Good Wednesday to you Steelers fans.
It wasn’t a total surprise when the Pittsburgh Steelers selected a punter in this year’s draft. Pressley Harvin III had been heavily scouted by the Steelers in the pre-draft process and let’s be real here, they need an upgrade at the position. While Harvin has a big leg and is more athletic than your typical punter, there are no guarantees that he’s the guy the team goes with in 2021. Incumbent Jordan Berry was let go last year in favor of Dustin Colquitt. It wasn’t far into the season when the Steelers felt Colquitt wasn’t getting the job done so Berry was brought back. The strength of Jordan Berry during his time in Pittsburgh has been the ability to keep his kicks inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. The weakness was his inconsistency when it came to hitting big punts when needed. As we saw a couple of years ago when the Steelers drafted long snapper Colin Holba, there are no guarantees as a specialist that you’ll make the team just because you were drafted. In this case however, Harvin is really going to have to struggle in order to not get this job. But… Also remember he has to be able to hold for kicker Chris Boswell, something that Berry has done for a long time. Kickers are strange animals as they are and if they aren’t comfortable with who is holding for them it leads to missed kicks. The simple fact that the team’s official gum chewer, Special Teams’ Coach Danny Smith personally scouted Harvin should go a long way towards him making the team. That remains to be seen at this early stage.
Tweet of the Day… Another beauty from the great Dave DiCello.
If there aren’t any clouds above #pittsburgh at sunrise you hope the rivers are still enough for some decent reflections. This is always a gamble around the Point, as the water tends to be a little choppier at the confluence, but every now and then you get a scene like this one. pic.twitter.com/1qVbNPH5hY
— Dave DiCello (@DaveDiCello) May 19, 2021
Two More Official…
Texas A&M teammates Dan Moore and Buddy Johnson have officially signed their contracts with the Steelers as of this morning. Moore was a fourth round selection and will likely be in the mix to be the team’s ‘swing’ tackle while he further develops his game. Johnson is a sideline-to-sideline linebacker who tackles well but will need to work on his coverage skills. I think the arrow on both guys is point straight up.
Ed Bouchette of The Athletic said that he believes fans will be allowed at Steelers’ Training Camp in Latrobe this year. Teams have already received permission to hold camps at sites away from team facilities so that’s step one. If things continue to trend in the favorable direction then fans should be allowed back and that is really good news!
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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