Hi. For the six of you that still check in on this site hoping to see an update, thanks for that! But today we actually have something for you, and we hope you enjoy it. Since Adam is a Steelers season ticket holder, he will share his thoughts and observations from each home game. We call it The View From 522 (because that’s where he sits).
Well, LaMarr Woodley promised that the Steelers wouldn’t go 0-2. Here’s to hoping the Jets game doesn’t end in a tie. In other news: let’s go Eagles.
And so it begins. Feel free to comment on the early games while we wait for a Tebow-less return trip to Denver.
It is, as they say, go time. Despite the injuries, old players, young players and the new offense, I feel pretty good about this season. Of course, I felt the same way heading into Week 1 a year ago and look how that turned out.
The Steelers must cut their roster to 53 before midnight today. But that will likely not be the opening-day roster, which is what we try to project at SteelersLounge.com throughout the offseason. With all the various Steelers who are nursing injuries that may sideline them for week 1, and Pittsburgh a strong possibility to claim a released player or two from other squads due to injuries and/or a lack of talent in the second half of the Steelers’ preseason roster at several positions, it is unlikely anyone can accurately project the squad’s 53-player opening-day roster at this point.
The NFL and NFLPA wisely just agreed upon a new rule, which allows teams to place one player on injured reserve for eight weeks. Prior to this agreement all players put on IR were lost for the entire season. Pittsburgh fans can call this the David DeCastro rule, since the rookie first-round pick from Stanford would have cost the team a roster spot even though he is not expected back return from knee surgery until after missing 8-12 games. A quirk of the rule requires that DeCastro be on the initial 53-man roster, meaning someone like Charlie Batch, Baron Batch, David Gilreath, a defensive back, or a linebacker will be cut today, but that one player is likely re-signed to the 53-man roster next week after DeCastro is officially placed on the half-season IR list. Continue reading
The preseason is over except for the final roster cutdown. Pittsburgh thwarted a two-point conversion by the Panthers in the final minutes, then watched as a last-second Panthers field goal missed wide right in Pittsburgh’s 17-16 win.
Personally, I wish that the proposed two-game preseason had been enacted this year. We’d possibly still have a healthy David DeCastro, lost to a knee injury last week against the Bills, and maybe we’d still have a healthy Sean Spence, lost to a knee injury tonight against the Panthers.
We don’t have a final prognosis on Spence yet, but with the way he was flailing in pain before he was carted off the field, it sure looks like Spence won’t be stepping on the field again until after the season. Continue reading
Nothing quite so demoralizing as losing a rookie first-rounder — and a starter — on a meaningless play in a meaningless game at the hands of his own teammate. But if there’s a silver lining in all this it’s that the Steelers’ offense came out of its coma after DeCastro left the field on a cart, with Ramon Foster at right guard.
The point: Pittsburgh and Big Ben (he was calling the plays during that 98-yard end-of-half drive!) seem to be at their best with their metophorical backs against the wall. So, yes, losing DeCastro is devasting. But the Steelers will be okay. (That said: enough with the injuries. I’m tired of saying this.)
It has been an offseason of change for the Steelers, highlighted by the forced retirements of Pittsburgh legends James Farrior, Aaron Smith and Hines Ward.
The Steelers, however, remain one of the better teams in the NFL and a legitimate Super Bowl contender so long as quarterback Ben Roethlisber and safety Troy Polamalu stay healthy. As we have wrote since the end of last season, this is the weakest the bottom half of the Steelers’ training-camp/preseason roster (players 45 through 90) has been in nearly a decade, which is why picking the team’s final 53-man roster is not only less worrisome than usual, but may even be fruitless at this juncture.
It’s another Steelers Lounge Podcast…
The Steelers came out the other side of the Colts get-together relatively unscathed and, really, that’s all we can ask for. Except that we have unreasonably high expectations so we asked for a bunch of other stuff too.
Gretz recaps his view from 522, reiterating that he’s not all that concerned with the lack of depth at running back. On the other side of the ball, JJ laments the reality that Chris Carter could very well be the opening-day starter as well as the possibility that Jason Worilds could begin the year on the PUP.
We also hit the normal stuff — the offensive line (Mike Adams regressed against Indy but Colon and DeCastro looked sharp), the wide receivers, and perhaps the most underreported story of the last decade: IKE TAYLOR’S PICK-6.
We wrap things up by discussing Drew Butler and Daniel Hrapmann’s chances of making the final 53, and have that very same conversation about Weslye Saunders.
Talking starts promptly…
Alright nerds, training camp is over and we’re nearly halfway through the preseason. (I’m posting this on Sunday afternoon to also serve as the Colts-Steelers game thread. Dear Lord, please don’t let there be any injuries. Thanks in advance.) Feel free to share your thoughts on the Sunday night get-together, who played well, who didn’t, how the roster is shaping up and the guys on the bubble…