Steelers Offense Could Resemble Scout Team Next Week
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11-20-2019, 04:58 AM

Good opportunity for someone to step up. 

It is a very real possibility that the Pittsburgh Steelers could enter Sunday’s game without their quarterback, top running back, and top two wide receivers. They will even be down the number two tight end that they brought into the season, but at least they will have their starting offensive line and number one tight end intact.

Not that that has necessarily been saying much lately. The line has struggled in the past two game to hold back the superior talents of Aaron Donald and Myles Garrett in the last week. And, oh yeah, now they’re not going to have Maurkice Pouncey, who will be serving a suspension.

So that will mean B.J. Finney versus Geno Atkins, and I’m not sure how I feel about that, but it’s not a great feeling. Add on top of that the fact that Finney has been more successful when starting at guard than at center.

The offense that the Steelers may field on Sunday could as much resemble their scout team as it would its starting offense. Mason Rudolph will be at quarterback, as has been the case for most of the year, rather than Ben Roethlisberger, for starters.

It’s highly unlikely at this point that James Conner is going to be able to play. Benny Snell is still out, as well. Outside of Jaylen Samuels, the other two running backs on the 53-man roster have spent most of their careers on practice squads.

And then there are the injuries at wide receiver. Donte Moncrief’s finger helped get him released. Ryan Switzer is already on the Reserve/Injured List. Now both JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson are in the concussion protocol.

Who will Rudolph be throwing you, aside from James Washington? Well, I’m glad you asked. He will have at his disposal the services of Tevin Jones—who just made his NFL debut last week—, Johnny Holton—who just caught his first pass on 13 targets in Pittsburgh—, and Deon Cain, who was on the Reserve/Injured List his rookie year and on the Indianapolis Colts’ practice squad before they just signed him.

And Holton started the year on the practice squad, too. So that’s literally three players who are scout team-level talents who could be the offense on Sunday. This is starting to remind of the 2016 season with Cobi Hamilton and Demarcus Ayers. Only worse, at least outside of Washington.

And just pile on top the fact that they haven’t had a run game without Conner and Snell. They shouldn’t expect to find one with Samuels, Edmunds, and Kerrith Whyte, who was just plucked from the Chicago Bears’ practice squad. How will they move the ball, even against a team as bad as Cincinnati? It’s hard to imagine right now.



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11-20-2019, 05:45 AM

It boggles the mind that this proud franchise finds itself in such a lowly state. 

I realize, many of these problems are injury-related. But the glaring lack of depth is appalling. One could argue that this is what eventually happens to teams who are successful year in, year out... that the lack of high draft picks in early rounds ultimately catches up with you. It's a theory. 

But then, there sits New England at 9-1 to debunk that theory. 

Man, I hate New England. 

Almost as much as I hate what has happened to this team. It's been a truly awful season, although I will admit I've gotten a certain sick satisfaction out of watching Cleveland implode after all their idiotic, completely unwarranted preseason hype. Even thought they beat us, and even though we're suffering through the biggest nightmare of a season I can remember in 15+ years... they're still looking up at us in the current standings. Laugh That may very well change, but for now... I'm holding onto it tight.
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11-20-2019, 07:20 AM

(11-20-2019, 05:45 AM)mcmillenandwife Wrote: It boggles the mind that this proud franchise finds itself in such a lowly state. 

I realize, many of these problems are injury-related. But the glaring lack of depth is appalling. One could argue that this is what eventually happens to teams who are successful year in, year out... that the lack of high draft picks in early rounds ultimately catches up with you. It's a theory. 

But then, there sits New England at 9-1 to debunk that theory. 

Man, I hate New England. 

Almost as much as I hate what has happened to this team. It's been a truly awful season, although I will admit I've gotten a certain sick satisfaction out of watching Cleveland implode after all their idiotic, completely unwarranted preseason hype. Even thought they beat us, and even though we're suffering through the biggest nightmare of a season I can remember in 15+ years... they're still looking up at us in the current standings. Laugh That may very well change, but for now... I'm holding onto it tight.

well said.  Season is over for us.  It's painfully obvious.  Rudolph isn't the answer so we don't have a franchise qb on the roster except for Ben at this point and no where to get one anytime soon.  We could be looking at several seasons of this kind of play.  The pats know football.  They have a great coach and great front office that does a bang up job evaluating talent.  our team?  Not so much.  I have a feeling Ben isn't coming back and will retire.  I wouldn't blame him at all.  I have no confidence we will move the ball against the Bengals.  Their offense is atrocious however so we might be able to win this with defense.  It's going to be two bad teams flailing away at each other.  Ugly game.
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11-20-2019, 07:25 AM

terell pryor says he's ready to play for Pittsburgh

https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/terre...-sign-him/
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11-20-2019, 08:24 AM

(11-20-2019, 07:25 AM)Rollers Wrote: terell pryor says he's ready to play for Pittsburgh

https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/terre...-sign-him/

But then you get this view point from Tomlin:

Ahead of the Steelers signing Cain and Whyte, a large selection of the Steelers fan base was clamoring for the team to sign veteran street agents such as wide receivers Dez Bryant and Terrelle Pryor and running back Jay Ajayi, just to name a few. On Tuesday, Tomlin was asked to disclose what the upside is to bringing in younger guys who were on practice squads such as Cain and Whyte as opposed to maybe veterans who have been on the street for the entire regular season.

“You know, most of the veterans that are getting off the couch lack a certain readiness from a physical standpoint,” Tomlin said. “Guys that have been on practice squads and working every day have the conditioning and readiness associated with working every day. And so that’s always an element of the discussion. But we also like the upside and we like to coach and instruct and teach and we don’t hide from that. You know, we are always excited about getting somebody with some talent that lacks some experience because it challenges us as coaches and that’s something that we covet as well.”

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11-20-2019, 10:40 AM

(11-20-2019, 08:24 AM)Chucktownsteeler Wrote:
(11-20-2019, 07:25 AM)Rollers Wrote: terell pryor says he's ready to play for Pittsburgh

https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/terre...-sign-him/

But then you get this view point from Tomlin:

Ahead of the Steelers signing Cain and Whyte, a large selection of the Steelers fan base was clamoring for the team to sign veteran street agents such as wide receivers Dez Bryant and Terrelle Pryor and running back Jay Ajayi, just to name a few. On Tuesday, Tomlin was asked to disclose what the upside is to bringing in younger guys who were on practice squads such as Cain and Whyte as opposed to maybe veterans who have been on the street for the entire regular season.

“You know, most of the veterans that are getting off the couch lack a certain readiness from a physical standpoint,” Tomlin said. “Guys that have been on practice squads and working every day have the conditioning and readiness associated with working every day. And so that’s always an element of the discussion. But we also like the upside and we like to coach and instruct and teach and we don’t hide from that. You know, we are always excited about getting somebody with some talent that lacks some experience because it challenges us as coaches and that’s something that we covet as well.”

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that was complete tomlin coach speak.  Means nothing.
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