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    Default Stillers Blog, by Ken Laird

    OK, this is "slightly" dated, because it was from a few days ago before we had the last two guys sign... But it's something "new" to read, since the news is awful slow right now...
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    Stillers Blog
    Ken Laird
    June 16, 2010

    The Steelers made seven roster cuts yesterday, getting their offseason number down to 83. Released were WR Jason Chery, K Piotr Czech, LB Derrick Doggett, P Adam Graessle, NT Cordarrow Thompson, C Bradley Vierling, and CB Trae Williams.

    Three additional players will need to be released when the final four unsigned rookies (Pouncey, Worilds, Butler, Scott) are signed to their entry contracts. The team needs to be at the 80-man roster limit when training camp opens on July 30th.

    Let's revisit what the Steelers depth chart and camp battles are looking like now that spring workouts are done and some cuts have been made:

    [HIGH-LIGHT]QUARTERBACK[/HIGH-LIGHT]
    LOCKS (3): Ben Roethlisberger, Byron Leftwich, Dennis Dixon
    QUESTION MARKS (1): Charlie Batch (Will they keep 4 QBs through Ben's suspension?)

    [HIGH-LIGHT]RUNNING BACK[/HIGH-LIGHT]
    LOCKS (2): Rashard Mendenhall, Mewelde Moore
    LIKELY (2): Frank Summers (got lots of first-team reps in minicamp), Jonathan Dwyer
    QUESTION MARKS (3): Issac Redman (looking like Redman has to beat out Dwyer for a spot), Justin Vincent, Demetrius Taylor (the only true fullback will get his shot to blow people up in Latrobe)

    [HIGH-LIGHT]WIDE RECEIVER[/HIGH-LIGHT]
    LOCKS (2): Hines Ward, Mike Wallace
    LIKELY (3): Antwaan Randle El, Arnaz Battle, Emmanuel Sanders
    QUESTION MARKS (5): Antonio Brown, Stefan Logan (in trouble if Wallace, Sanders, and/or Antonio Brown take his return duties), Tyler Grisham, Brandon London, Isaiah Williams

    [HIGH-LIGHT]TIGHT END[/HIGH-LIGHT]
    LOCKS (1): Heath Miller
    LIKELY (2): Matt Spaeth, David Johnson
    QUESTION MARKS (2): Sean McHugh, Eugene Bright

    [HIGH-LIGHT]TACKLE[/HIGH-LIGHT]
    LOCKS (2): Max Starks, Willie Colon
    LIKELY (1): Jonathan Scott (was running second team RT in minicamp)
    QUESTION MARKS (2): Tony Hills (second team LT in minicamp, but needs to show big improvement in Latrobe), Kyle Jolly

    [HIGH-LIGHT]GUARD[/HIGH-LIGHT]
    LOCKS (3): Chris Kemoeatu, Trai Essex (also can play tackle), Maurkice Pouncey (replaces Essex at starting RG in Week 5?)
    LIKLEY (1): Ramon Foster (2nd team LG in minicamp)
    QUESTION MARKS (3): Chris Scott (the 5th round draft pick will have to show promise at guard or tackle), Kraig Urbik (see center position below), Dorian Brooks

    [HIGH-LIGHT]CENTER[/HIGH-LIGHT]
    LOCKS (1): Justin Hartwig
    LIKELY (1): Doug Legursky (was running 1st team center at minicamp with Hartwig coming off shoulder surgery)
    QUESTION MARKS (1): Kraig Urbik (taking reps at second team center in minicamp, in addition to third team left guard)

    [HIGH-LIGHT]NOSE TACKLE[/HIGH-LIGHT]
    LOCKS (1): Casey Hampton
    LIKELY (1): Chris Hoke
    QUESTION MARKS (1): Scott Paxson (a good insurance policy, but has no more practice squad availability)

    [HIGH-LIGHT]DEFENSIVE END[/HIGH-LIGHT]
    LOCKS (3): Aaron Smith, Brett Keisel, Ziggy Hood
    LIKELY (1): Nick Eason
    QUESTION MARKS (3): Sunny Harris (the team likes him, but is there room to keep? Probably has to beat out Eason), Steve McLendon, Doug Worthington

    [HIGH-LIGHT]INSIDE LINEBACKER[/HIGH-LIGHT]
    LOCKS (4): James Farrior, Lawrence Timmons, Larry Foote, Keyaron Fox
    QUESTION MARKS (3): Stevenson Sylvester, Patrick Bailey (special teams ace facing a tough numbers game), Renauld Williams

    [HIGH-LIGHT]OUTSIDE LINEBACKER[/HIGH-LIGHT]
    LOCKS (2): James Harrison, LaMarr Woodley
    LIKELY (2): Jason Worilds, Thaddeus Gibson
    QUESTION MARKS (3): Andre Frazier (feeling what Bailey is feeling), Johnny Williams, Lindsey Witten

    [HIGH-LIGHT]CORNERBACK[/HIGH-LIGHT]
    LOCKS (2): Ike Taylor, Bryant McFadden
    LIKELY (4): William Gay, Joe Burnett, Keenan Lewis, Crezdon Butler
    QUESTION MARKS (2): Anthony Madison (doubtful special teams is enough reason to keep him this year with Arnaz Battle a good gunner on punt coverage), Dexter Pittman

    [HIGH-LIGHT]SAFETY[/HIGH-LIGHT]
    LOCKS (4): Troy Polamalu, Ryan Clark, Will Allen (former special teams captain), Ryan Mundy
    QUESTION MARKS (3): Tuff Harris, Justin Thornton, Da'mon Cromartie-Smith

    [HIGH-LIGHT]SPECIALISTS[/HIGH-LIGHT]
    LOCKS (2): Daniel Sepulveda, Jeff Reed
    QUESTION MARKS (2): Greg Warren, Matt Stewart

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    Default Re: Stillers Blog, by Ken Laird

    Ken Laird actually seems to be somewhat knowlegeable, unlike Mark Madden.

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