Throughout the lengthy NFL offseason a lot can change. You have the major events like NFL Free Agency, the NFL Draft and workouts throughout the offseason. Throw in retirements, trades and released players and there is plenty of news to carry fans over until the regular season starts in the fall.
With that said, the landscape of any of the 32 NFL franchises can change dramatically in just a few short months. When you look at what the Pittsburgh Steelers have seen this offseason, change is an understatement.
They watched Bud Dupree, Mike Hilton, Matt Feiler and Alejandro Villanueva leave via free agency. Steven Nelson was released due to salary cap restraints, and David DeCastro was released due to injury. Players like Vince Williams and Tyson Alualu were thought to be lost, only to return to the Steelers for specific reasons. Maurkice Pouncey and Vance McDonald decided to call it a career and retire.
So, needless to say the Steelers have had their share of roster shake up this offseason. Throughout the offseason, with acquisitions like Trai Turner, Miles Killebrew and Joe Haeg, does it move the needle at all for you?
Before we get to the question of if your view of the Steelers has changed throughout the offseason, let’s take a look at the latest OVER/UNDER win totals for the AFC North. This is per the Pro Football Network:
Baltimore Ravens: 11
Cleveland Browns: 9.5
Pittsburgh Steelers: 8.5
Cincinnati Bengals: 6.5
The Cleveland Browns come into the 2021 NFL season with one of the easiest schedule in the league, and should top their projected win total of 9.5. Yet, this is the Browns we are talking about, so exercise some caution. The Baltimore Ravens are valued pretty much spot on. They should be strong again this year, but a schedule that ranks in the top half for the toughest in the league could limit them.
There does seem to be potential value when we look at the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers. Both have extremely difficult schedules in 2021, putting the under in sharp focus. However, the Steelers are the team that is the most enticing. Their schedule never really has any weak points, and the finish is grueling.
With that out of the way, now we come to the point of the article where you have to consider all that has happened this offseason, including draft additions, and whether your outlook has improved, or declined?
Let us know your thoughts in the poll below, and feel free to explain yourself in the comment section below! Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the 2021 regular season.
With the offseason nearing its end, how has your outlook changed with the 2021 Steelers?
This poll is closed
It has gotten better, I feel like this is going to be a good year!
It has gotten worse, this year is going to be bad.
Meh. Nothing has really changed, my thoughts remain the same.