The second-to-last preseason roster cuts in the NFL have been made, as every team has trimmed down its roster to 75 players. And though, the Pittsburgh Steelers don't need to make their final round of cuts until Aug. 31, the SB Nation blog Behind the Steel Curtain freshened up its predictions for the 53-man roster on Tuesday.
Overall, the blog believes the offense will keep 24 players, the defensive 26 and the special teams two. The biggest battle shaping out on offense is the fullback position, which they predict will be given to David Paulson.
This seemed like a four-way battle in last week's look (at least it did to me on paper), but it's now much simpler since Jamie McCoy and Justin Peelle were part of the first round of cuts.
My reasoning for keeping Paulson over Johnson ties into our TE situation, so I'll expound on it more below.
Meanwhile, the position battle at wide receiver will come down to the final preseason game, and David Gilreath, Toney Clemons, Tyler Beiler, Marquis Maze and Derrick Williams all have a shot:
Gilreath seems to have the inside track for our fifth receiver spot, but this battle will be decided on Thursday on the field against the Panthers.
On the defensive side of the ball, the biggest questions marks are in the linebacking corps ...
You know who actually ended up directly benefiting from this two-QB experiment?
... And secondary.
I still like Robert Golden as our final DB. It was certainly bolstered when he picked off Vince Young in the 4th quarter against the Bills and ran it back to set up a 1st-and-goal.
And we do need an extra safety in Week 1.