Steelers beat writer Ed Bouchette takes a quick, position-by-position look at the team
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On-again, off-again relationship as No.3.
Wants to show he can be No.3 on practice squad.
Quiet offseason should benefit a big rebound.
Reliable backup and veteran presence.
Signed in July as possible practice squader.
May be new third-down back, and No.2.
Serious knee injury derailed him last season.
Has been only FB on team for number of years.
Barry Foster-like size and carries a punch.
Had one of best seasons in Steelers history in '06.
Once bright prospect must prove himself.
Hard-worker who made roster late in season.
A year in system should benefit him.
Became starter; his 49 catches led AFC rookies.
Former WVU QB trying the Randle El route.
Signed in July to compete as return man.
Nice-sized rookie free agent from tiny Millsaps
Punt-returner and possible 5th wide receiver.
Perennial bid to make the roster.
Former starter bidding for No.3.
Big rookie with many catches at Florida.
Undrafted rookie from Division 2 school.
Hands were biggest problem as No.3 last season.
Rolex in a Timex body.
Tallest receiver in camp at 6-foot-8.
His ability as a receiver should shine.
Among team's oldest veterans at 31.
Practice-squader on the verge of making it somewhere.
Could join Miller as tough 1-2 red zone punch.
In fight of his career for starting C job.
Only real UFA signing; can play C/G.
Pure C kept as No.3 man as a rookie.
Fifth-round pick as a guard.
6-9 T, former Pitt and IUP player.
Knocking on Kendall Simmons' door.
First-year player looking at practice squad.
Rookie from Rutgers, can play G/C.
Veteran starter, had great spring.
Competing with Starks at RT.
Quiet, underrated LT.
Trying to hold off Colon in final year.
Has slipped down the depth chart.
That's Derrick, not Deacon.
Former Penn Stater with some potential.
Dependable backup with new contract.
Most experienced backup end.
Among the league's best ends.
Signed late, vet could provide backup help.
Fourth-round rookie pick.
Back and forth on Steelers roster.
Perennial Pro Bowler, perfect for 3-4.
End who will move all around on defense.
Only hope is on practice squad.
Made roster late last season.
Injury kept him on college sideline in '06.
Developed into top run-stopper.
Versatile 32-year-old captain.
Starting LOLB who may sit on passing downs.
Can play inside or outside.
Impressive first spring, could rush on dime.
Impressive backup ILB and special-teams captain.
Longtime backup ticketed to replace Joey Porter.
Top rookie out all spring with groin injury.
Backup OLB, season ended with knee injury.
Will compete for starting job.
The bloom is off his rose.
Fifth-round draft pick from Louisville.
Small, tough veteran safety.
Out of the doghouse and into the starting lineup.
Trying to hold onto his starting job at FS.
He and McFadden will compete at CB.
Pressing Clark to start at FS.
CB from Erie, on roster late last season.
Special teams player re-signed at midseason.
Tallest CB on the roster at 6-2.
Little CB who played in 13 '06 games.
Free agent CB trying to make practice squad.
Should have new deal in place soon.
WVU product back for another try at S.
Reliable kicker slightly off last season at home.
Extra kicker for camp duties.
Punter in fourth camp with Steelers.
Highest punter drafted in 29 years.
Dependable long snapper.
First Published July 21, 2007 11:51 pm