On Friday evening the Steelers announced their final roster as they get ready for the season, and that means they had to cut their roster down from 75 to 53. As a result, we are left wondering why the Pittsburgh Steelers chose to keep only four wide receivers, and keep three quarter backs. Let’s first dive into the quarterback question, the Steelers quarterbacks this season will be Ben Roethlisberger with Byron Leftwich being his backup. However, they have also chosen to keep Charlie Batch as their third QB, which is a very interesting move for a team with a franchise QB and a quality backup. This may have more to do with Roethlisberger and his torn rotator cuff than it does with Charlie Batch.
What is even more odd than keeping three quarterbacks, was cutting all but four receivers. Heading into week one, the Steelers only receivers will be Mike Wallace (who has practiced a very limited amount of times), Antonio Brown, Jerricho Cotchery, and Emmanuel Sanders. However, RB Chris Rainey is said to be capable of lining up at receiver, similar to what C.J. Spiller does in Buffalo.
The final cut list for the Pittsburgh Steelers is as follows: WR Tyler Beiler, DL Corbin Bryant, WR Toney Clemons, DB Damon Cromartie-Smith, OL Trai Essex, DB Terrence Frederick, WR David Gilreath, RB DuJuan Harris, LB Brandon Hicks, DL Igbinosun Ikponmwosa, QB Jerrod Johnson, P Jeremy Kapinos, OL Ryan Lee, OL John Malecki, WR Marquis Maze, LB Marshall McFadden, OL Chris Scott, DL Jake Stoller, DB Josh Victorian, and WR Derrick Williams.