Now that the 2021 offseason has begun, following one more yr of disappointment, a fourth consecutive season with no postseason victories, it’s time to take inventory of the place the Pittsburgh Steelers stand. Particularly the place Steelers gamers stand individually primarily based on what we’re seeing over the course of the offseason because it performs out. We may also be reviewing gamers primarily based on their earlier season and their prospects for the longer term.
A inventory analysis can take a few totally different approaches and I’ll attempt to clarify my reasonings. In some instances it will likely be primarily based on extra long-term tendencies. In different situations it will likely be a direct response to one thing that simply occurred. So we are able to see a participant greater than as soon as over the course of the season as we transfer ahead.
Participant: S John Battle
Inventory Worth: Up
Reasoning: The Steelers’ failure to handle the security place up to now within the offseason is enhancing the chances of first-year former LSU security John Battle having the ability to make the 53-man roster later this yr.
Pittsburgh entered the 2020 season with 4 safeties on its 53-man roster (although they exited with 5). Two of the unique 4 are gone, at the very least thus far, within the case of 1. Behind Minkah Fitzpatrick and Terrell Edmunds have been Jordan Dangerfield, who stays an unsigned free agent, and the returning Sean Davis, who signed with the Indianapolis Colts this offseason.
Seventh-round decide Antoine Brooks would finally discover his technique to the 53-man roster. Even accepting that, it nonetheless leaves Battle as one among 4 safeties on the crew proper now. That’s if you happen to exclude Miles Killebrew, signed from the Detroit Lions, whom the crew lists as a linebacker, and is sort of completely a particular groups participant primarily based on his current utilization.
It’s additionally value noting that the secondary depth total has taken successful with the losses of Steven Nelson and Mike Hilton with out their being changed. That’s 4 of finally 11 members of the secondary from final season who’re not right here, making it extra seemingly for anyone like Battle to work his manner in.
Initially undrafted out of LSU in 2019, he hung out that yr with the Buccaneers and the Jets. He signed a futures contract on the finish of that season with the Steelers. He spent the whole lot of this previous season on their follow squad, so he does have a yr studying their system.
Given the shortage of present depth, security is clearly an space that the Steelers wish to attempt to tackle between now and the beginning of the common season, both by means of the draft or veteran free company, if not each. As issues stand every week out from the draft, Battle’s odds of constructing the crew have improved primarily based on the occasions of the offseason up to now.