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Predicting the potential of the Steelers recent free agent signings

Where do the newest Steelers fit in?

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have made a number of outside acquisitions in the past couple weeks. While none these moves have been earth shattering, they all fill a specific need for this team. Below is a list of outside free agents whom signed with the Steelers since the start of the 2021 league year, and I predict their potential this season.

Joe Haeg - OT

Haeg most notably won Super Bowl LV with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a game in which he dropped a gimmick pass. While struggling when thrust into the starters position, Haeg found a spot as the Buccaneers jumbo tight end.

Potential: Jumbo tight end & backup tackle

Miles Killebrew - S

Killebrew moved from safety to linebacker in the Detroit Lions scheme, but a return to Coach Teryl Austin’s secondary should see Killebrew move back into the defensive backfield. A core special teamer, Killebrew relies on sheer will and determination to get the job done.

Potential: Special teams ace, back up safety, possible nickel corner

Kalen Ballage - RB

Ballage has bounced around the NFL in just a few short years. Ballage future with the team relies on what this team does in the NFL Draft. Five runners are already on the roster so it may be a challenge for him to crack the lineup.

Potential: Depth piece at best

Rashaad Coward - OG

The Steelers desperately needed some offensive line depth and they get that from the defensive lineman turned guard. Adriann Klemm will try to build him up like Mike Munchak did to Alejandro Villanueva before him.

Potential: Back-up

Jarvis Miller - MLB

A former Penn State middle linebacker, Miller was part of the 2020 draft class which was glossed over do to the pandemic. A relative unknown, imagine Miller is like a rookie mini camp invitee.

Potential: Practice squad

Tyler Simmons - WR

Simmons caught the eye of Kevin Colbert at Georgia’s Pro Day, after spending parts of the 2020 season on the Texans roster. Simmons will push for a practice squad spot

Potential: Practice squad

Mathew Sexton - WR

Same as the top three players Sexton is getting an opportunity after testing very well at Eastern Michigan’s Pro Day. With blazing 4.3 speed perhaps the Steelers can use this ability to fill a need.

Potential: Practice squad


That's the list, what do you think? Do the Steelers have a diamond in the rough in this group let us know your thoughts down in the comments below.