4 players on the Steelers roster bubble that can’t be cut

James Pierre #42 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Isaiahh Loudermilk (92). Mandatory Credit: Karl Roster/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports /

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The Steelers defensive line is absolutely stacked right now. Despite seeing Stephon Tuitt retire, this unit hasn’t suffered much in terms of depth. The team turned around and quickly added Larry Ogunjobi to fill out their depth chart. His addition brings up an interesting numbers issue. The Steelers typically only keep six defensive linemen, and currently, there are seven that have good shots at being on the roster.

The least of all of the names has to be Isaiahh Loudermilk. While the former fifth-round pick played well last year in a surprisingly expanded role, he seems like the last man in the pecking order. Chris Wormley is a better player at this point in his career (and will likely be a starting end in base defense) while DeMarvin Leal was a third-round pick and is locked into a roster spot.

If the team plans on only keeping six linemen and no injuries occur, Loudermilk will be the odd man out. That said, this team has to make an exception this season. The line depth was tested last season, so having the extra body would be helpful. As well, Loudermilk looked solid as a rookie and has some traits to develop. Giving up on him due to it being a numbers situation is illogical. Pittsburgh should change their ways and keep seven linemen this season.