Running down the roster

And you thought you could read the Steelers' roster without having an opinion forced upon you. Not here, my friend. We have comments about everyone.

Number Name Position Ht Wt Exp College
2 Brian St. Pierre QB  6-2 220 2 Boston College
Comment: must show significant improvement, or receive help from an injury, to make team.
3 Jeff Reed K 5-11 226 3 North Carolina
Comment: hip surgery in the off-season followed sophomore slump.
5 Mike Barr P 6-2 230 1 Rutgers
Comment: not much more than camp fodder.
6 Rob Bironas K 6-0 200 1 Georgia Southern
Comment: a cut above simple fodder because of Reed's surgery.
7 Ben Roethlisberger QB 6-5 242 R Miami (OH)
Comment: Dirt Winston schemed against him in the MAC and believes he's the next Bradshaw.
8 Tommy Maddox QB 6-4 220 8 UCLA
Comment: received a $2 million check to remain happy now as a starter and in the future as a back-up.
14 Glenn Martinez WR 6-2 182 R Saginaw Valley State
Comment: sticky-fingered receiver once amassed 123 receiving yards against IUP.
15 Huey Whittaker WR 6-4 234 R South Florida
big wideout will receive a long look from the coaching staff.
16 Charlie Batch QB 6-2 220 7 Eastern Michigan
Comment: difficult to envision him as anything but Maddox's back-up this season.
17 Chris Gardocki P 6-1 200 14 Clemson
Comment: expensive replacement for injury-plagued Josh Miller has never had punt blocked.
18 Brian Robinson WR 6-3 205 1 Houston
Comment: another big wideout, he's back for a second look.
19 Zamir Cobb WR 5-11 180 R Temple
Comment: jitterbugging slot man ranks with Whittaker as rookie free agents with best chances to stick with offense.
20 Janssen Patton S 5-11 191 R Bowling Green
Comment: on paper the former corner should rank as solid safety candidate but doesn't create excitement.
21 Ricardo Colclough CB 5-11 195 R Tusculum
Comment: second-round draft pick could be team's best corner by end of season, if not training camp.
22 Duce Staley RB 5-11 220 8 South Carolina
Comment: a heart-and-soul player in the Hines Ward mold.
23 Terry Fair CB 5-9 193 6 Tennessee
Comment: showed so little in the spring the team added Willie Williams to compete for spot in defensive backfield.
24 Ike Taylor CB 6-0 195 2 LA-Lafayette
Comment: rapidly improving player who deserved a pro version of a spring workout award.
25 Nashville Dyer CB 5-10 180 1 Kent
Comment: brought back for second camp but faces numbers crunch.
26 Deshea Townsend CB 5-9 191 7 Alabama
Comment: set to assume starting job on right side after six-year apprentice.
27 Willie Williams CB 5-9 182 12 Western Carolina
Comment: experience on special teams a plus in hunt for last spot on cornerback depth chart.
28 Chris Hope S 6-0 214 3 Florida State
Comment: slated to move into starting lineup at free safety.
29 Chidi Iwuoma CB 5-8 184 4 California
Comment: team's best kick coverer will be pushed for job by Fair and/or Williams.
30 Chad Scott CB 6-1 205 8 Maryland
Comment: considering his big contract and youthful back-ups, this could be his last year with the team.
31 Mike Logan S 6-0 212 8 West Virginia
Comment: you know you're getting old when "McKeesport Mike" enters his eighth NFL season.
33 Russell Stuvaints S 6-0 200 2 Youngstown State
Comment: active for the last four games last year and played well on special teams.
34 Verron Haynes RB 5-9 224 3 Georgia
Comment: comes to camp healthy after an injury the previous season - again.
35 Dan Kreider FB 5-11 246 5 New Hampshire
Comment: turning into one of the league's premier lead blockers.
36 Jerome Bettis RB 5-11 252 12 Notre Dame
Comment: at this stage still has value as a No. 2 back.
