The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for the 2021 regular season, but before the real games begin, the team has to head to training camp to fine tune their skills. As we here at BTSC prepare you for the start of camp, we give you a series called “30 Scenarios in 30 Days” which gives you a Steelers scenario every day leading up to the start of camp.
It is simple how it works. We provide you the scenario, reasons why it will or won’t happen, and then our prediction for what we think will take place.
Let’s get to the scenario...
Scenario: The Steelers will have an offensive player make the Pro Bowl in 2021
Steelers offensive players to make the Pro Bowl:
2020 (2): David DeCastro, Maurkice Pouncey
2019 (2): David DeCastro, Maurkice Pouncey
2018 (6): Antoinio Brown, James Conner, David DeCastro, Maurkice Pouncey, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Alejandro Villanueva
2017 (7): Le’Veon Bell, Antoinio Brown, David DeCastro, Roosevelt Nix, Maurkice Pouncey, Ben Roethlisberger, Alejandro Villanueva
Why it will happen: The Pittsburgh Steelers have some pretty dynamic young players, so the chance that one of them could step up and have a Pro Bowl season is not a stretch. Whether it’s one of the young wide receivers or the Steelers shinny new running back for 2021, thinking one could step up and be recognized is not a huge stretch. Add in Ben Roethlisberger, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Eric Ebron who have been to there before, and there are plenty of possibilities to earn a Pro Bowl selection in 2021.
Why it won’t happen: Over the last two seasons, the Steelers had the same two offensive players be the only one selected to the Pro Bowl. With no more David DeCastro or Maurkice Pouncey on the roster, you have to go back to 2018 to find someone who is still a member of the Steelers offense to be selected. With no player jumping out on the offensive line and the chance of the ball being spread around to the plethora of receivers, it’s hard to find someone who will break through. It’s also difficult for a rookie to be selected in their first year, so both Najee Harris and Pratt Freiermuth have an uphill battle. If I just had to pick one player to make the Pro Bowl right now from the Steelers offense, it’s difficult to have one player who would be a safe bet.
Prediction: While I was extremely tempted to say the Steelers will have an offensive player make the Pro Bowl in 2021 because someone’s going to do more than expected, I ultimately changed my mind. I’m actually sort of rooting for the Steelers to not have an offensive player make the Pro Bowl. Why would I do that? When looking into the past players chosen as a member of the Steelers, the last time they didn’t have a player for the offensive side of the ball selected, and the answer was in 2008. So the last time the Steelers didn’t have an offensive player make the Pro Bowl, they also won the Super Bowl. Maybe I’m just being petty, but I prefer one bowl over the other.
Check out yesterday’s ‘30 Scenarios in 30 Days’ prediction:
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