Pittsburgh Steelers: 5 Most Disappointing Players Of The Preseason
I still see the team going undefeated all the way to winning the Super Bowl this season however, not everything has been perfect.
Here are five players who I personally had high expectations at the beginning of camp who I have been pretty disappointed with so far.
I was very surprised that John Clay went undrafted in April and I thought it was interesting that the Steelers signed him as an undrafted free agent.
I did not think Clay would be a contributor this season, although I did think he could at least push Jonathan Dwyer for a roster spot.
The reality is that Clay has a total of 27 rushing yards at 3.4 yards per carry and has barely done enough to warrant a spot on the Practice Squad let alone the 53-man roster.
Mario Harvey is another guy the Steelers signed as an undrafted free agent who I thought had a very good chance to make the final roster.
I thought the Steelers would actually draft him in April and thought he could contribute as a special teams guy as a rookie.
Unfortunately, Harvey has been injured throughout camp and the entire preseason and if the Steelers do not place him on IR, I think a team will pick him up before they can get him on the practice squad.
The Steelers had high hopes for Chris Scott for this season after he was injured for most of his rookie year.
Everything had lined up for Scott to become the starting right guard or at worst be a primary backup on the offensive line.
Scott then ensued to look dazed and confused pretty much every time he has seen time this preseason and I will be surprised if he makes the roster.
Jason Worilds was the Steelers 2nd round pick last year and was a major special teams contributor as a rookie in 2010.
Worilds also flashed some ability to get to the quarterback in his rookie year and is going to be looked upon as the primary backup to both James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley this season.
I do not think that he is going to lose his job however, Worilds has only one QB hit this preseason and has not recorded a single tackle to this point.
Baron Batch may have only been a 7th round pick and the Steelers will survive without him, yet I was extremely disappointed that he tore his ACL.
I know there have been articles asking who cares and pretty much mocking fans who were disheartened by Batch’s injury, and I obviously disagree.
It is not that I thought Batch was the savior of the Steelers or that the team will do terrible without him, however, I like and root for guys who seem like they are really fighting for a spot on the roster.
Honestly, I thought the Steelers could choose to cut Mewelde Moore and have Batch be the third down back and at worst he would have probably taken Jonathan Dwyer’s roster spot.
Maybe he would have been a major contributor this season in some way or maybe he would have been inactive for the year, but I was severely disappointed that he got injured and I did not get to see him in the Preseason.