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September 5, 2010 - Buck Frank
Here are some thoughts on the Steelers' cuts Saturday:
--Byron Leftwich is going to waste a roster spot until he's ready to play again, which could very well be after Ben Roethlisberger returns from his suspension. Why waste a spot on him when not many teams will be knocking on his door?
--At least the Steelers aren't wasting a spot with Stefan Logan, like they did last year.
--I thought CB Joe Burnett would be a kick/punt return option for the Steelers when they drafted him. He obviously couldn't make it over the long haul solely as a defensive back and was beaten out by rookie Crezdon Butler and special teams gunner Anthony Madison.
--Patrick Bailey played a good game against Carolina on Thursday night and deserved a roster spot. He was one of the team's best nine linebackers, but the team invested too much in OLBs Jason Worilds and Thaddeus Gibson. The Steelers better hope James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley stay healthy this year.
--Jonathan Dwyer's late push in the last two preseason games earned him a roster spot. Will he dress for games? Probably not, because he is not going to help out on special teams like Frank "the Tank' Summers could have. It's interesting how Summers played a lot of fullback in the preseason but got cut. The Steelers must have figured they wouldn't be able to get Dwyer through waivers and liked his upside. I'm guessing they're hoping to get Summers on the practice squad.
--Nick Eason beat out the likes of Sunny Harris and Doug Worthington as a backup defensive lineman. That means Ziggy Hood will be the only DL less than 30 years of age.