With the NFL draft now in our rear view mirror, its time to look at how the Steelers’ roster will shape up. There are six new talented players ready to push veterans for their roster spot. Let’s take a look at the top five Steelers who are in danger of losing their jobs for the 2020 season:
1. Kerrith Whyte
With the addition of running back Anthony McFarland, the speed running back position is now heavy by one. Whyte did show some flashes in his limited tile last season. He may have just enough to land a practice squad spot in 2020.
2. Jaylen Samuels:
Fourth round pick Anthony McFarland will more than likely send two Steelers running backs packing. The team generally only keeps three backs leaving both Whyte and Samuels on the chopping block. Samuels lack of speed hurts him in a group that desperately needs some. Steelers offense has a need for speed
3. Deon Cain:
While Deon Cain wouldn’t be our first choice for Chase Claypool to replace, he may very well be the Steelers. We know the top four will be Smith-Schuster, Washington, Johnson, and Claypool. The fifth wide receiver would probably come down to Cain and Ryan Switzer. Given the seemingly tight bond between Switzer and Ben Roethlisberger, you can guess who will be the odd man out.
4. Jordan Dangerfield:
I know you’ve heard this one before. It seems like every off-season the speculation is that Jordan Dangerfield has played his last game with the Steelers. And every year he fights his way back on to the roster. Once again Dangerfield will be in a dog fight for his job. Colbert drafted his possible replacement Antoine Brooks in the sixth round. Brooks is younger, cheaper, and probably even more talented.
5. Tuzar Skipper:
Steelers nation went into a frenzy when pre-season sack leader Tuzar Skipper was cut at the beginning of last season. They may have to deal with the same situation again in 2020. https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2019/10/18/Why-did-the-Steelers-allow-Tuzar-Skipper-and-Fred-Johnson-to-get-away-Mike-Tomlin-Kevin-Colbert-Diontae-Spencer/stories/201910200036
Third round pick Alex Highsmith immediately becomes third on the depth chart at outside linebacker. The battle for the fourth spot will come down to Skipper and Ola Adeniyi. While its not unheard of for Pittsburgh to keep five outside linebackers, if they only keep four Skipper could find himself on the street once again.
Keep Cain, cut Switzer, cut Dangerfield, and I’m on the fence with Samuels. Everydody else should stay