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The regular-season holdout of Steelers running back

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Le'Veon Bell banked in many respects on the Steelers not being able to replace him. But replace him they have Youth Bud Dupree Jersey , with second-year standout James Conner, the AFC’s offensive player of the month for October. And the stellar performances of Conner, a fan favorite before he even wore a Steelers jersey for the first time due to his connection to Pitt and his triumph over cancer, have made it much easier for the Steelers to forget about Bell.“Honestly, no one cares anymore,” guard David DeCastro said after Sunday’s win over the Ravens, via Jeff Chadiha of NFL.com. “Why would I? I don’t want to waste the energy. I have to block some of the best players on the best defense in the world. Do you think I’m going to worry about a guy who’s not here?”That’s been the attitude within the organization for several weeks, thanks in large part to the play of Conner. Indeed, if Conner currently weren’t getting it done and no one else was fueling the running game or the short passing game, there would have been a much greater sense of urgency to offer Bell more than $855,000 per week to get him to commit for the balance of the season.As it stands, the attitude is “Le’Veon who?”“I love playing with Conner http://www.steelersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jesse-james-jersey ,” left tackle Alejandro Villanueva said after the win, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. I don鈥檛 have anything to say about , it could get awkward — especially if he’s not reinstalled as the starter unless and until Conner gets injured or becomes noticeably ineffective.Using the past to predict the layout of the Steelers’ 53-man roster Now that the 2018 NFL Preseason is complete, the next step for the Steelers is cutting down the roster from 90 players to 53. When choosing the final few players to make the team, it’s important to get an idea of how crowded the roster is at various positions, as well as the team’s past of keeping any number of athletes at various spots on the field. Here are the numbers from 2015 to 2018 on how many players the Steelers kept at each position (and the average whole number during those three seasons):Initial Roster Positions by YearPosition2017201620153 Yr AvgPosition2017201620153 Yr Avg *Roster exemption for Le’Veon Bell not showing up to camp.**LeVeon Bell was suspended and did not count towards the 53.***LeVeon Bell and Martavis Bryant were both suspended and did not count toward the 53.The best place to start predicting the 2018 roster by position is the three-year average. Unfortunately, that approach yields a 54-man roster. Even though the Steelers will probably receive a roster exemption for Le’Veon Bell once again, that extra player is likely to be cut by Week 1, so one roster spot needs to go in order to be prepared for Week 1.The best place to cut down to 53 would be reducing the number of corners or safeties on the roster. After taking into account that seven CB’s were kept in 2017 in order to put Cam Sutton on the IR (he was replaced by ILB Steven Johnson, with Johnson being released days later when Bell was moved to the active roster), the Steelers have only kept 10 defensive backs in two of the last three years. Most likely they will keep 10 in 2018 and either go with six corners and four safeties Terrell Edmunds Jersey , or make an even split with five at each position. That puts the roster at 53.As for positions where the Steelers might possibly keep an extra player, it’ll have to be at the expense of cutting a player from somewhere else. The positions that have the longest shot of changing in their roster numbers would be the specialties (PK, P, and LS), along with the DL, TE, and FB positions (2015 being the outlier when Will Johnson and Roosevelt Nix both earned a spot before Nix took over the full-time fullback duties the following season).Numerically, QB would also fall into the category of no flexibility, but with the unique situation this season, it’s become a popular discussion whether to keep a fourth player. To do that, another position group would have to lose a spot, and the most likely candidates would be along the OL or at WR. Trimming from any other position would leave the team dangerously thin. Plus Authentic James Conner Jersey , with one receiver spot going to the newly acquired return specialist Ryan Switzer, it would be difficult to drop the number of receivers to five.Quarterback isn’t the only position where there’s talk of keeping an extra player. Both RB and ILB also could benefit from having another player in the rotation, with the greater priority going to inside linebacker. One cannot forget the importance of special teams, so either position could add value, depending on the player who’s kept.After reviewing the numbers, it would be very difficult for the Steelers to keep a fourth quarterback, or even a fourth running back on their initial 53-man roster. If they’re willing to go with eight offensive linemen, that one spot might be used to add depth to the inside linebacker position, where there are still concerns due to the loss of Ryan Shazier. Other than that, the Steelers will most likely stick to the formula that has brought them success over the last several years when it comes to trimming the roster. www.nflshopoutlet.com/jacksonville-jaguars

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