#219: Final Cut
My biggest fear as a Steeler fan this season is that this team is deceptively shallow.
In a list of players cut Friday, none of the names on the list really jumps up and bites you as a major loss.
I would have preferred to keep John Clay instead of Jonathan Dwyer at running back, for example, but I don't think it will adversely affect the team that they went the other way. I also feel bad for Tyler Grisham. This guy tries so hard and falls short every year. I might have kept him and cut both 10-year veteran John Gilmore and rookie Weslye Saunders. Again, though, that cut isn't going to make or break the team.
Of the remaining 5 cuts the Steelers must make by 6PM this evening, I don't think that's terribly difficult.
It's a tough decision as to which punter they keep, but they'll certainly cut one. They have to weigh whether it's better to keep the oft-injured Daniel Sepulveda, upon whom the Steelers utilized a fourth-round pick to obtain, or the capable Jeremy Kapinos, but one will go (I'd take a chance on Kapinos, but the team will almost certainly keep Sepulveda). The one who's out will certainly land with another team sooner rather than later.
They likely will part with either the aforementioned Gilmore or Saunders (two cuts).
Undrafted free agent Jerrett Crittenton will also likely go.
And I wouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger on Keenan Lewis or William Gay, either (the latter of which might free up a little bit of cap space).
The fact that it was this easy for me scares me. Some years, it's been torture to try to decide between which players have the least upside, rather than determine which players have virtually none.
Time will tell.
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