Happy Wednesday Steelers’ Fans!
As you’ve probably heard, the Steelers released their first depth chart of the preseason. While I realize many fans look forward to this it actually gives a very poor illustration of just where things are in terms of the depth. For example, Darrius Heyward-Bey is currently listed as a starting wide receiver. Landry Jones is nowhere to be found and neither is Maurkice Pouncey. As the team later mentioned, players who have been out with injuries were not added to the list. Regardless, the depth chart still causes confusion for fans who are paying attention to what’s going on in camp each day. Until the final depth chart of the preseason is posted, I wouldn’t put much stock into it.
Speaking of Pouncey, he along with Mike Mitchell and James Conner and several others will not play on Friday night. Conner did return to practice today in full pads which was a good sign. His sprained AC joint in his shoulder caused him to miss several days.
Landry Jones is still dealing with an abdominal issue and he won’t play either. That means we will see large doses of Joshua Dobbs and Bart Houston. As exciting as it will be to see the Steelers in game action you’ll need to remember this is about evaluation, not winning.
Tweet of the Day… Former Steeler Nolan Harrison shares his thoughts on President Trump and North Korea. Growing up in the 1980’s helps with this one.
— Nolan Harrison MBA (@NolanHarrison74) August 9, 2017
Alejandro Villanueva was in concussion protocol this week after being dinged up during a goal line drill Sunday evening… Anthony Chickillo strained a muscle in his hip and is expected to be day-to-day according to the Steelers.
I think the fact that Eli Rogers has been wearing a construction helmet out to practice each day speaks volumes of just how competitive the wide receiving battle is. As we’ve been saying, there will be a couple of good receivers who left off this roster.
Mike Tomlin said yesterday that T.J. Watt is a “one rep learner.” That’s actually pretty high praise for a rookie from Tomlin who normally chooses his words about them carefully. It also bodes well for Watt in terms of playing time. The only question remaining is whether he can physically handle his duties.
Have a great Wednesday Steeler Nation!