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Jim Wexell, Mike Prisuta and Dale Lolley will finish the preseason with a continuing analysis of the formation of the Pittsburgh Steelers' roster. Here are their breakdowns:

Jim Wexell's 53-Man Roster

Quarterback (3)

Ben Roethlisberger, Charlie Batch, Dennis Dixon.

Notes: Funny that Roethlisberger is criticized for the way he deals with injuries, while the other two are China dolls.

Running back (5)

Willie Parker, Rashard Mendenhall, Mewelde Moore, Carey Davis, Frank Summers.

Notes: Summers needs to get healthy for the fourth game because the coaches like his explosiveness in all areas.

Wide receiver (5)

Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes, Limas Sweed, Mike Wallace, Shaun McDonald.

Tight end (3)

Heath Miller, Matt Spaeth, David Johnson.

Notes: McHugh's injury cements spot for Johnson, but will be able to pick him back up in Week 6 or so if rookie doesn't improve as iso blocker.

Offensive line (9)

Max Starks, Chris Kemoeatu, Justin Hartwig, Trai Essex, Willie Colon, Ramon Foster, Doug Legursky, Kraig Urbik, Tony Hills.

Notes: Legursky over Stapleton reverse of 2000 when Cowher kept Myslinski over Fraley; Urbik not pretty but earned spot with solid showing in two games; only trying to read coach's mind in choosing Hills.

Defensive line (7)

Brett Keisel, Casey Hampton, Aaron Smith, Chris Hoke, Nick Eason, Travis Kirschke, Ziggy Hood.

Notes: Kirschke trying to hold off Sonny Harris, and he seems to have position coach's undying love.

Linebacker (7)

James Harrison, Lawrence Timmons, James Farrior, LaMarr Woodley, Donovan Woods, Keyaron Fox, Andre Frazier.

Notes: Thin here, but Woods and Fox can play outside if necessary.

Cornerback (6)

Ike Taylor, William Gay, Deshea Townsend, Keenan Lewis, Joe Burnett, Anthony Madison.

Notes: One of the toughest calls for two players – Burnett small but was a Tomlin draft-season target, and Madison is twice the gunner of any other player in camp. But Keiwan Ratliff is a veteran corner who'd be nice to have in case of injury.

Safety (4)

Ryan Clark, Troy Polamalu, Tyrone Carter, Ryan Mundy.

Notes: Townsend barely played any safety at camp; nice-sized Mundy showed up on teams and versus run last week.

Specialist (4)

Jeff Reed, Dan Sepulveda, Greg Warren, Stefan Logan.

Notes: Five players listed below all hoping for a Logan fumble this week.

In The Hunt

54. Sonny Harris – Rookie DE raw, but might not make it to practice squad if waived.

55. Darnell Stapleton – Persistent knee problems could force surprising cut of last year's starting RG.

56. Keiwan Ratliff – Fight with Madison, and maybe even Burnett, will go down to wire.

57. Jason Capizzi – Staff seems committed to Hills and his finesse LT game.

58. Bruce Davis – His flickering chances need a sack or two down the stretch.

Mike Prisuta's 53-Man Roster

Quarterback (3)

Ben Roethlisberger, Charlie Batch, Dennis Dixon.

Running Back (4)

Willie Parker, Rashard Mendenhall, Mewelde Moore, Carey Davis.

Tight End (3)

Heath Miller, Matt Spaeth, David Johnson.

Notes: Johnson isn't on the team by default; he can block. He'd have beaten out a healthy Sean McHugh.

Wide Receiver (5)

Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes, Limas Sweed, Mike Wallace, Stefan Logan.

Notes: Necessity of finding a spot for return-specialist Logan costs either Brandon Williams or Shaun McDonald a job.

Offensive Line (10)

Max Starks, Chris Kemoeatu, Justin Hartwig, Trai Essex, Willie Colon, Darnell Stapleton, Ramon Foster, Tony Hills, Kraig Urbik, Jason Capizzi.

Notes: Hills and Urbik are on scholarship, not good enough to dress but in possession of too much potential upside to jettison given the difficulty of finding quality at the position. Essex is the backup LT as well as the starting RG.

Defensive Line (7)

Brett Keisel, Casey Hampton, Aaron Smith, Chris Hoke, Travis Kirschke, Nick Eason, Ziggy Hood.

Linebacker (8)

LaMarr Woodley, James Farrior, Lawrence Timmons, James Harrison, Andre Frazier, Keyaron Fox, Donovan Woods, Arnold Harrison.

