Good Tuesday to you Steelers fans.
Today by 4pm Eastern the Pittsburgh Steelers must cut another five players in order to get down to the maximum number of 80. Last week they cut down to 85 and then next week they will cut to their 53-man roster. While last week’s cuts were of little note or surprise, the same could be said for today. But then again you never know. The Steelers may already have gained a certain amount of confidence in a particular player, especially a younger and more inexpensive one, to know they can keep him over a veteran. As an example, are the Steelers enamored with Jamir Jones and/or Quincy Roche enough to send Cassius Marsh packing? I am in no way making a prediction here… I’m just throwing out an example. Something like that could be coming. More likely than not however, the five players cut today will be cut from the same cloth as those last week. “Thank you for the effort but it’s time to get on with your life’s work.” I saw a tweet from someone this week suggesting we shouldn’t care about these “millionaires” who get cut and have to find real jobs. Talk about not knowing your head from your ass! For the vast majority of these players football is all that they’ve ever known and many of them will never see a million dollars. I’m not scoffing at $300,000 or $400,000 mind you because that’s a lot of money to most of us. The problem is that football careers are short in the NFL. They average around two to three years so I don’t bemoan a player one bit for trying to get everything they can. So as they cut down to 80 today, think of your own dream finally coming to an end. It’s not easy.
Coming up tonight on the SCB Steelers Podcast presented by DEK Roofing Inc… We’ll have the latest on the five guys who are released today plus we’ll take a look back at the Steelers’ win over Detroit. Who showed and who didn’t? We’ll start looking ahead to final roster and zero in on when T.J. Watt will return to action.
Tweet of the Day… Speaking of T.J. Watt.
Now that the preseason is almost over, expect T.J. Watt to sign a contract extension shortly after the Carolina game that will make him the league's highest-paid defensive player.
— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) August 23, 2021
There’s no question that the Steelers knew they had to go out and find someone at the inside linebacker position that could cover backs and tight ends. Joe Schobert was an excellent addition because he excels in this regard. That said, we as fans cannot fault the player or inside LB in this case, when they are tasked with covering a man in the slot who happens to be a wide receiver. Sound like a broken record? It is. We should all still have nightmares of Keenan Allen getting schemed against our LBs over and over in Chargers’ win at Heinz Field. Keith Butler was supposed to have fixed this issue but if you go back and watch Saturday night’s game, you’ll see poor Joe Schobert locked on Breshad Perriman. He runs a 40-yard dash somewhere in the neighborhood of 4.3 seconds. Schobert had no chance. This is still the preseason and Schobert is still getting his feet wet in this defense so I’m not going to get too emotional over this but this just cannot happen. I think Butler was experimenting a lot on Saturday as there were times when both Schobert and Devin Bush were on the field at the same time in obvious passing situations. That’s good. I’m all for that but I sure this isn’t a problem AGAIN in 2021.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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