Now that the 2021 offseason has begun, following one more 12 months 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 longer term.
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 will see a participant greater than as soon as over the course of the season as we transfer ahead.
Participant: OLB Cassius Marsh
Inventory Worth: Up
Reasoning: With Bud Dupree and Olasunkanmi Adeniyi parting in free company, and with Jayrone Elliott not being retained, Cassius Marsh is squarely positioned to at the very least make the roster in 2021, if not function the quantity three on the place.
A seven-year veteran, Cassius Marsh has seen rather a lot over the course of his NFL profession. He has been on as many groups as he has logged years within the league—together with three groups in 2020, the ultimate of them being the Pittsburgh Steelers.
They signed him off of the Indianapolis Colts’ observe squad in early December after he had performed in seven whole video games previous to that with each the Colts and the Jacksonville Jaguars, with whom he initially signed on the outset in 2020.
A few weeks again, the Steelers determined to carry him again on a one-year deal, at which level he now stands as a high reserve on the depth chart, with the one gamers forward of him being T.J. Watt and second-year Alex Highsmith, following the free company departures of Bud Dupree and Olasunkanmi Adeniyi.
When Highsmith went down with an damage within the playoff loss, it’s value noting that it was Marsh whom the coaches placed on the sphere forward of Adeniyi final season. The latter was a restricted free agent this offseason, they usually elected to not retain him, which isn’t a shock, on condition that they confirmed that they valued Marsh extra.
The important thing for the veteran, although, is the truth that he could be a high quality particular groups participant. The Steelers are very probably so as to add at the very least one move rusher, probably within the draft, however that ought to preserve him round. They solely have Christian Kuntz and Jamir Jones behind him at this level.