. How to Chiefs fans view the Steelers? A non-divisional rival?I don’t know if I’d call it a rivalry, but it’s certainly a hump Chiefs fans are aware of. I don’t think this exists so much with the players. Talking with them, especially their new quarterback and so many new defensive players, they really weren’t here in recent years for the Steelers’ dominance. The fans feel this game matters more, but for these Chiefs, I really think it’s just another Sunday.If you were a defensive coordinator, how would you slow down this Chiefs offense?This is a tall task. In previous years, I’d say find a way to stop Travis Kelce and then go from there. But I think, in 2018, Tyreek Hill could eclipse even Kelce for the team’s most dangerous weapon. And that fact is what makes the Chiefs so hard to deal with as a team. If opposing defenses eliminate the threat of one weapon, the Chiefs have another. Hill, Kelce, Kareem Hunt and Sammy Watkins, probably in that order. The answer probably involves getting to Patrick Mahomes as fast as you can by attacking the Chiefs’ weakest part of their offensive line at left guard.PredictionI took some heat last week for picking the Chargers over the Chiefs in the season opener. I was wrong, and I heard about it. But I think we learned a lot about the Chiefs in the game. For one, their offense can be very, very good this year. Not at the middle, or the end—right now. And two, the Chiefs secondary is probably as questionable as we thought it to be (the Chargers dropped two wide-open touchdowns in the first half or they might have been right there). Once again, I think the Chiefs are in for a shootout. It’s just a matter of whether or not they can manage to muster a stop or two, or simply score last. I give the Steelers the slight edge at home. Steelers 35, Chiefs 31 Custom Dallas Cowboys Jerseys

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