3 Steelers practice squad players who could be on the active roster soon
By Tommy Jaggi
The Pittsburgh Steelers recently signed fifteen players to their practice squad. Here are three who could find themselves on the active roster soon.
The Steelers recently cut their roster down to 53 players, and I was happy with most of their selections who made the final cut. However, Pittsburgh may not be done making moves yet.
Mike Tomlin’s team is currently very thin at a few positions, and it’s possible that they could look to bolster them via trade or free agency. Likewise, Stephon Tuitt, Zach Banner, and Anthony McFarland landed on injured reserve and there could be players from the practice squad promoted soon. Here are three practice squad players who could find themselves on the active roster early in the 2021 season:
S Karl Joseph
The plan is to move Karl Joseph from the practice squad to the active roster soon, Gerry Dulac of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Joseph, a former first-round pick back in 2016, never lived up to lofty expectations coming out of West Virginia. However, his experience at the safety position (49 starts) is a welcome addition to this team.
For those hoping that Joseph is being brought up to take Terrell Edmunds’ starting gig, don’t hold your breath. Edmunds took a big step forward for the Steelers in 2020 and, unless he really struggles this year, he’s not getting demoted anytime soon.
On the active roster, Joseph would offer flexibility and insurance in the secondary. It’s also well-known that the Steelers are looking for a player to fill the dime backer role, and this is something they may have in mind for Joseph. Whatever the reason, it appears Joseph should be getting promoted from the practice squad soon.