2014 Steelers Training Camp Guide: The players



Beat writer Ed Bouchette breaks down the roster that the Steelers will open camp with on Friday.

(No. Name - Ht. / Wt. - Exp. - College - Skinny)

Quarterbacks

3    Landry Jones          6-3 / 221       2           Oklahoma            Needs a good camp

5    Bruce Gradkowski   6-1 / 220       9           Toledo                 Solid vet at No. 2

7    Ben Roethlisberger  6-5 / 241       11         Miami (Ohio)        Reason they can contend

8    Brendon Kay           6-4 / 228       R          Cincinnati            Rookie, had a good spring

Running backs

13   Dri Archer               5-8 / 173       R          Kent State            Haley’s new secret weapon

26   Le’Veon Bell           6-1 / 244       2           Michigan State      Franco-like ability

27   LeGarrette Blount    6-0 / 250       5           Oregon                 Big, tough backup

30   Miguel Maysonet     5-10 / 210     1           Stony Brook          Seven teams in one year

33   Alvester Alexander   5-11 / 213     1           Wyoming              All of 2013 on practice squad

38   Tauren Poole           5-10 / 210     2           Tennessee            3rd year, 3rd team, hasn’t played

46   Will Johnson           6-2 / 238       3           West Virginia         Only FB on the roster

49   Jordan Hall              5-9 / 191       R          Ohio State             Jeannette grad signed after tryout

Wide receivers

10  Martavis Bryant         6-4 / 211          R       Clemson               Could start, could be No. 4

11  Markus Wheaton       5-11 / 182        2        Oregon State        Could start, could be No. 4

14  Derek Moye              6-5 / 210          2        Penn State           Trying to make team again

15  Justin Brown             6-3 / 209          1        Oklahoma             Pushing Moye for No. 5

16  Lance Moore             5-9 / 190          9        Toledo                  Slot, possession vet

17  Lanear Sampson       5-11 / 205        1         Baylor                  Has some explosion

18  C.J. Goodwin             6-3 / 190         R        California (PA)       Late addition in spring

19  Kashif Moore             5-9 / 180         1         Connecticut          Little man with talent

84  Antonio Brown           5-10 / 186        5        Central Michigan   Keeps getting better

85  Darrius Heyward-Bey  6-2 / 219         6         Maryland             Speedy vet pick-up

88  Danny Coale              6-0 / 187         1         Virginia Tech        Could be a surprise sleeper

Tight ends

45  Bryce Davis               6-3 / 245         1             Cent. Oklahoma      Long snapper, too

80  Eric Waters               6-5 / 245         R             Missouri                 H-back capable

81  David Paulson            6-4 / 246         3             Oregon                   Fell to No. 4 in 2013

82  Michael Palmer          6-5 / 252         5             Clemson                Solid as No. 3 in 2013

83  Heath Miller               6-5 / 256         10            Virginia                  A rock on offense

87  Rob Blanchflower       6-4 / 256          R            Massachusetts       There’s room for him

89  Matt Spaeth              6-7 / 260          8             Minnesota              Holding at No. 2

Offensive linemen

53  Maurkice Pouncey   6-4 / 304           5               Florida                Fresh off new contract

61  Chris Elkins             6-4 / 300          R               Youngstown St.  Hoping for practice squad

62  Emmanuel McCray   6-5 / 316          R               Mississippi         See Elkins above

65  Will Simmons          6-5 / 342           R              East Carolina      See McCray above

66  David DeCastro        6-5 / 316           3               Stanford             Time for a Pro Bowl

67  Wesley Johnson      6-5 / 297           R               Vanderbilt          There’s a spot open for him

68  Kelvin Beachum       6-3 / 303           3               SMU                 Still standing as No. 1 LT

71  David Snow             6-4 / 303            2              Texas                C/G joined team in December

72  Cody Wallace          6-4 / 300            5              Texas A&M        Re-signed as backup C/G

73  Ramon Foster          6-6 / 325            6              Tennessee         Veteran leader of the group

74  Chris Hubbard          6-4 / 286            1              UAB                  On 2013 practice squad

76  Mike Adams            6-7 / 323            3              Ohio State         Pushing for starting job

77  Marcus Gilbert         6-6 / 330            4              Florida               Started all 16 at RT in 2013

78  Guy Whimper          6-5 / 315            9              East Carolina      Veteran G/C backup

79  Bryant Browning      6-4 / 325            1              Ohio State          4th year, 5th team, 1 GP

