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Pittsburgh Steelers' projected roster

Examining the Pittsburgh Steelers' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)

No change here, though, I need to see more from Jones to solidify his spot on the roster.

RUNNING BACKS (5)

Poole is a new addition here as I think the Steelers keep four running backs -- Johnson is a fullback -- if the final one to make the roster can contribute on special teams.

WIDE RECEIVERS (5)

A fourth running back means one less wide receiver. Darrius Heyward-Bey is the odd man out for now.

TIGHT ENDS (3)

Keep an eye on Eric Waters, who signed with the team as an undrafted free agent, if the Steelers keep four tight ends. I don't have them doing that since Will Johnson also plays tight end.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

I have Hubbard making the team over veteran Guy Whimper. Johnson's versatility will make it too risky to try to sneak the rookie fifth-round pick onto the practice squad.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (6)

I had veteran defensive end Brett Keisel re-signing with the Steelers at some point during preseason practice. It still could happen but it might take an injury up front for the Steelers to bring back "Da Beard." McCullers, the rookie defensive tackle, makes his first appearance on my projected 53-man roster.

LINEBACKERS (9)

Jones, who signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent, bumps Chris Carter from the projected 53-man roster this week. Garvin makes his way onto it, though, I see a real battle shaping up between him and rookie Jordan Zumwalt if the latter can stay healthy. Zumwalt has practiced sparingly because of groin tightness.

CORNERBACKS (5)

An extra linebacker means one less cornerback. I have Blake and Richardson making the roster over Brice McCain.

SAFETIES (5)

Golden is back on the list, though, one to watch here is Jordan Dangerfield, who signed a futures contract with the Steelers last January. The hard-hitting safety has opened some eyes with the first part of camp.

SPECIALISTS (3)

No change here even though Podlesh has yet to report to training camp -- his wife is due to give birth -- and he and Brad Wing at list as the co-No. 1 punters on the first depth chart released by the Steelers.