37 Robert Blizzard TE 6-4 265 R North Carolina
Comment: needs a spectacular camp, and maybe even an injury, to make the team, but practice squad probable.
37 Ainsley Battles S 5-10 200 5 Vanderbilt
Comment: son of a rocket scientist returns to original team to push Stuvaints for a job.
38 Darryl Kennedy FB 6-0 230 R Syracuse
Comment: a present for Spencer's special teams is longshot.
39 Willie Parker RB 5-10 208 R North Carolina
Comment: scrappy, hustling back will gain yards in the fourth quarters of this preseason.
40 Allen Augustin LB 6-0 225 R Florida State
Comment: smart overachiever was a college walk-on before becoming a two-year starter at middle linebacker.
42 Nick McNeil LB 6-2 244 R Western Carolina
Comment: given a draftable grade by the team, this free agent could win an outside linebacker job with his coverage skills.
43 Troy Polamalu S 5-10 213 2 Southern Cal
Comment: speedy strong safety should be valuable piece for new coordinator LeBeau.
44 Dedrick Roper LB 6-2 256 R Northwood
Comment: undrafted outside linebacker can win job with pass-rushing skills.
45 Chance Pearce LS 6-2 246 1 Texas A&M
Comment: seventh-round draft pick in 2003 was the final preseason cut by the Texans.
46 Dante Brown RB 6-1 218 2 Memphis
Comment: smooth glider needs to get down and dirty to make the team this year.
47 Josh Burr OT 6-9 320 1 South Dakota
Comment: torn ACL ruined season in Europe, not to mention spring workouts.
48 Matt Cushing TE 6-4 255 6 Illinois
Comment: no longer the cheap alternative, will be pushed by those who are.
49 J.T. Wall FB 6-0 265 1 Georgia
Comment: needs to improve blocking skills to compete for fifth and final spot on the depth chart.
50 Larry Foote LB 6-0 234 3 Michigan
Comment: they said it couldn't be done, but he's added even more tattoos.
51 James Farrior LB 6-2 242 8 Virginia
Comment: reliable tackler at chew-em'-up buck position negotiated a new 5 year contract.
53 Clark Haggans LB 6-3 251 5 Colorado State
Comment: moving in for Gildon, head coach can't keep this guy down anymore.
54 Mike Schneck LS 6-0 246 6 Wisconsin
Comment: commanded big bonus even though team brought in two other long snappers.
55 Joey Porter LB 6-2 250 6 Colorado State
Comment: pain in the butt reason for poor 2003.
56 Chukky Okobi C 6-1 310 4 Purdue
Comment: appears destined for one more season as back-up to Hartings.
57 Clint Kriewaldt LB 6-1 242 6 Wisc.-Stevens Point
Comment: back-up buck backer may replace Haggans as captain of special teams.
60 Josh Parrish G 6-6 337 R Washington State
Comment: big man can move a little but needs an injury or two to make roster.
61 Morgan Pears OT 6-6 325 1 Colorado State
Comment: longshot but ended last season on the practice squad.
62 Jimond Pugh C 6-2 300 1 Memphis
Comment: also ended last season on practice squad, has versatility and familiarity of system going for him.
64 Jeff Hartings C 6-3 301 9 Penn State
Comment: didn't have nearly the trouble with his knee that he had in the spring and summer of 2003.
65 Bo Lacy OT 6-4 303 R Arkansas
Comment: blue-collar mauler expected to give Fordham serious run for his job.
66 Alan Faneca G 6-5 312 7 LSU
Comment: ended season at left tackle and will thankfully return to left guard, where he might be the best in the game.
67 Kimo von Oelhoffen DE 6-4 300 11 Boise State
Comment: enjoyed revival last season with team-high eight sacks.
68 Keydrick Vincent G 6-5 330 4 Mississippi
Comment: struggles as replacement at left guard last year were vastly overstated by reporters looking to make selves look better.