Specialists

4   Adam Podlesh-a      5-11 / 200          8                Maryland           Veteran free-agent signing

6   Shaun Suisham-b     6-0 / 200          10               Bowling Green   Most accurate in team history

9   Brad Wing-a             6-3 / 205           1                LSU                  Pushing Podlesh for job

60 Greg Warren-c          6-3 / 252          10               North Carolina   10th season with Steelers

a-punter b-kicker c-long snapper

Defensive linemen

62  Roy Philon             6-3 / 291           R                Louisville         Undersized rookie DT

65  Al Lapuaho            6-2 / 301           1                Utah State        Miami practice squad in 2013

67  Nick Williams        6-4 / 309            2                Samford           Spent 2013 on IR

69  Brian Arnfelt          6-4 / 298            2                Northwestern    Looked good in 2013 camp

71  Josh Mauro           6-6 / 282            R               Stanford           Some say another Keisel?

74  Daniel McCullers   6-7 / 352            R               Tennessee        Big. Maybe too big

79  Ethan Hemer         6-6 / 285            R               Wisconsin        Hoping for practice squad

90  Steve McLendon    6-4 / 320            5               Troy                  Extra 17 pounds should help

91  Stephon Tuitt         6-5 / 303            R              Notre Dame       Pushing to start

92  Hebron Fangupo    6-0 / 324             2               Brigham Young  Built like a NT

96  Cam Thomas         6-4 / 330            5               North Carolina    UFA, backup end/NT

97 Cameron Heyward   6-5 / 288            4               Ohio State         2013 breakout season

Linebackers

34  Howard Jones         6-4 / 238            R             Shepherd           Undrafted, looking for a spot

45  Dan Molls               6-0 / 238            1             Toledo                Can’t have enough ex-Rockets

48  Kion Wilson            6-0 / 230            4             South Florida      Lost brief starting job in 2013

49  Vic So’oto              6-3 / 263            3              Brigham Young   Wearing his 6th NFL uniform

50  Ryan Shazier          6-1 / 237            R             Ohio State          Should start at ILB

51  Sean Spence          5-11 / 231          3              Miami                Everyone pulling for him

54  Chris Carter            6-1 / 248            4              Fresno State      Could be bypassed

55  Arthur Moats          6-2 / 250            5              James Madison   UFA, veteran OLB backup

56  Jordan Zumwalt      6-4 / 235            R              UCLA                 Versatile, has a chance

57  Terence Garvin       6-3 / 221            2              West Virginia       A surprise last year

93 Jason Worilds         6-2 / 262            5              Virginia Tech        Is he worth nearly $10M?

94 Lawrence Timmons  6-1 / 234            8              Florida State       Underrated, versatile veteran

95  Jarvis Jones           6-2 / 245            2              Georgia               Needs to make his move

98 Vince Williams        6-1 / 250            2              Florida State       From starter to roster fight

Defensive backs

20  Will Allen                6-1 / 200            11            Ohio State            Steady backup at both safeties

21  Robert Golden         5-11 / 202           3             Arizona                Good special-teamer

22 William Gay             5-10 / 190           8             Louisville              Underrated No. 3 corner

23  Mike Mitchell           6-0 / 210            6             Ohio                    Fills Ryan Clark’s shoes

24  Ike Taylor                6-2 / 195            12            La.-Lafayette        His last go-around?

25  Brice McCain           5-9 / 187            6             Utah                    Veteran cut by Texans

28  Cortez Allen             6-1 / 196            4             The Citadel          Ready for a breakout

29  Shamarko Thomas    5-9  217            2             Syracuse             Needs to step it up

30  Devin Smith              5-11 / 186          1            Wisconsin            Most of ’13 on practice squad

31 Shaquille Richardson  6-0 / 194           R            Arizona                Only rookie CB drafted

35  Ross Ventrone          5-8 / 195           2             Villanova              Back for more

39  Isaiah Green             5-10 / 180          2             Fresno State       On and off with Steelers

41  Antwon Blake           5-9 / 198            3             Texas-El Paso     Coaches say he has a chance

42  Jordan Dangerfield     5-11 / 200          1             Towson               He should get some respect

43  Troy Polamalu           5-10 / 207          12           USC                   Played every snap in 2013


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