Tuesday, August 28, 2007

More Cutdown Insights

The good folks at Pro Football Weekly offer up this information regarding the impending roster cutdowns (emphasis added):

"Plenty of intrigue surrounds how the Steelers will structure their RB and FB depth chart. At running back, Willie Parker and Najeh Davenport are secure in the top two spots, but the battle for positioning thereafter bears watching. Undrafted free-agent RB Gary Russell’s strong play in training camp and preseason looks to have secured him a spot on the roster. Another surprising newcomer, FB Carey Davis, also looks like a lock to make the team, according to a source close to the club. What’s more, he appears to have pushed veteran Dan Kreider to the bench, despite Kreider's role as an integral part of the Steelers’ power-running game in past seasons. Davis is simply a better fit in offensive coordinator Bruce Arians’ scheme. However, Kreider's rugged style of play is such an asset as the weather gets colder that he will have a chance to make the roster as a reserve. The status of backup RB Verron Haynes is also up in the air. Haynes is not especially big, quick or fast, and he’s coming off a knee injury, but he’s useful on special teams. The burning question, the way we hear it, is whether both Haynes and Kreider will survive the final cuts."

If this item was from anybody else I would completely discount the idea that Dan Kreider is in danger of being moved aside. However, given PFW's unshakable credibility this situation obviously bears watching.

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