The Steelers will have to make some cuts soon and these players need to step it up to make this team.
The Steelers will need to make some cuts over the coming weeks and these players on this list need to get going. It is hard just to make a final roster in the NFL, let alone become a dominant player. It will be an uphill battle for most but these players face a deeper hole to climb out of. It will be interesting to see what these players can do backed into a corner as they try to show the coaching staff that they belong here. The black and gold have another talented roster this pre-season so it is put-up or shut-up time for those seeking the regular season.
Ulysees Gilbert III, Linebacker
Ulysees Gilbert III is entering a make-or-break season as he goes into his third professional year. It has been a career that flashes some potential while other times it exposes a backup special teams player. That is not a major knock on him but normally there are replacement players that come along. There are no more excuses and Gilbert needs to really show some growth to get any playing time or even make the roster. Joe Schobert was just acquired to start via trade and that could be a major issue for Gilbert and his chances to make the final 53 man roster.
He will need to prove his betterment over his competition. Marcus Allen is also fighting for that last middle linebacker spot and it would seem like he is the favorite over Gilbert. Allen has had more playing time in the regular season and his coverage ability is better. It is going to be very difficult for this player to make the final cut as is but he will have time over the next couple of weeks to improve his game and make a last-minute push to stay onboard.