Good Tuesday to you Steelers’ fans.
I can’t recall the Pittsburgh Steelers making so many roster moves in such a short period of time. Obviously this is done out of necessity. The Steelers’ wide receivers are a MASH unit unto themselves right now. At this time the likelihood that JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson are available for Sunday’s game is literally a toss up. I’d say JuJu has a decent chance and Johnson even less. That’s why Deon Cain and Quadree Henderson were brought in. As it stands right now the starting receivers on Sunday could well be James Washington, Tevin Jones and Johnny Holton. That’s not exactly a group that’s going to strike fear in any defense. Running back James Conner is also a toss up right now in terms of his availability. To suggest the Steelers will have to win this weekend with Defense is an understatement. As bad as the Bengals are, I’m not sure the offense in its’ current state can beat anyone.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could all change history to fit our own narratives? So many this past weekend have come out of the wood work to say they think the Steelers should have drafted Lamar Jackson rather than Terrell Edmunds in 2018. In doing so, they are finally admitting that Jackson has become a more than capable NFL QB. However, acting as though we all knew this would happen is asinine. I admitted I was way off about Jackson and many others have too but that doesn’t mean in 2018 the Steelers should have drafted him.
Tweet of the Day… This isn’t Steeler-related but I found it thought-provoking. Alex Smith suffered one of the worst leg injuries you can a year ago in Washington and his wife put together this video from the last year. Yes, these guys make tons of money and have many advantages in life but Smith is clearly a guy who loves the game and is doing whatever he can to get back to it.
Alex Smith’s wife posted a small look into the year for Alex. Today would be one year to the day in which he sustained a brutal injury.
— Alex Tran (@NinerAlex) November 19, 2019
Mike Tomlin meets with the assembled media today at noon. He’ll give us the latest injury news and his thoughts on winless Cincinnati. The players are off as usual on Tuesday.
The NFL announced yesterday that the Steelers and Browns December 1st game has been flexed. Rather than a late afternoon start the rivals will kickoff at Noon. This is what happens when both teams are seemingly going nowhere and are without several star players.
Nearing the End
Eli Manning is already done. Philip Rivers looks very much like his career is coming to end after seven interceptions in the last two games. Ben Roethlisberger of course is out for the year with elbow surgery but I don’t think we need to put the nail in the coffin of this epic 2004 draft class just yet. I believe Rivers, in his final year of a contract, will head east to finish his career closer to where he’s from. Tennessee perhaps… Big Ben will benefit from not getting pounded all season and if the elbow is good to go I expect him to be ready for a good season in 2020. Manning is a wild-card simply because we don’t know if anyone will be interested in him. I imagine these guys feel old these days. Trust me, I can relate.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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