Today was cut day. All 32 NFL teams have until 9:00p.m. to announce their 53-man roster. The Steelers wasted no time announcing theirs.
There were a few surprises, but for the most part, everything went as most fans probably expected.
The biggest surprises were that they cut Trai Essex and Jeremy Kapinos. Essex has managed to hang onto a position for years, despite his obvious deficiencies. I guess that position flexibility outweighs overall ineptitude.
One move that may have come as a surprise to some, but not to me, was that they chose to keep Charlie Batch. Batch clearly outplayed the much younger Jerrod Johnson during the preseason. And his knowledge, experience, and leadership made him an easy selection, despite his age.
Despite generating a lot of excitement when he was drafted, due to his size and speed, the Steelers also cut rookie wide receiver Toney Clemons.
So the Steelers’ 2012 roster is as follows:
Quarterbacks (3): Ben Roethlisberger, Byron Leftwich, & Charlie Batch.
Running Backs (6): Rashard Mendenhall, Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer, Baron Batch, Chris Rainey, & Will Johnson
Offensive Linemen (9): Max Starks, Willie Colon, Maurkice Pouncey, Ramon Foster, Marcus Gilbert, Mike Adams, Doug Legursky, David DeCastro, & Kelvin Beachum.
Wide receivers (4): Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, Jericho Cotchery
Tight Ends (3): Heath Miller, Weslye Saunders*, Leonard Pope, and David Paulson
Defensive Linemen (7): Ziggy Hood, Casey Hampton, Brett Keisel, Al Woods, Steve McLendon, Cameron Heyward, Alemeda Ta’amu
Linebackers (9): LaMarr Woodley, Larry Foote, Lawrence Timmons, Chris Carter, Brandon Johnson, Stevenson Sylvester, Adrian Robinson, James Harrison, Jason Worilds.
Cornerbacks (4): Ike Taylor, Keenan Lewis, Cortez Allen, Curtis Brown
Safeties (5): Troy Polamalu, Ryan Clark, Ryan Mundy, Will Allen, Robert Golden
Kicker: Shawn Suisham
Punter: Drew Butler
Long Snapper: Greg Warren
Injured Reserve: Sean Spence
Note: Weslye Saunders is not technically on the team because he is suspended for the first 4 games. When he comes back, David Paulson will probably be moved to the practice squad.