Steelers final roster prediction: Who makes the final cut?
By Andrew Falce
With the final roster cutdowns coming up, here are my final prediction about who makes the Steelers initial 53-man roster in 2020
With roster cut day closing in, the Steelers will need to decide who stays and who is cut from their final roster. While the shortened offseason has given a clear advantage to veterans, there were still quite a few position battles that the Steelers needed to work out. With all that said, here are my final roster predictions for the Steelers.
The top of this depth chart is set, as Roethlisberger is set to return from injury and resume his spot as a top QB in the league. While his 2019 was nothing short of horrible, he has a chance to cement his legacy with the Steelers. Everyone should expect a solid rebound year from the veteran QB.
Behind him, Rudolph is the clear-cut backup. The Steelers verbally decided to roll with Rudolph early in the offseason, publicly saying they were going to keep him as the primary backup. His 2019 was a roller coaster, showcasing some positive traits mixed in with some disappointing matchups. While he still has questions to answer as a potential heir to Roethlisberger, he is a fine backup who can win games if called upon. While he may not ready to be a full-time starter, he can hold his own for a game or two if needed.
The biggest competition here was for the third-string role. While Hodges was the third option last season, he struggled with getting the ball down the field. Other option Paxton Lynch was receiving a lot of praise from the Steelers earlier in the offseason, but he seemed to have struggled with practice. While Duck struggled down the stretch, he has the potential to develop into a backup down the road.