For the first time in our voyage throughout the Pittsburgh Steelers 90-man roster, we are focusing on a specialist. One of the biggest decisions for the organization, and battles leading up to 2016, will take place at the placekicker position.
Player: Shaun Suisham
School: Bowling Green
Suisham came to the Steelers during the 2010 season and initially struggled during his first two years in Pittsburgh. I can still see the shank against the Packers in the Super Bowl in my head. In 2011, he only made 74-percent of his attempts and particularly struggled from 40 or more yards away. Then from 2012 to 2014 he turned into "mister automatic" from 40-49 yards -- not missing even one. He also got his overall percentage up to the 90s.
Things were going well for Suisham until he attempted to make a tackle in the Steelers first preseason game of 2015 and tore his ACL. Whether you blame Suisham for attempting a tackle in a preseason game or the field condition --something Suisham does and has spoken to the NFL about -- what is uncontroversial is that losing Suisham cost the Steelers dearly as they went through a series of ineffective kickers, costing them at least one win, before discovering Chris Boswell who turned in a stellar year filling in. Since Suisham has yet to attempt a field goal in the ten months since his injury and it's not known yet whether he'll be ready by time training camp starts it's not looking too promising for Suisham's Steeler career. Perhaps they bring him in to challenge Boswell if he's healthy enough by Training camp but Boswell is ten years younger and two million dollars cheaper so Suisham would have to be pretty remarkable to make the team. Most likely Suisham begins the year not on a roster while he rehabs his leg then joins a team elsewhere.
Accuracy from short to mid-range
Might not be ready for camp
Leg is shaky from 50+ yards
Cheaper Options available
Chances of Making the team: 10%