69 Drew Caylor C/LS 6-5 288 R Stanford
Comment: converted defensive lineman considered, as sixth-rounder, to be team's biggest draft mistake.
71 Todd Fordham OT 6-5 320 8 Florida State
Comment: in excellent shape after awful first season with team.
72 Barrett Brooks OT 6-4 325 9 Kansas State
Comment: keep his phone number handy if rookies win back-up tackle jobs.
73 Kendall Simmons G 6-3 313 3 Auburn
Comment: ready and rarin' to go after 2003 season was ruined by pre-camp discovery of diabetes.
74 Jim Jones G 6-3 325 1 Notre Dame
Comment: has NFL experience so he could be a player to watch at camp.
76 Chris Hoke DT 6-3 296 4 BYU
Comment: has been inactive for 43 of 45 career games and didn't play in two others, so no one really knows if he can.
77 Marvel Smith OT 6-5 310 5 Arizona State
Comment: now here's a guy who could command more money by holding out.
78 Max Starks OT 6-7 343 R Florida
Comment: third-round pick probably won't progress as quickly as fans hope.
79 Oliver Ross OT 6-5 317 7 Iowa State
Comment: working hard to upgrade disastrous right tackle position.
80 Plaxico Burress WR 6-5 226 5 Michigan State
Comment: came off poor season with holdout, possibly fracturing relationship with the hard-working Ward.
81 Freddie Milons WR 5-11 190 3 Alabama
Comment: kept out of 2003 season to safeguard the conditional draft pick offered in trade, so he could surprise.
82 Antwaan Randle El WR 5-10 186 3 Indiana
Comment: winning smile and attitude in spite of losing pedigree (see Cubs, Hoosiers).
83 Chris Doering WR 6-4 202 7 Florida
Comment: good hands, hustle, attitude, even gave team thumbs-up to draft Starks after playing him in basketball.
84 Jerame Tuman TE 6-4 255 6 Michigan
Comment: will the promotion of his old position coach to coordinator help?
85 Jay Riemersma TE 6-5 255 9 Michigan
Comment: proved he could split the cover-2 seams, but needs to stay healthy.
86 Hines Ward WR 6-0 205 7 Georgia
Comment: underpaid and superproductive receiver realizes his time might be up when current contract expires.
88 Matt Kranchick TE 6-7 255 R Penn State
Comment: sources in State College feel Paterno made a big mistake in waiting so long to use him.
89 Lee Mays WR 6-2 200 3 Texas-El Paso
Comment: reporters have agreed not to fall for any more Mr. August performances out of this guy.
90 Travis Kirschke DT 6-3 286 8 UCLA
Comment: starter last season with 49ers provides solid depth up front.
91 Aaron Smith DE 6-5 300 6 Northern Colorado
Comment: possibly the best 3-4 end in the game.
93 Nathaniel Adibi LB 6-3 255 R Virginia Tech
Comment: will be pushed by rookie free agents for job as Haggans' back-up.
94 David Upchurch DT 6-3 285 1 West Virginia
Comment: going wire-to-wire last season on the practice squad helped his chances.
95 Alonzo Jackson LB 6-4 262 2 Florida State;
Comment: determined to prove he wasn't a second-round bust last season.
96 Kendrick Clancy NT 6-1 292 5 Mississippi
Comment: another whose guaranteed minimum salary is growing beyond reasonable bounds.
97 Kendrell Bell LB 6-1 254 4 Georgia
Comment: two-down player awaiting Dr. LeBeau's prescription.
98 Casey Hampton NT 6-1 320 4 Texas
Comment: one publication raved about his improved conditioning, but he looked as flabby as ever during spring workouts.
99 Brett Keisel DE 6-5 290 2 BYU
Comment: return from injury not only bolsters depth up front, but gives Spencer his wedge-buster back.
xx Shane Walton S 5-11 184 2 Notre Dame
Comment: another competitor for the fourth safety position, which was not addressed during the draft.

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