Good Thursday to you Steelers’ Fans.
It is always fascinating to see how fans react to a player that has a really good preseason but ends up being cut. Outside linebacker Tuzar Skipper is one such guy. After having been cut by the New York Giants on Tuesday it seemed all too easy that the Steelers would re-sign him for much needed depth at the position. Despite clearing waivers and being available to them the Steelers chose to bring back Jayrone Elliott while Anthony Chickillo remains on the Commissioner’s Exempt List. The biggest misconception with Skipper is that anyone who was insisting he come back was “over-valuing” how good he actually is. That’s not true at all. My reason for advocating his return is that yes, he showed some promise in the preseason but larger than that is the fact the Steelers need depth at OLB and on Special Teams. If they like Elliott just as much if not more than I’m good with that. Some fans don’t see the distinction between wanting a guy to come back and thinking he’s the next James Harrison.
The Return of Nix
I am not going to over-hype this but the return of Roosevelt Nix is important. Randy Fichtner has not shown any sort of penchant for using him so far and I hope that changes a bit. A demon on Special Teams, Nix’s value as a lead blocker is invaluable in short yardage situations and the Steelers have sorely missed that. I do not expect a ton out of the gate from Nix but I do believe he’ll be up to snuff quickly.
Tweet of the Day… I don’t come up with funny stuff too often so here…
Does it come with furniture or is that out the window? https://t.co/DGa2HVBCcK
— Steel Dad (@SteelDad) October 23, 2019
Odd Factoid of the Day
Former Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was traded this week from Denver to San Francisco. Because the 49ers have already had their bye week and because the Broncos had not, Sanders could end up playing 17 regular season games in 2019.
Not So Fast My Friend…
In his “Asked and Answered” column this week, steelers.com editor Bob Labriola was asked what Mason Rudolph would have to do to become the starter next year supplanting Ben Roethlisberger. Labs’ answer apparently came with lots of laughter because he sees “no path” where that could happen. I don’t see how anyone can possibly say that right now. What if this team suddenly goes on a winning streak and Rudolph plays well and leads the team into the postseason? I’m not suggesting this WILL happen but we cannot dismiss that it could. I agree with Labs’ sentiments in general that it’s very much a long shot to happen but stranger things have taken place in this NFL. If Rudolph stumbles and plays poorly then the Steelers will have an entirely different problem on their hands.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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