September 25, 2021

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History Indicates Reason To Believe More Help Coming Soon For 2021 Steelers

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Now that the Pittsburgh Steelers 2021 rookie minicamp practices have concluded it’s the time of the year when we will soon see another round of 53-man roster predictions well before the team reports to Latrobe for the start of training camp. While these roster prediction exercises are indeed fun to do and evaluate, the odds of any one of them ultimately being 100 percent accurate are very, very slim and for several obvious reasons.

While injuries and training camp battles usually play a big role in which players ultimately make the Steelers 53-man roster every year, the fact that the team has a long history of having players who weren’t under contract with the team during the start of organized team activities that follow the rookie minicamp weekend that wound up on their Week 1 roster also needs to be greatly acknowledged.

In case you need your annual reminder, dating back to the 2012 season, the Steelers have had an average of at least three players on their 53-man roster for Week 1 that weren’t even under contract with the team following rookie minicamp weekend taking place.

Last year, for example, the Steelers added wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud, quarterback Joshua Dobbs, safety Sean Davis and punter Dustin Colquitt to the team just prior to the regular season getting underway. McCloud was the earliest add of those four players on Aug. 21, which was way after training camp had gotten underway.

In 2019, wide receiver Johnny Holton was signed to the offseason roster on May 13, and he was on the Week 1 roster that year. That year was also the only year the Steelers had just one player on their 53-man roster that wasn’t with the team after their annual rookie minicamp took place.

Remember the additions of tackle Zach Banner and wide receiver Ryan Switzer in 2018? Banner was signed to the offseason roster after training camp got underway that year while Switzer was acquired via a trade right before the regular season got underway.

If you are starving for more examples dating back to 2012, I have them listed below.

So, can we count on the Steelers adding another player or two before the start of the 2021 regular season that will ultimately be on the team’s Week 1 53-man roster? I would bet money on that happening. Outside linebacker, tight end, and safety are three positions for the Steelers that might could still use some attention via a free agent addition in the next 17 weeks. We have already seen the Steelers add defensive back Arthur Maulet since the draft took place. Additionally, the Steelers apparently had interest in signing outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan before he inked a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles a few days ago.

In closing, no, the Steelers are not done building the bottom of their 53-man roster for 2021 so that should give all of you something to look forward to for the next 17 weeks.

Players On Steelers Week 1 53-Man Roster Not With Team During Rookie Minicamp Weekend (2012-2020)
2020
Player Date Acquired How Acquired
Ray-Ray McDonald 21-Aug Signed
Joshua Dobbs 6-Sep Signed
Sean Davis 6-Sep Signed
Dustin Colquitt 7-Sep Signed
2019
Player Date Acquired How Acquired
Johnny Holton 13-May Signed
2018
Player Date Acquired How Acquired
Zach Banner 12-Aug Signed
Ryan Switzer 27-Aug Trade
2017
Player Date Acquired How Acquired
Vance McDonald 29-Aug Trade
Joe Haden 30-Aug Signed
J.J. Wilcox 3-Sep Trade
2016
Player Date Acquired How Acquired
Zach Mettenberger 31-Aug Waivers
Justin Gilbert 3-Sep Trade
2015
Player Date Acquired How Acquired
Brandon Boykin 1-Aug Trade
Doug Legursky 25-Aug Signed
Michael Vick 25-Aug Signed
Josh Scobee 31-Aug Trade
Ross Cockrell 5-Sep Signed
Jordan Todman 6-Sep Signed
Caushaud Lyons 6-Sep Waivers
2014
Player Date Acquired How Acquired
Brett Keisel 19-Aug Signed
B.W. Webb 29-Aug Waivers
2013
Player Date Acquired How Acquired
Michael Palmer 8-Aug Waivers
Felix Jones 23-Aug Trade
Cody Wallace 1-Sep Signed
Zoltan Mesko 2-Sep Signed
Antwon Blake 2-Sep Waivers
2012
Player Date Acquired How Acquired
Max Starks 17-Jul Signed
DeMarcus Van Dyke 7-Sep Signed

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