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Steelers News: Examining the depth at safety for the Steelers in 2020

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It has been a one-of-a-kind offseason for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2020. Unable to attend most player pro days and participating in the NFL’s first virtual draft, the Steelers keep pushing forward toward a return to football activities. Just because the NFL has cancelled the 2020 Hall of Fame Game and cut the preseason to an undetermined amount of games doesn’t mean we stop providing you with features, commentary and opinions to tide you over throughout the offseason!

Today in the black-and-gold links article we take a look at the depth chart at safety for the upcoming season.

Let’s get to the news:

  • Is the Steelers depth at safety one of the biggest concerns for 2020/

Safeties in need of support in 2020

By: Jeff Hartman, DK Pittsburgh Sports

When looking into the Steelers’ depth at every position throughout this series, it becomes obvious how the organization has built an impressive starting roster. Put an emphasis on starting roster. The depth at certain positions leaves a lot to be desired.

With that said, not all positions are created equal in this regard. Look at the wide receiver position and the tremendous depth there. Then look at the safety position, and you quickly realize depth there is lacking.

No NFL roster is complete from top to bottom. Every team has positions where, if they suffer an injury, they will be crippled. For most teams, quarterback would be atop the list of positions at which they can ill afford to lose their starter. The Steelers’ inept offense in 2019 proved that without Ben Roethlisberger, but entering the 2020 season, there are other positions which should have fans praying to the football gods the starters remain healthy.

Safety would certainly be one of those.

Before breaking down the battles which await the team in training camp at the end of July, let’s take a look at the depth chart.


Marcus Allen
John Battle
Antoine Brooks Jr. (R)
Jordan Dangerfield
Terrell Edmunds
Minkah Fitzpatrick
Tyree Kinnel

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  • Several Steelers speak up while many around the league are silent

Steelers’ Cam Heyward, Zach Banner strong voices after DeSean Jackson comments

By: Tim Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

In June, when Saints quarterback Drew Brees said he couldn’t condone players protesting the national anthem, he was excoriated by athletes throughout the sports world. By the media. And on Twitter.

He went from one of the most popular players in football to a national pariah overnight.

To be clear, all Brees did was say he wouldn’t join a protest of the national anthem. He didn’t quote Adolf Hitler.

DeSean Jackson did. Well, he tried.

Regardless of the source of the anti-Semitic screed he posted on Instagram last weekend, it was 100 times worse than anything Brees said.

At worst, what Brees said was tone deaf and ill-timed.

At best, what Jackson said was disgusting.

In reality, it was hate speech.

However, very few NFL players — especially those who are black — have gone after Jackson for attacking an ethnic minority group with the same vigor as Brees was assailed for simply saying he wasn’t on board with kneeling for the anthem.

That goes against the suggestion that eliminating prejudice on all fronts was the goal of the recent wave of protests in the wake of George Floyd’s killing. Part of the stated hope of those marches allegedly was to unify people and decry any sort of hate toward others based on skin color or ethnicity.

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  • The Steelers had very little turnover from their 2019 defense

Better, worse or the same? Defense’s continuity gives Steelers high hopes for 2020

By: Brooke Pryor, ESPN

It’s hard to improve on the performance the Pittsburgh Steelers defense put together last season. As a unit, the defense finished fifth in the NFL in yards allowed (304.1) and points per game allowed (18.9). The group also led the league in takeaways with 38.

The Steelers’ defense enters the 2020 season down two starters, but they can still be the same or better than a year ago thanks to the return of another starter from injury and more time in the system for newer defensive starters.

And, with the coronavirus pandemic causing an altered offseason and preseason, the Steelers’ continuity on defense will be a significant advantage in 2020. After sizing up the offense last week, let’s look at the outlook for the defense going into this season.

Defensive line

Additions: Carlos Davis (seventh-round pick), Chris Wormley (trade with Baltimore), Cavon Walker (XFL), Dewayne Hendrix (XFL), Josiah Coatney (undrafted free agent), Calvin Taylor (undrafted free agent)

Losses: Javon Hargrave (Eagles)

Retuners: Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt, Tyson Alualu, Isaiah Buggs, Dan McCullers, Henry Mondeaux

Better, worse or the same? Same

Yes, the Steelers have to cope with the big loss of Hargrave. That shouldn’t go unnoticed, and it will undoubtedly affect the defensive line. But they will get a boost from the return of Tuitt, who was on pace for his best season when he tore his pectoral muscle against the Chargers in Week 6 and finished the year on IR. Before the injury, Tuitt had 3.5 sacks, and if he can return to that form, he’ll complement Pro Bowl defensive end Heyward.

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