Good Wednesday to you Steelers’ Fans.
Last night on the Steel City Blitz Steelers Podcast presented by 26shirts.com/Pittsburgh we broke down all of the team’s draft picks. One particular area that we are likely to focus on this summer is the crowded wide receiver room. Prior to the addition of Diontae Johnson, the Steelers already had JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington, Donte Moncrief, Eli Rogers, Ryan Switzer, Trey Griffey, Tevin Jones, Diontae Spencer and Ka’Raun White. This isn’t exactly abnormal to have a lot of receivers on the roster or heading into Training Camp but selecting the five or at best six that get a helmet each week will be pretty darn interesting to watch. JuJu, Washington, Moncrief and the rookie Johnson seem like locks. Switzer gives you the added experience and relatively sure hands as a returner too. That’s five. Don’t count out Diontae Spencer though either who had a very nice career in the CFL. If anything, the Steelers love versatility and several of these top three or four guys can play just about anywhere along the formation. The crowded receiver room should be one of the best battles to watch in Camp.
Greg asks the question… Is Isaiah Buggs the Steelers’ Best Draft selection?
Tweet of the Day… Stick to football JuJu!!
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— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) May 1, 2019
I’m extremely intrigued to see how Sutton Smith and Ulysees Gilbert fit with the Steelers. For year one I expect they are exclusively used on special teams with perhaps a few minor exceptions. Then there’s the new discussion about Marcus Allen gaining some weight to potentially play linebacker. I’m not going to make any definitive statements here but I feel confident that the Steelers are moving to a much more ‘Amoeba-like’ defense as they transition away from a 3-4.
The more I look at the selection of Benny Snell I think this was a pick made for two reasons. First of all, he’s a load and he’s a guy who runs well between the tackles. This is something the Steelers need for short yardage situations and for times late in games when the clock needs to be run out. Both James Conner and Jaylen Samuels are capable backs but Snell gives them a really interesting choice in specific situations.
I’m going to keep saying this until it happens… The Steelers have to bring in a veteran tight end for the number two job. No way they can enter the season with Xavier Grimble and rookie Zach Gentry behind Vance McDonald.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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