2015 Depth Charts Update: Pittsburgh Steelers

A breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' Depth Chart after Free Agency and the Draft.

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A breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' Depth Chart after Free Agency and the Draft.

2015 Depth Charts Update: Pittsburgh Steelers


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Notes

 

  • Gone are the days where the Steelers offensive line was one of the weaker spots on their offense. Kelvin Beachum, who finished 2014 as our fifth highest graded offensive tackle, allowing just 19 total pressures all year, headlines the group, but Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro and Marcus Gilbert are all better than average.

 

  • Outside of Antonio Brown, the Steelers need someone to step up and be their second wide receiver heading into this season. Markus Wheaton saw 760 snaps in his second season but, after an impressive opener against the Cleveland Browns in Week 1, was largely disappointing. Martavis Bryant saw less snaps than Wheaton at 306 in the regular season, but flashed potential at points. Another name to keep in mind is rookie Sammie Coates, who was inconsistent at Auburn, but was capable of big plays.

 

  • The Steelers drafted another young edge rusher in Bud Dupree and with Jarvis Jones already on the roster, it’ll be interesting to see how they divide snaps between the two young players and veterans Arthur Moats and James Harrison, both whom remain more than capable starters whose production dictates that they won’t be pushed aside merely by the promise of youth.

 

  • Cornerback remains a concern however, with William Gay the only player we have as anything better than average at this point. Cortez Allen was benched for the second year in a row, and we’re now two years removed from the 2012 season where he impressed. Antwon Blake has seen less than 300 snaps in his career and, while he hasn’t played badly, that’s still a question mark.
  • David Sandquist

    Love this site and this exercise. A few updates for the Steeler’s roster below.

    As it stands today, James Harrison is the back up to Jarvis Jones:
    http://www.steelersdepot.com/2015/06/things-involving-james-harrison-dont-always-go-according-to-plan/

    Chickillo is an OLB, not a DE – likely LOLB at his size:
    http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/Transcript-Joey-Porter-on-LB-Anthony-Chickillo/418a0a0f-7181-4e9f-b1fc-f768a9e5d8f0

    Jordan Zumwalt has practiced at both ILB and OLB, but he ended up at ILB for the 2014 season not an OLB. After drafting two OLBs, it’s likely he stays at ILB – likely WILB, if I had to guess:
    http://www.steelersdepot.com/2015/03/steelers-2014-player-exit-meetings-ilb-jordan-zumwalt/

    • Izach

      I have seen those changes to roster as well I seriously, SERIOUSLY doubt jones stays above Harrison on depth chart, if anything jones becomes the 4th guy IMO. Dupree will come in and quickly earn the reps as first backup.

      • Madi

        I think Jarvis will surprise you. No way is he #4 at any point this year, unless he gets injured.

        • Izach

          I hope so, if jones pans out I would be ecstatic because I’m fairly confident bud Dupree will be at least a consistent weapon like woodley before injuries

          • Rich.S

            Agreed.

    • Izach

      Also like Jordan zumwalt at ILB a bit stiff but has the length to make up for it IMO, if he gets stronger he could be a force. The chickillo guy I’ve read was forced to play out of position in college and he struggled with the extra weight of a DL but Im not sold on him as a OLB just yet cuz we will have to wait and see

    • Madi

      They also have Villanueva on the wrong side of the ball. He’s an OT, not a DE.

  • Ben Suchs

    The Ravens are kicking their chops. Where did the Squealers end up in the postseason? “Big” Ben the Fem washed outvas usual. He is old slow, and easy to sack. Suggs, Dumervil, and Mosely will eat him for snacks if the Most High allows for it.

  • Madi

    What does Le’Veon have to do to be blue/elite? He was the best RB in football last year, I think even according to PFF.

    It can’t be a consistency issue – they labeled some rookies blue/elite (Aaron Donald, for example).

    • Izach

      Be a top 50 player regardless of position they basically saying Donald was a better DT than bell was a RB, same with Odell beckham they say he was a better WR than bell was a RB that how they become elite

      • Madi

        Thanks for the explanation. I get it now, but I don’t like it any better. Aside from the fact I’d rather they assign elite status to all positions (unless really undeserving), I just don’t see how they can justify that, given the enormous impact Bell has on every single game. The best in the league at your position, at a very important position, and has one of the very biggest impacts out of every player on the field for every single game – that seems like the definition of elite to me.

        • Andrew

          Le’veon Bell is ranked 12th in their top 101 of 2014. That should be considered elite.

          • Madi

            Now I’m back to not getting it.