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3 Steelers That Won't Be on the Roster at the Start of the 2022 Season

Devon Platana
Three Pittsburgh Steelers players that won't be on the roster at the start of the 2022 NFL season.
Three Pittsburgh Steelers players that won't be on the roster at the start of the 2022 NFL season. / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Roethlisberger was a big part of the Pittsburgh Steelers' identity for nearly two decades. Now that he retired this offseason, the organization is set to enter a new era, hopefully finding its identity along the way.

The Steelers have used the NFL Draft and free agency to help improve their roster following last season's disappointing finish. In order to ensure that they have the best 53-man roster possible, many players will have their 2022 hopes dampened before the new season even begins.

Here are three Steelers players that won't be on the roster to start the 2022 NFL season.

Steelers Roster Rumors

1. Benny Snell Jr., RB

It would hardly be a shock if Benny Snell Jr. didn't make it through Steelers training camp this summer. The 24-year-old running back's output has gotten worse with each passing year, averaging 3.9 yards per career as a rookie in 2019 to just 2.7 last year. Najee Harris' arrival last year has left Snell obsolete and he doesn't have much value as a backup considering that Anthony McFarland is the better pass-catcher. Throw in the fact that Pittsburgh can save nearly $1 million by cutting him and that he was nearly axed last year, making it tough to imagine how he makes the roster in 2022.

2. Nick Sciba, K

Former Wake Forest kicker Nick Sciba inked a three-year deal with the Steelers following an impressive rookie minicamp last month. Although some believe he could challenge Chris Boswell for the starting job, that may not be the case. Special team coordinator Danny Smith told reporters on Wednesday that the team is working on a contract extension for Boswell, which doesn't sound like someone who could lose their job. Sciba has potential, but he doesn't have the experience or resumé that Boswell brings to the table. With the Steelers looking to be as competitive as possible, the undrafted rookie may need to go.

3. Mason Rudolph, QB

After the Steelers signed Mitchell Trubisky to a two-year deal this offseason, it was believed that Mason Rudolph would serve as the backup quarterback. At least, that was the case until the team used a first-round pick on Kenny Pickett. Simply put, there's no point in keeping Rudolph around unless a major injury occurs. He hasn't shown anything worth writing home about while his $4 million cap hit is way too expensive for a third-stringer. The Steelers can save $3 million by getting rid of him and use that to flesh out their roster. Unless Rudolph has a miraculous training camp, his time in the Steel City should come to an end.

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