We are getting down to the nitty-gritty. Prior to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, August 29th, every NFL club must cut their 90-man summer roster all the way down to just 53 players. Some of these decisions will be easy, while others will have front offices racking their brains. The Pittsburgh Steelers have some players near the bottom of their roster who will be tough calls on cut-down day.
Through the first two preseason games of 2023, the Steelers have had numerous players stand out in a positive light on both sides of the football. At the same time, players who have previously held roster spots in Pittsburgh are in jeopardy of losing their jobs. Here are five players barely hanging onto roster spots with the Steelers.
Kendrick Green is running out of chances
Matt Canada tried to be as creative with Kendrick Green as possible during training camp this year. In his third NFL training camp, Green was playing fullback and H-back for the Steelers at times. However, we didn't see this during preseason action. Instead, Green -- who was a backup guard in 2022 -- is back playing center.
Unfortunately, the results leave a lot to be desired. Green has had some questionable snaps, but perhaps even more important than that, he still shows the inability to anchor against the pass rush. This has resulted in back-to-back underwhelming performances.
Kendrick Green knows that his job is at stake, but it just doesn't seem to matter. He might be working as hard as anyone, but he just can't seem to hold up well enough in the trenches. His last chance of securing a roster spot may have to come with added creativity from Matt Canada.
The one thing saving Green right now is the utter lack of competition at center outside of Mason Cole. It's still possible that Green could win the job by default, but it's safe to say that he's barely hanging onto a Steelers roster spot for the time being.