Notes: Harrison gets the last spot because he plays all four LB positions.

Cornerback (6) Ike Taylor, William Gay, Deshea Townsend, Keenan Lewis, Joe Burnett, Keiwan Ratliff.

Safety (4)

Ryan Clark, Troy Polamalu, Tyrone Carter, Ryan Mundy.

Notes: Mundy is the only other true FS on the roster and can also play the Polamalu LB/DB hybrid position in the quarter defense.

Specialist (3)

Jeff Reed (K), Daniel Sepulveda (P) and Greg Warren (LS).

Notes: Piotr will Czech in somewhere else in the league someday.

In The Hunt

54. Anthony Madison – His CB play has improved and he's been an absolute demon on special teams, but the Steelers have an abundance of roster candidates this season who can play positions and play on teams.

55. Patrick Bailey: This LBer won team Rookie of the Year last year based solely on his special-teams excellence, but he didn't make the initial 53 last season, either.

56. Ra'Shon Harris – A definite for the practice squad given that the defensive line still isn't getting any younger.

57. Roy Lewis – DB was good enough to play in a game a year ago and he's good enough to play in the league.

58. Frank "The Tank" Summers – Another practice-squad lock. He'll make a 53 eventually.

Dale Lolley's 53-Man Roster

Quarterback (3) Ben Roethlisberger, Charlie Batch, Dennis Dixon.

Notes: Batch holds on to the No. 2 job for now thanks to Dennis Dixon's injury and the fact this is a veteran club ready to win now.

Running back (5)

Willie Parker, Mewelde Moore, Rashard Mendenhall, Carey Davis, Frank Summers.

Notes: Despite numerous attempts to cut him, Davis still does too many things well; The Tank better on special teams than Isaac Redman.

Wide receiver (5)

Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes, Limas Sweed, Mike Wallace, Shaun McDonald.

Notes: McDonald could start if something happens to Ward or Holmes. Not sure they'd trust Sweed with that now.

Tight end (3)

Heath Miller, Matt Spaeth, David Johnson.

Notes: I just have a feeling that Sean McHugh is going to end up on IR, opening the door for Johnson. The Steelers won't want to give the Bengals a tight end.

Offensive line (9)

Max Starks, Chris Kemoeatu, Justin Hartwig, Trai Essex, Willie Colon, Darnell Stapleton, Tony Hills, Kraig Urbik, Ramon Foster.

Notes: Yes, Hills is a finess player but he does have good feet and potential; Foster's momentum has slowed, but that's to be expected.

Defensive line (7)

Brett Keisel, Casey Hampton, Aaron Smith, Chris Hoke, Nick Eason, Ziggy Hood, Sonny Harris.

Notes: Hood can contribute right away, something the team didn't necessarily need but will take; Harris has opened some eyes when the bright lights have been on him.

Linebacker (8) James Harrison, James Farrior, Lawrence Timmons, LaMarr Woodley, Andre Frazier, Keyaron Fox, Donovan Woods, Bruce Davis.

Notes: Woods is a real special teams banger; Davis has shown enough improvement as a special teams player to stick as the fourth OLB.

Cornerback (6)

Ike Taylor, William Gay, Deshea Townsend, Keenan Lewis, Joe Burnett, Anthony Madison.

Notes: Burnett can't return kicks - yet - but he's the future Deshea Townsend; Madison, a pro's pro, gets nod on special teams play.

Safety (3)

Ryan Clark, Troy Polamalu, Tyrone Carter.

Specialist (4)

Jeff Reed, Daniel Sepulveda, Greg Warren, Stefan Logan.

Notes: Logan a specialist right now because he'll be a return man and emergency wide receiver and running back.

In The Hunt

54. Isaac Redman - The fact the RB barely played in the second game says team is trying to hide him for the practice squad. His lack of play on special teams is the difference.

55. Ryan Mundy – Burnett's inability to return kicks likely cost this safety a spot - at least for now. Townsend can play FS in a pinch.

56. Travis Kirschke – He's 34 with a cranky back. The two rookies are part of the future, and Kirschke could start for Denver.

57. Keiwan Ratliff - Ratliff was the team's insurance in case Townsend broke down in the preseason. That hasn't happened.

58. Patrick Bailey - The 2008 Rookie of the Year just not ready to contribute as an outside linebacker. He still has practice squad eligibility, though.


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