Summer vacation has begun for the NFL and the 90 players trying to make the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2014 roster.
The Steelers coaching staff got a look at those players at organized team activities and minicamp. Now there’s a respite before training camp begins July 25 at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA.
The picture will become clearer when these guys start practicing in pads and hitting for real. But those spring workouts provided a few hints. Based on what the Steelers have shown practicing in shorts, here’s a prediction for their final 53-man roster in 2014.
QB (3): Ben Roethlisberger, Bruce Gradkowski, Landry Jones
Nothing shocking here. Jones, a fourth-round pick last year, will hold off a challenge from undrafted rookie Brendon Kay and keep his roster spot. Gradkowski remains the top backup, but he’s 6-14 as a starter. If Roethlisberger misses any significant time, the Steelers will scan the waiver wire.
Roethlisberger played all 16 games last year for the first time since 2008. If the offensive line protects him the way it did in the second half of the 2013 season, Gradkowski and Jones again could be highly paid spectators in 2014.
That’s the way the Steelers want it.