Market Watch II

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.

Running back (5)

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

Notes: Isaac Redman wanted to come out of the game after his nifty catch-and-run, but Tomlin waved him off. He wants this back in better shape.

Wide receiver (5)

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

Tight end (3)

Heath Miller, Matt Spaeth, David Johnson.

Notes: Johnson flashed catch-and-run skills late Saturday night. He's done all that's been asked.

Offensive line (9)

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

Notes: Hills the only truly mobile lineman on the roster; Essex playing his rear end off lately.

Defensive line (7)

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

Notes: Kirschke hasn't slowed any as he showed some pass-rush flash Saturday.

Linebacker (7)

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

Cornerback (6)

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

Notes: Burnett put a hammerlock on his job with the blocked field goal and a quick break to knock down a pass.

Safety (4)

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

Notes: Mundy, who's still practice squad-eligible, didn't show up on teams Saturday. He could be fighting Ratliff for last secondary job.

Specialist (4)

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

Notes: Although he doesn't make the call on cutdown day, special teams coach was raving about Logan after the game.

In The Hunt

54. Darnell Stapleton (Up 1) – Moving up without even playing. He just needs to make it back to practice before the cut to make the team.

55. Keiwan Ratliff (Up 1) – Didn't show anything on teams, making it hard to beat out Madison.

56. Sonny Harris (Down 2)– Didn't enter game until midway through the fourth and was replaced later in drive. Coaches seem to have made up their mind to put him on the practice squad. Cross your fingers, coaches.

57. Patrick Bailey – Solid special teams player, while Bruce Davis was last OLB to enter game and did nothing on teams.

58. Jeremy Parquet – Can play both tackles and guard, and has no practice squad eligibility.

(Boldface indicates new player to writer's list.)

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.

Wide Receiver (5)

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

Notes: Logan sealed the deal against Buffalo.

Offensive Line (10)

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

Notes: The Steelers will probably opt for Jeremy Parquet over Capizzi. Parquet got in before Capizzi did against Buffalo and Parquet played RT and LT. But I still like the bigger, more powerful guy as the last lineman.

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.

Cornerback (6)

Ike Taylor, William Gay, Deshea Townsend, Keenan Lewis, Joe Burnett, Keiwan Ratliff.

Safety (4)

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

Specialist (3)

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

In The Hunt

54. Anthony Madison – There are those who maintain the Steelers will keep Madison over Ratliff, and they might at that. But Ratliff got another extended look at backup nickel against Buffalo, and Townsend shouldn't be perceived as indestructible at this stage of his career.

55. Patrick Bailey: This is a bad year to be a special teams-only guy not named Logan.

56. Ra'Shon Harris – He didn't get in on defense until 8:04 remained against the Bills, and then he was pulled for Scott Paxson with 6:37 left. Are the Steelers trying to hide Harris? Or, have they seen enough?

57. Roy Lewis – Should have blocked a field goal like Joe Burnett did.

58. Frank "The Tank" Summers – Injured and unavailable at the wrong time.

Dale Lolley's 53-Man Roster

Quarterback (3)

Ben Roethlisberger, Charlie Batch, Dennis Dixon.

Running back (5)

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

Notes: The Tank had better get his butt on the field for the final preseason game. But he's still holding down the spot over Isaac Redman because he's more versatile.

Wide receiver (5)

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

Notes: Maybe Sweed can step in as a starter, something he did against Buffalo.

Tight end (3)

Heath Miller, Matt Spaeth, David Johnson.

Notes: Johnson had a nice short-yardage block lining up at fullback in the first half against the Bills, even if Mendenhall didn't follow it. He also made a nifty catch for a first down in the second half. He's a younger, cheaper version of Sean McHugh with some upside.

Offensive line (9)

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

Notes: Legursky's in for Ramon Foster because Legursky's more valuable on game days and it will take Stapleton time to get his legs under him. There have to be some concessions made to winning now.

Defensive line (7)

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

Linebacker (8)

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

Notes: Bruce Davis loses the last spot to Arnold Harrison. Davis is just too soft to be a linebacker on this team. Arnold Harrison can play inside or outside.

Cornerback (6)

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

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 - After making a 19-yard catch-and-run Redman tapped his head but Mike Tomlin kept him on the field and had him carry the ball on the next play, then spoke to the rookie after the clock ran out to end the quarter. He's just not ready to contribute this season.

55. Ryan Mundy – Safeties are much easier to find than young cornerbacks. And since Deshea Townsend isn't going anywhere, Mundy is the loser in the Stefan Logan roster sweepstakes.

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 - He did have a nice highlight video at halftime against the Bills. He'll likely slide to the practice squad.


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