Now that the 2021 season is over, bringing one more yr of disappointment, a fifth consecutive season with no postseason victories, it’s time to take inventory of the place the Pittsburgh Steelers stand. Specifically, the place Steelers gamers stand individually primarily based on what we have now seen and are seeing over the course of the season and into the offseason because it performs out. We will even be reviewing gamers primarily based 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 reasoning. In some circumstances, it is going to be primarily based on extra lengthy-time period developments. In different cases, it is going to be a direct response to one thing that simply occurred. Because of this, we will and can see a participant greater than as soon as over the course of the season as we transfer ahead.
Player: DL Larry Ogunjobi
Stock Value: Up
Reasoning: The Steelers’ large late free-agent acquisition is already a winner just by advantage of the truth that he’s not on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform List. While Ogunjobi is just not ready to be a full participant in apply following offseason foot surgical procedure, his being eligible to apply, and even doing a bit of sunshine work, is a really optimistic signal about his readiness for the beginning of the common season.
It may not appear to be a lot, particularly now, however there was a real query as as to if or not Larry Ogunjobi would be capable to keep away from being positioned on the Active/PUP List in the beginning of coaching camp, which might have been a priority relating to the well being projection of his foot.
The Steelers solely signed Ogunjobi as a result of Stephon Tuitt retired. The sixth-yr former Bengal and Brown truly had a giant free-agent take care of the Chicago Bears worn out again in March as a result of they failed him on his bodily on account of his foot, so this harm isn’t some type of joke. It’s severe.
Even the person himself had beforehand expressed some hesitance towards committing to with the ability to be bodily wholesome sufficient to have the ability to play by the point the common season opens, however the degree he’s at the moment at now could be a optimistic step in that route.
Of course, he’s not doing a lot proper now, even when it’s barely greater than nothing, however the Steelers can extra simply observe and monitor him by with the ability to get him on the sector. And the truth that they needed to try this as an alternative of put him on the Active/PUP List—thereby negating the chance to place him on the Reserve/PUP List when the common season begins—is one other indication of their confidence within the progress of his foot.
Which is a giant deal, as a result of they’re going to must depend upon him being a significant contributor to the protection this yr. Meanwhile, Tyson Alualu is on the Active/PUP List with some knee swelling, a problem that he mentioned dates again to spring drills. Which doesn’t essentially sound all that nice.