Now that the 2021 offseason has begun, following yet 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 based mostly on what we’re seeing over the course of the offseason because it performs out. We will even be reviewing gamers based mostly on their earlier season and their prospects for the long run.
A inventory analysis can take a few completely different approaches and I’ll attempt to clarify my reasonings. In some circumstances it is going to be based mostly on extra long-term tendencies. In different cases it is going to 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: CB James Pierre
Inventory Worth: Up
Reasoning: With each Steven Nelson and Mike Hilton not with the workforce, 2020 faculty free agent signing James Pierre has a golden alternative to make a significant push up the depth chart, presumably even right into a beginning position.
If we go by who was enjoying on the finish of final season, minus those that are after all not right here, then it will be a good conjecture to listing Florida Atlantic product James Pierre because the Steelers’ quantity three cornerback behind Joe Haden and Cameron Sutton.
Pierre was given the chance to log defensive enjoying time on the finish of final season, his rookie yr, when Haden missed time attributable to Covid-19. He was enjoying snaps that would in any other case have, and beforehand had been, given to former third-round decide Justin Layne.
We don’t know all the small print about why that call was made, although there have been reported that it was merely attributable to the truth that Pierre had been the one working towards in Haden’s place, with Layne enjoying behind Nelson.
Both means, the purpose is that they completed the season no worse than even, as a result of if Pierre was actually behind Layne, then the latter would have been on the sector. And now that two of the highest three cornerbacks are gone, he might probably even begin this yr.
Haden continues to be right here, and Sutton should transfer into the beginning lineup, however past that, there isn’t a lot to supply. His competitors along with Layne could be veteran Trevor Williams, who has a pair dozen begins in his profession, however has additionally struggled to remain wholesome.
Ought to Pierre truly win the job, he figures to be the workforce’s nickel defender, who would come onto the sector and line up inside when the Steelers go to their nickel or dime defenses, which might slide Sutton from the skin into the slot. It’s not perfect, nevertheless it’s not unusual, both. The Steelers most lately did this in 2016 throughout Artie Burns’ rookie season whereas William Homosexual was nonetheless beginning on the skin.