3 players on Steelers 53-man roster aren’t in the clear quite yet
By Tommy Jaggi
The Steelers recently cut their roster down to just 53 players, but here are three guys who are not yet safe if the team chooses to add depth elsewhere.
Steelers players who were on the roster bubble have to be doing backflips after officially landing on Pittsburgh’s 53-man roster. It was a strenuous summer, and only the best of the best make it to this point.
Unfortunately for a few players, they may not be in the clear yet. Defensive coordinator, Keith Butler, recently voiced that he’s not comfortable with just four cornerbacks on the roster, though Pittsburgh just signed the recently cut Arthur Maulet after three players landed on Injured Reserve. The Steelers seemed destined to make another move (or perhaps even a few) before their Week 1 matchup against the Buffalo Bills. Here are three players whose roster spots may not be as secure as they would have hoped:
LB Ulysees Gilbert
Prior to trading for Joe Schobert, Pittsburgh’s linebackers had the potential to be one of the worst units on the team. But despite their struggles at training camp and in the preseason, Pittsburgh remarkably elected to keep six off-ball linebackers on their 53-man roster. This could change very soon.
One player that many are surprised made the team is former 2019 sixth-round pick, Ulysees Gilbert III. Gilbert was quite unspectacular this summer as he was routinely beaten in coverage and missed too many tackles in the preseason. Surprisingly, he’s currently listed as the primary backup to Devin Bush on the team’s initial post-cut depth chart.
Still, I think Gilbert is a player the Steelers would consider cutting lose in order to beef up the depth elsewhere. Because they kept so many linebackers, Gilbert could be one of the first to go. Marcus Allen, who is listed as third in line behind Schobert, could also be in jeopardy. However, I thought Allen outplayed Gilbert this summer.