The offseason is inevitably a interval of projection and hypothesis, which makes it the perfect time to ponder the hypotheticals that the Pittsburgh Steelers will face over the course of the following yr, whether or not it’s addressing free company, the draft, efficiency on the sector, or some extra ephemeral matter.
That’s what I’ll look to handle in our Purchase or Promote sequence. In every installment, I’ll introduce a subject assertion and weigh a number of the arguments for both shopping for it (which means that you just agree with it or count on it to be true) or promoting it (which means you disagree with it or count on it to be false).
The vary of subjects shall be deliberately large, from the overall to the particular, from the speedy to that within the far future. And as all of us are likely to have an opinion on nearly every thing, I invite you to share your personal every morning on the subject assertion of the day.
Matter Assertion: The third tight finish on the 53-man roster later this yr just isn’t at present on the crew.
Rationalization: With Eric Ebron coming back from final season, the Steelers used a second-round draft option to carry Pat Freiermuth into the tight finish place. all people else at present on the roster has very, little or no NFL expertise.
Zach Gentry has been the Steelers’ third tight finish for 2 years now, and the one video games he’s dressed for have been when there have been accidents, normally to the now-retired Vance McDonald. He was a fifth-round decide who was new to the place, and through the pandemic a yr in the past, groups skewed towards sticking with gamers they’re accustomed to, however his redshirt seasons are over, and he can clearly be upgraded.
The truth that we might even point out names like Kevin Rader or Dax Raymond with any sort of enthusiasm simply reveals how unhealthy the depth at tight finish has been and for a way lengthy. The truth is that there’s a completely positive Jesse James sitting on the market who might are available, mentor fellow Penn State alum Freiermuth, and spherical out the tight finish place into a really robust one from prime to backside. However there are different veterans obtainable on the market as nicely who might come low-cost.
Even when one feels the Steelers ought to usher in one other veteran tight finish, this isn’t about ought, however quite seemingly. The Steelers ought so as to add to the place. They seemingly is not going to. This is similar crew that had Gentry as their three for 2 years. Xavier Grimble was their quantity two in 2019.
The Kevin Raders and Zach Gentrys are precisely the sort of quantity three tight finish that has turn out to be normal for Pittsburgh, and there needs to be no expectations on the contrary. However there’s additionally the wait-and-see issue. These are each nonetheless comparatively younger gamers who can develop, and who have been robbed of an offseason final yr. a robust preseason displaying for both one might have all of us feeling the way in which we did about Jake McGee.