The Pittsburgh Steelers lost quarterback Ben Roethlisberger early on last season, which led to poor offensive play for the rest of the year. Despite this, the Steelers hung in playoff contention throughout the season, due to their stout defense. With their team healthy and another playoff spot added for this year, there are high expectations for the Steelers.
However, there is plenty of work that needs to be done for Pittsburgh to make the postseason. They will need to continue adjust the roster, which could lead to some tough decisions before the season begins. These are three veterans the Steelers could cut during training camp.
1. Ryan Switzer, WR
After the Steelers drafted wide receiver Chase Claypool this season, it bumped Ryan Switzer down the depth chart yet again. Now, he is either the fifth or sixth wide receiver on the team. He is battling with Deon Cain for that role, and Cain has much higher potential that Switzer. We also saw Switzer relieved of the majority of his punt and kick return duties last season, making him less valuable to the team.
2. Paxton Lynch, QB
The former first-round draft pick has been a bust on all accounts. Paxton Lynch has started just four games since being drafted in 2016. He also has not seen game action since 2017. He will compete with Devlin Hodges for the third quarterback spot on the team, if they even decide to keep four passers. It will be tough for Lynch to make this team.
3. Tyson Alualu, DE
Tyson Alualu will compete for the backup defensive end spot, behind Stephon Tuitt. Alualu will be competing with young guys that have much more potential. Heading into his 11th professional season. this will be Alualu's fourth season with the Steelers, having started 12 games over the past three seasons. He's not the player he once was, totaling just one sack and three quarterback hits last season, and cutting him would free up almost $2 million in cap space.
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