The Pittsburgh Steelers have historical trends in keeping a certain number of players at each position, but here are three positions they should cut back on.
The Steelers have rinsed and repeated when it comes to many of their ways of doing business. One of which trends is how many players they choose to keep at each position on their final 53-man roster. However, I would argue that some of these trends should be broken.
There are many variables to consider here. Pittsburgh’s positional strengths are one of them. But when it’s all said and done and the Steelers cut their 90-man roster down to 53 players, these are three positions I’m almost certain we will want them to cut back on:
Steelers should keep just 2 quarterbacks
Keeping just two quarterbacks on the final roster is a decision that several teams decided to try out in recent years in an effort to save a roster spot. It makes sense as to why.
There’s almost no scenario where a team would go through three quarterbacks over the course of one game. If an injury were to occur to the Steelers starting QB, they could have their backup finish the contest and promote their practice squad quarterback the following week.
Having Mason Rudolph on the roster almost certainly guarantees the Steelers keeping three quarterbacks in 2022, but I’m not sure if it’s the right move. If Kenny Pickett can win the QB2 job, the Steelers can get away with having just Mitch Trubisky and Pickett on the 53-man roster.
If both of these guys go down and Pittsburgh has to resort to Rudolph, their season is going to be toast anyway. The Steelers could still develop Chris Oladokun on the practice squad and sign a veteran if there’s an emergency when it comes to their depth at the position.