3 players on Steelers 53-man roster aren’t in the clear quite yet

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Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Tre Norwood (21) Mandatory Credit: Karl Roster/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports /

FS Tre Norwood

In my opinion, Tre Norwood made the Steelers roster by default this year. There wasn’t another capable player to even compete for snaps at the free safety position. While I’m not saying that Norwood can’t be a football player, I really don’t think he’s ready to have to step on the field if something were to happen to Minkah Fitzpatrick.

Backup free safety is a position Pittsburgh could choose to explore in free agency, and they know the value of having a quality, experienced backup at the position. While Miles Killebrew should be serviceable as a backup to Terrell Edmunds at strong safety, he’s more of a box-only player and doesn’t have the skill set to play both. The team also added another strong safety option to their practice squad in former first-round pick, Karl Joseph.

Though Quincy Roche was sadly poached by the New York Giants in free agency, I doubt the same will happen to Norwood if released. The Steelers rookie safety has been up and down at times and has shown plus instincts, but Pittsburgh may look for an upgrade – resulting in Norwood heading to the practice squad.

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There are a few other players who could be in jeopardy of losing their jobs before the season even begins this year, but these three might not last on the roster long if the Steelers look to add depth to other positions.