5 surprise players who made Steelers 53-man roster in 2020

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have made their final cuts and have the 53-man roster that they want heading into the 2020 season. Some players were added and moves have already shuffled the team around.

Every year fans head into the preseason waiting for it to commence the debate on players that will make the final 53-man roster when cuts come. That time has come and gone yet again as the Steelers made their transactions known to the world around 4 o’clock Eastern Time on Saturday. Every team had to shed their extra players and get down to the final 53. Some player’s careers were cut short while others lived their dreams out and will continue to battle with the team throughout the season.

Those who made it onto the team were surprises to many as coaches must have liked what they have seen while at Heinz Field this summer. Under the hot sun, these players were able to show what they can do and why they were deserving to make the roster. Many of them are still young moldable prospects that the coaches see as having talent that they can’t expose on the practice squad so another team could come to scoop them up.

With cut-down day comes a few surprises when it came to predicted roster players. Steelers like Ryan Switzer, Dan McCullers, Deon Cain, and Curtis Riley failed to make the 53 heading into Week 1. Devlin Hodges initially made the roster but was waived one day later after the Pittsburgh brought back a familiar face.

Although some of them initially made the initial final 53, they were released less than 24 hours after the news broke. Other players were brought in and moves had to be made, while other players lost their jobs in camp and failed to show the coaches enough before the season began.