August 30, 2019 at 2:50 am #35713
Tuzar Skipper couldn’t possibly have done more to prove he deserves not only a spot on the 53 but playing time behind Watt and Dupree. Tonight, he debuted on STs and immediately looked like he was the team’s best coverage player. I understand that Chickillo got a new contract and you’d have to eat it if you cut him, but I’d at least think about IR-ing (designated to return) Chickillo and letting Skipper be the new Chickillo.
Two guys I’m rooting for, Devlin Hodges and Diontae Spencer… neither got a fair shake. The OL play in front of Hodges was abysmal, Benny Snell is not going to put you in makeable 3rd downs, and his WRs dropped balls. Spencer saw everyone else get return opportunities on a night where he pretty much needed to break a big return or two. Spencer did have a nice route and grab on 3rd and long, which makes one more 3rd and long conversion this preseason than Switzer had.
The big night for Holton definitely puts him in play. Call me a contrarian, but I’d be perfectly fine going into the season with Holton and Spencer as the #5 and #6 WRs. I’d rather see Diontae Johnson get slot action behind JuJu than waste any more snaps on Switzer. Rogers hasn’t looked like a guy who wants to earn a job, but rather like one who thinks he has one locked up. We shall see.
Speaking of wasted snaps, I could never see another Tyler Matakevich defensive snap and be perfectly fine with it. Much like the overexposed preseasons of Landry Jones, we’ve seen all we need to see of Matakevich and he’s not going to get any better.
In general, this preseason has been terrific for the Steelers. I feel generally optimistic about where the team is heading into week 1… but tonight was not its best personnel nor effort.
August 30, 2019 at 3:58 am #35717
B2B! I’ve found you! Good recap. Skipper has to make it, and I think you finally put Rogers down and roll with Holton.
Our LB depth is insane, and Dirty Red needs not be a part of it. He needs to go.
This isn’t the season Tomlin can play favorites. You roll with talent and talent alone. Dobbs needs to go. Rogers needs to go. Matakevich needs to go.
Good to hear from you brother!
August 30, 2019 at 3:59 am #35718
Chipped ham sandwich
What’s going on with Steeler Fury!!
We need it!!
August 30, 2019 at 4:09 am #35719
SteelerFury isn’t going to get back up at least until Fury can be located. He’s been AWOL for a while. I’ve been trying to reach him for weeks.
August 30, 2019 at 6:04 am #35723
Looking forward to the cuts and seeing some surprises with a group of young, speedy and hungry athletes looking to contribute where ever they can.
Preparing to be let down but will keep holding hope until i read the 53.
August 30, 2019 at 11:19 am #35735
In search of STD
So we may be experiencing technical problems for a while then?
August 30, 2019 at 12:28 pm #35736
Yes, it looks that way
August 30, 2019 at 3:26 pm #35739
Guys I absolutely do not want to risk losing, aside from the obvious ones:
Guys I would like to keep around:
Guys who will probably make the roster and I actively do not want:
August 30, 2019 at 4:53 pm #35745
Hodges got railroaded. Didn’t get a chance at all to showcase his skills behind a crappy o line and no real skill players. I hate to say this, but I think he’s a goner.
August 30, 2019 at 5:34 pm #35748
August 30, 2019 at 6:02 pm #35749
August 30, 2019 at 7:25 pm #35759
“August 30, 2019 at 6:17 pm #35751REPLY
The word is out on Tuzar Shakur. If he don’t make it he ain’t going to clear waivers. How they handle Skipper vs. Chickillo and Matakevich will show me a lot about whether Mikey T. has learned anything. Do not let this guy go somewhere else.”
LOL, Tuzar Shakur and Bennie Smalls.
August 31, 2019 at 4:53 pm #35810
August 30, 2019 at 4:54 pm #35746
What? You don’t like bennie snell football?
August 30, 2019 at 5:07 pm #35747
August 30, 2019 at 6:15 pm #35750
Professor half-wit? I like it.
Snell is a rookie. I’m guessing he’ll get better. Dixon is two years in. But it would be funny if the steelers picked him up. It’d be the second dixon trade between those teams.
August 30, 2019 at 6:17 pm #35751
The word is out on Tuzar Shakur. If he don’t make it he ain’t going to clear waivers. How they handle Skipper vs. Chickillo and Matakevich will show me a lot about whether Mikey T. has learned anything. Do not let this guy go somewhere else.
