Steelers Roster Cuts: 5 surprises and 3 disappointments

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Steelers Roster Cuts: 5 surprises and 3 disappointments

Postautor: zhangzk » 5 lis 2019, o 11:10

In one day Benny Snell Pittsburgh Steelers Jersey , the Pittsburgh Steelers, along with the rest of the NFL, had to make some extremely difficult decisions when it came to trimming their roster. Unlike the past when teams could trim their roster from 90 to 75, and then 75 to 53, the team had to once again cut down from 90 to 53 in one fell swoop. In other words, a lot of players got some bad news Saturday.As for the Steelers, it is worth looking at some surprises, and some disappointments, when it comes to the team’s decisions which were made to get the roster number to 53.Just for clarification, a surprise would be someone who wasn’t necessarily expected to make the roster, or a surprise release, while a disappointment would be someone who had a legitimate shot at making the roster, but for whatever reason didn’t. Here we go...SurprisesLandry JonesThere was no bigger surprise than Landry Jones being released. I am still stunned, to be honest Benny Snell Pittsburgh Steelers Jersey , but Jones’ release saves salary cap space and puts a ton of pressure now on Joshua Dobbs and/or Mason Rudolph as the primary backups behind Ben Roethlisberger. So much for Roethlisberger’s “I trust Landry” comments.Marcus AllenThe rookie safety didn’t play much this preseason, but must have made enough plays, not counting taking out his teammate Malik Golden, to make the team. Was surprised he made the team and they didn’t just try to re-sign him to the practice squad.Brian AllenThe second year cornerback made the 53-man roster as a rookie, but with the logjam at cornerback and safety he was a surprise cut from the roster. Allen, who had his moments in the preseason, showed the size and speed coveted at the cornerback position. Nonetheless, for now it is the end of the road for Allen.Stevan RidleyRidley, when healthy, had a very good training camp. He runs hard, and has the experience the team needs if Le’Veon Bell chooses to not show up right away, or if Bell were to go down with an injury. He and James Conner would make one heck of a punishing 1-2 punch at the running back position if needed.Zach BannerThe giant offensive tackle was a cast off, and mid-camp addition, for the black-and-gold and he turned in a need at offensive tackle in to a spot on the 53-man roster. Kudos to him...he should send a thank you card to Jerald Hawkins.DisappointmentsKeion AdamsThe hype was serious surrounding Adams entering his second year. After landing on IR his rookie season Benny Snell Jersey 2019 , Adams was unable to beat out Ola Adeniyi for the fourth, and final, outside linebacker spot on the roster. I am surprised the team only kept four, and Adams is now out of a job. Look for him to go to the practice squad if not poached by another team.Nat BerheThe free agent acquisition was supposed to make the team for his special teams play, but apparently it wasn’t enough. Marcus Allen, a rookie who was often injured throughout camp, made the roster ahead of him. Not a glowing endorsement for “the missile”.Editor’s Note: It should be noted the Steelers are expected to re-sign Berhe:Fitzgerald ToussaintMost of us, including myself, just assumed Fitzgerald Toussaint’s spot on the team was safe. However, in retrospect I should have seen the writing on the wall when the team signed Ryan Switzer. With Switzer on the roster, Toussaint would not be used on special teams and simply not necessary whenever Le’Veon Bell returns. The Steelers didn’t have running back Le'Veon Bell for all of 2018. They won’t have Bell or receiver Antonio Brown for 2019, and beyond. Their coach apparently sees that as a good thing.Appearing on ESPN’s draft coverage over the weekend, Mike Tomlin said this when asked about the offseason departures of Bell and Brown: “There’s been a cleansing, if you will.”I will not. I will regard the fact that Bell and Brown are gone as avoidable consequences of the manner in which the Steelers do business. If the Steelers Cheap Benny Snell Jersey , who applied the franchise tag to Le’Veon Bell for two straight years, were willing to structure long-term deals the way that other teams do, Bell would be entering the third year of a long-term contract. And if the Steelers, who selected Brown in the sixth-round of the 2010 draft, had been willing to hold him accountable once he became a great player, Brown wouldn’t have even considering making a power play that forced the Steelers to give him away for a third- and fifth-round draft choice.As to Bell, it’s definitely not Tomlin’s fault. As to Brown, it definitely is. Either way, the team wouldn’t have needed a “cleansing” if the team had known how to clean as it went. The only question moving forward is whether it’s learned from its mistakes or, if not, whether and when recent history will repeat itself.
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