There is still one preseason game left to go, but these three Pittsburgh Steelers have been utterly disappointing in the 2021 NFL preseason.
It’s hard to be too disappointed with what we have seen from the Pittsburgh Steelers so far during the 2021 NFL preseason. The offense has improved drastically since the Hall of Fame Game against the Dallas Cowboys, and most of the starters have looked very good over the past few weeks.
However, not all reports are good. After going back and watching the film, there were a few players who haven’t come close to meeting expectations we had for them this summer. Here are three players who have been utter disappointments so far in the NFL preseason:
1. LB Robert Spillane
If you are using box score stats to justify how good a player has been in the preseason, I beg you to stop doing that. Despite earning 12 tackles in part-time action through his first three preseason contests, Robert Spillane has been downright pitiful in exhibition action, and most of these tackles are coming down the field as a result of being late to the ball or allowing easy catches across the middle of the field.
Coverage has been a huge issue for Spillane all summer, and he looked terrible in one-on-one drills at training camp this year. Unfortunately, he’s been equally as bad in this department in the preseason so far. In addition, Spillane just looks slow to diagnose and get to the ball carrier and has taken some atrocious angles over his first three preseason games.
The Steelers showed their lack of trust in Spillane by going out and trading for Joe Schobert just weeks before the start of the season. Spillane has graded out horribly during the preseason, and it’s not hard to see why.