Continuing with part 71 of our 80-part (Give or take 10...) series — assuming the roster does not change before we are complete — which will break down each player of the Steelers current 90-man roster in alphabetical order. This series will encompass many aspects of each players game and their current role with the team. At the end, I’ll give some projected stats as well as their chances to make the 53-man roster.
Let’s check out second year, back-up linebacker:
Height: 6’ 3”
Weight: 246 lbs
Draft: UDFA in 2019
6 Games played (all for the New York Giants)
1 Fumble recovery
1 QB hit
Expires in 2022
$675,000 salary cap number (.3% of total cap)
$0 Dead money
$675,000 Savings if cut
Likelihood of making the roster
Probable. The Steelers currently only have six outside linebackers on its current roster. Those being: T.J. Watt, Bud Dupree, Alex Highsmith, Olasunkanmi Adeniyi, James Lockhart, and Skipper. The organization typically brings nine total linebackers with them into the regular season, and only three inside linebackers are locks to make this team (Devin Bush, Vince Williams, and Ulysees Gilbert III). If the Steelers end up cutting James Lockhart then Skipper will be a virtual lock on the main roster.
The overwhelming majority of outside linebacker snaps will be given to Watt, Dupree, and 2020 third round pick, Alex Highsmith. Skipper, and fellow Toledo alum Adeniyi will be asked to take a special teams based role, as well as a few defensive snaps here and there. I don’t expect much out of Tuzar as a pass rusher but he can make an impact in other ways.
14 Games played
The Steelers outside linebacker group is one of the strongest units not only on the Steelers team, but in the entire NFL. T.J. Watt will again flirt with the Defensive Player of the Year award, Bud Dupree can again put up double digit sacks, Alex Highsmith can leave a strong impression in his rookie season, and both Tuzar Skipper and Ola Adeniyi can provide solid depth, and special teams snaps.
Moving in the 2021 season, Skipper could find himself as the organizations third outside linebacker and will be called upon more heavily on the defensive side of the football. Skipper needs to put up a solid sophomore campaign to prove himself worthy of the promotion.
J.T. Barrett -Cut
Antoine Brooks Jr.
Josiah Coatney -Cut
Ulysees Gilbert III
Quadree Henderson -Cut
Dewayne Hendrix -Cut
Christian Kuntz -Cut
Anthony McFarland Jr.
Christian Montano -Cut