Ray Fittipaldo: Redshirt Year For Rookie Bryant
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA 93-7 The Fan)- The Steelers cut their roster to 53 players on Saturday.
The Steelers kept six wide receivers this year, even though the Steelers only dressed four for most games in 2013. Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette told Tab Douglas and Joe Rhoades that rookie Martavis Bryant probably won’t see much playing time.
“I would imagine that this is basically going to be a redshirt year for Martavis Bryant. If you watched him in the pre-season games, it doesn’t look like he’s ready to contribute at all,” Fittipaldo said. He added that if the Steelers do dress five receivers, it would probably come down to either Darrius Heyward-Bey or Justin Brown.
Fittipaldo said that while the Steelers haven’t determined their starters on the defensive line yet, it will likely have a familiar look.
“I do think it’s probably going to be (Brett) Keisel, (Steve) McLendon and (Cam) Heyward, and now you do have (Cam) Thomas as that depth guy, and you have (Stephon) Tuitt coming on, who’s probably going to play a lot in the nickel, and maybe by the time the season’s over he’s a guy who you can maybe consider starting,” Fittipaldo said.
The Steelers decided to keep three quarterbacks, as Landry Jones made the roster.
“Landry’s going to get one more year, but if he doesn’t show any improvement (this time next year), he’s going to be the odd man out, I think,” Fittipaldo said.
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