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Predicting the Steelers’ Week 5 inactive list vs. the Falcon

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Predicting the Steelers’ Week 5 inactive list vs. the Falcon

Postby zhangzk » Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:06 am

Will Marcus Allen finally make his debut Authentic Chris Boswell Jersey , or will the newly-added Brian Allen’s special teams experience give him the advantage? Game StatusDoubtful:S Morgan Burnett (Groin)WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (ankle)LB Vince Williams Here are the possibilities to end up inactive for Week 5:Definitely:Once again nobody has been ruled out, but a “doubtful” designation has been the same thing for the Steelers in 2018.Most Likely:QB Mason Rudolph- Josh Dobbs could sprain an ankle walking into the stadium, but I doubt it. S Morgan Burnett- I sound like a broken record: his weekly progress was in the wrong direction. Burnett will be out again. LB Vince Williams- he didn’t practice all week. There isn’t much hope that he will dress Sunday. WR Darrius Heyward-Bey- it’s the same story as Vince. Hey-Bey was out all week, so playing this weekend isn’t likely to happen.DT L.T. Walton- The defensive line is healthy again this week, so Walton one again ends up being the guy to sit this one out.OT Zach Banner- he needs two linemen to be hurt in order to dress, and this week there are none. Possibly:OT Matt Feiler- last week the Steelers did dress an eighth lineman because their inactive list was already pretty full. It’s pretty full this week as well, but depth in other areas and special teams play may factor in more.S Marcus Allen- it’s very difficult to determine if the Steelers are interested in dressing this Allen. Because he hasn’t played at all, it’s hard to say if there’s any special teams value or positional depth he brings. Nat Burhe went on the IR this week and was replaced on the roster with a corner, so being a safety could help his cause.CB Brian Allen- he just moved from the practice squad to the main roster and has special teams experience from last season. It’s strange that he could not be on the 53, but once promoted jump ahead of others that are still waiting for a helmet.WR Justin Hunter- it’s not beyond the realm of possibility for the Steelers to go into the game with only four WR’s, especially with Ryan Switzer emerging as more than just a return man. Even though he brings nothing to special teams, Hunter will probably dress for depth and may even get a handful of snaps on offense.Unlikely:OT Marcus Gilbert- he did miss one practice this week with his injured hamstring http://www.pittsburghsteelersteamstore.com/terrell-edmunds-jersey , but didn’t end up with a designated game status. Unless something unexpected arises, Gilbert should be good to go.Projected Inactive List:Mason RudolphMorgan BurnettVince Williams Darrius Heyward-Bey L.T. WaltonZach Banner Marcus Allen I thought Marcus Allen was ready to get a helmet last week. For the Steelers chose to give it to Matt Feiler and his zero snaps for the game, it’s quite obvious that they don’t feel ready to use him even on special teams. Therefore, I think Brian Allen gets the helmet ahead of Marcus to help replace the special teams void left by Darius Heyward-Bey. Unless one of the doubtful players is somehow ready on Sunday, the Steelers carry the extra lineman in Feiler.Feel free to list your projected inactives in the comments below.Jordan Berry remaining with the Steelers is a surprise as the regular season begins Like any other year, there were several surprises after the Steelers trimmed their roster from 90 to 53 players on Saturday.Landry Jones is no longer the Steelers’ backup quarterback (big news). Brian Allen is a member of the practice squad (a bit of a surprise).However, while the position of punter isn’t exactly sexy, I’m a little shocked I’m writing like my third or fourth Jordan Berry article here at BTSC instead of my very first Matt Wile hot take. With Head Coach Mike Tomlin’s propensity for changing punters (the man switches punters more than I scroll through my many “options” on Roku’s free channel—there’s just nothing on there), I thought Berry would join Brad Wing, Mat McBriar, Zoltan Mesko, Drew Butler Authentic Alejandro Villanueva Jersey , Jeremy Kapinos and Daniel Sepulveda as ex-Steelers’ specialists. Why?With Wile out-punting Berry throughout the preseason (48.9 gross yards per punt vs. 41.4 gross yards per punt) as well as Tomlin calling Berry out in the press conference following the 51-34 loss to the Packers in the second exhibition game—the only one in-which Wile didn’t punt—the Aussie’s demise just seemed inevitable. Then there’s the whole supply-and-demand deal, where there are far-more punters waiting by the phonethan there are teams waiting to call them. And let’s not forget that, even more so than kickers, punters are the drifters of the football world and bounce around the league more than Dr. David Banner, physician, scientist, hitched around the country back in the 1970s (Mike Tomlin isn’t the only head coach aware of the supply-and-demand deal).So, let’s review:Jordan Berry is a punter. Berry is a punter who hasn’t been punting as well as he used to. Tomlin apparently hates punters. All head coaches have it out for punters. The Incredible Hulk was a great TV series from 1978-1982. Matt Wile punted better during the preseason. Yet, Berry is still the Steelers’ punter (as of this writing, anyway).I know what you might say, “There’s more to punting than gross average.” True, but the thing is Womens Le'Veon Bell Jersey , Berry finished fairly low in every meaningful stat in 2017—including gross average, net average, punts inside the 20 and touchbacks (finishing low in touchbacks is actually a good thing, but not if it’s your only good thing). I mean, when it comes to evaluating punters during the preseason, what is there to evaluate, other than watching them punt and watching where their punts land? The Steelers had more than enough visual evidence to give Berry the boot and give Wile his old job, so, again, why is the former still employed by the Black-and-gold?Who am I kidding? At the end of the day, this whole punter controversy isn’t a huge deal. As I alluded to earlier, I now love watching streaming television Womens Jordan Berry Jersey , which means it was inevitable that I would gravitate towards old Steelers’ games on YouTube. Did you know the Steelers’ special teams were pretty awful during their magnificent Super Bowl run of the 1970s? How bad were Pittsburgh’s special teams? So bad, Tomlin would have been changing punters at halftime of most games. Also, Berry could get the ax at any moment (like, 27 hours before this article is published, which would make me look like a fool), so him surviving the final cut means very little.So, why am I writing about Jordan Berry? It beats writing about Le’Veon Bell — again.
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