August 30, 2019 at 6:23 pm #35752
I’m a fan of Johnny Holton, he needs to be the 6th WR
August 30, 2019 at 10:07 pm #35781
August 30, 2019 at 6:29 pm #35754
Keep Holton and Skipper; cut Rogers and Matakevich.
August 30, 2019 at 6:55 pm #35755
41 spots on this team are locked down. Here’s what it comes down to for the remaining position battles:
Dobbs vs. Hodges at QB
Snell vs. Edmunds at RB
Switzer/Rogers/Spencer/Holton at WR (pick 2)
Dangerfield/Allen/Kelly at S (pick 2)
They’re not keeping more than 3 RB, 4 safeties, or 6 WR
That gives you 47 roster spots with 6 to go, so you need to cut one of the following:
– Zach Gentry
– Fred Johnson
If it were me, Matakevich is the obvious cut here…but who knows.
August 30, 2019 at 6:57 pm #35756
Agreed Pabst. I think Mata goes.
August 30, 2019 at 8:23 pm #35767
I like that, Pabst: “Oli Maatakevich”
August 30, 2019 at 7:18 pm #35758
@pabst. Ola on injured reserve allows for one less cut, or takes him off that list. IOW, they can keep one “extra” player, yes? Then decide later in the season as things go, injuries, etc.
Agree with everything else. I’d go with holton and spencer. Although I think BR likes switzer. Should be interesting how this ends up.
August 30, 2019 at 7:34 pm #35760
@Cor-ten yeah, they could IR Ola, but then he can’t play til week 9 or 10. I guess if he won’t be ready for a while anyway then that makes sense.
They could also go the route of keeping only 5 WR, 8 OL, or 3 safeties.
Unlike most of the board, I see only a dimes worth of difference between every WR beyond the top 3
Bottom line is that I’ll be livid if they keep Matakevich over Gilbert or Skipper
August 30, 2019 at 7:47 pm #35761
I see the ceiling for spencer a lot higher than switzer. Unfortunately, the steelers have held onto rogers for three seasons, through an injury, and why would BR take switzer on a boat ride if he didn’t think he’d be hanging around?
August 30, 2019 at 8:00 pm #35763
Hey thanks B2B for the hangout for the displaced SF refugees. Who do I complain to regarding the conditions? (kidding, KIDDING). Actually finding myself getting geeked for the approaching season-opener 😮
Anyway good to see you knuckleheads again — hope all is well w/Fury (wasn’t too alarmed he wasn’t starting the preseason game threads as he didn’t last year either …)
BTW nice nod to Swiss there with the new/temp moniker, Prof 🙂 … Wonder if his Commodore 486 computer will be able to adequately search the worldwideweb for this new location?
August 30, 2019 at 8:28 pm #35768
re: Switzer on the boat ride… I think Spencer was on there, too.
re: Ola to IR… I think they’ll be reluctant to do that if he is (as was reported) nearly ready to return. Original diagnosis was 2-4 weeks, and we’re already 2 weeks in. Also, IR to return players have to be on 53 man roster at cutdown, then placed on IR to open a spot. That means you can’t use it for an extra roter spot to keep someone from being exposed to waivers. I have no problem letting Snell, Gentry, Matakevich, or even Fred Johnson pass through waivers. I am reluctant to expose Spillane or Tevin Jones but they probably won’t move the meter for another team. No way do I want to expose Gilbert, Skipper, Banner, Kelly, or Spencer.
August 30, 2019 at 8:30 pm #35769
and the narrative that Oli Maatakevich is a “beast on teams” is a joke. He is STs willing and capable but not a standout player, especially this year.
August 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm #35782
If Hodges is cut he ain’t going to be a Steeler.
August 30, 2019 at 10:10 pm #35783
No way do I want to expose Gilbert, Skipper, Banner, Kelly, or Spencer.
August 30, 2019 at 10:11 pm #35784
August 31, 2019 at 4:02 pm #35809
Thank you for doing this while the site is down.
September 1, 2019 at 2:29 am #35858
I don;’t know about a “beast” but Snell gave good effort and flashed a little on STs.
Holton, Tevin Jones, Samuels, Nix, Skipper, Scales… those guys were really good on teams this preseason.