LATROBE _ Mike Tomlin has let it been known that if a substantial move is to be made, either onto the roster or up the depth chart, then this is the week to do it.
My substantial move will involve departing A104 Benedict Hall and returning once again to the real world after my 28th summer at sleepy, serene St. Vincent College.
That’ll happen on Friday.
Can’t wait to get back home and find out which tunnels and bridges have been shut down since I left.
In the meantime why not cut to the chase?
Presenting the Steelers’ 2014 53-man roster (at least as I see it):
QB (3): Ben Roethlisberger, Bruce Gradkowski, Landry Jones.
RB (4): Le’Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount, Dri Archer, Will Johnson.
WR (5): Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, Lance Moore, Martavis Bryant, Justin Brown.
TE (3): Heath Miller, Matt Spaeth, Michael Palmer.
OL: (8): Kelvin Beachum, Ramon Foster, Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro, Marcus Gilbert, Cody Wallace, Mike Adams, Wesley Johnson.
DL (6): Cam Thomas, Steve McLendon, Cam Heyward, Stephon Tuitt, Daniel McCullers, Brian Arnfelt.
LB (10): Jason Worilds, Ryan Shazier, Lawrence Timmons, Jarvis Jones, Sean Spence, Vince Williams, Terence Garvin, Arthur Moats, Jordan Zumwalt, Howard Jones.
DB (11): Cortez Allen, Mike Mitchell, Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor, William Gay, Antwon Blake, Brice McCain, Shaquille Richardson, Will Allen, Shamarko Thomas, Robert Golden.
LS (1): Greg Warren.
P (1): Somebody (I don’t think it’s going to be Brad Wing).
K (1): Shaun Suisham.
PRACTICE SQUAD (8): S Jordan Dangerfield, CB Isaiah Green, OL Chris Hubbard, DL Josh Mauro, WR Derek Moye, RB Tauren Poole, LB Vic So’oto, TE Eric Waters.
Although there’s good competition at a number of positions this process wasn’t nearly as difficult as I’d initially envisioned.
The team is likely still trying to resolve the type of bottom-of-the-roster issues it usually wrestles with at this time of a preseason.
But whether it’s Justin Brown or Darrius Heyward-Bey as the last receiver, Arnfelt or someone else as the last defensive lineman, eight or nine offensive linemen on the roster, the roster or the practice squad for Howard Jones, or the Palmer spot at tight end potentially being better invested at another position given that Will Johnson is also a tight end-capable player, these don’t appear to be decisions that will ultimately dictate the success or failure of the upcoming season.
See you Sept. 7 at Heinz Field.