Pittsburgh Steelers: 5 Veterans Who Will Be Cut
5 Pittsburgh Steelers Veterans Who Deserve to Be Cut
With training camp approaching quickly, many NFL players are preparing themselves to battle for a spot on their team’s 53-man roster for the upcoming 2013 season. The same can be said for players within the Pittsburgh Steelers organization.
It’s obvious that many players will be cut leading up to the regular season, the majority of which will probably be undrafted rookies. However, there will be some ties cut from veteran players as well. Looking at the Steelers’ current roster, many of the veterans are starters and are very important parts to the chemistry of the team. Seeing players of that caliber cut from the roster is highly improbable.
Then there are the veteran players who have been buried on the depth chart for numerous years and are considered journeymen in the league. These veterans are the ones who will be on the chopping block during training camp and the preseason.
Pittsburgh’s depth at certain positions makes some of these veterans expendable. The additions that were made at running back during the offseason via the draft and free agency will make it very difficult for one player, and the same can be said for a quarterback that just signed with the team this offseason.
On the defensive side of the ball, there are a lot of vets with tons of experience, but I feel that none are deserving of being cut (at least not this season). I do feel that there are a couple that have a great chance of not wearing the black and gold this season.
Here are five veterans that I feel who deserve to get the axe this summer.
Al Woods played in three games last season for the Steelers and has worn four different NFL uniforms in his three years in the league. With the number of defensive linemen that are former first-round draft picks on Pittsburgh’s roster and the two that they drafted just over the past two years, Woods’ chances of making the team are slim to none.
Although Adrian Robinson had no regular-season experience in his one year in the league, the Steelers are kind of tight at the linebacker position. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Robinson on the practice squad for 2013.
John Parker Wilson
One of the first things the Steelers did this offseason was sign quarterback John Parker Wilson. Following this signing, Pittsburgh added veteran Bruce Gradkowski and drafted rookie Landry Jones. Looks like Wilson will be looking for his fourth team since joining the league in 2009.
Saying that wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery will be cut is somewhat of a longshot. The Steelers could definitely use as much veteran leadership at the wide receiver position as possible. The only way that Cotchery will be cut is if he is significantly outperformed by an unsuspecting young receiver like second-year man David Gilreath or rookie Justin Brown.
By far, this cut is probably the most obvious. Running back Baron Batch will only be auditioning for a spot to join another team this preseason. Batch was already behind veterans Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer last season. Now free-agent pickup LaRod Stephens-Howling and second-round draft pick LeVeon Bell have put Batch in the fifth spot of the backfield depth chart.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google+