5 practice squad players the Steelers need to poach in 2021

Defensive end Bradlee Anae #56 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Defensive end Bradlee Anae #56 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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Tight End Quintin Morris #81 from Bowling Green (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) /

With the Steelers now a long shot to make the playoffs, the team would be wise to try and poach these five practice squad players from other teams.

Things seem pretty bleak for the Steelers for the remainder of this season, as their record is middle of the road and an extremely tough end-of-the-year schedule makes the playoff odds for the team seem slim. While poaching other teams’ practice squads is never a good sign for the remainder of the season, it does give the team a chance to add players that they had liked and keep them around for the upcoming offseason.

Here are five players the Steelers should try and poach from opposing practice squads.

Steelers should poach Morris

While the Steelers have their tight end of the future in Pat Freiermuth, the long-term depth at the position is in question. While Zach Gentry has developed well as a blocker, his receiving ability is easily below average. Eric Ebron is the residential pass-catching tight end, but his deal is up after this year so the team will be down an athletic tight end moving forward.

Quintin Morris was one of the more intriguing tight ends from this draft class. Coming out of Bowling Green, the focus on Morris was if he would try and make a full-time shift back to a receiver. His shorter stature and bigger size make him more of an H-back, but he should still have a role as a receiving threat. He can’t block, but with Freiermuth and Gentry in front of him, Morris would be a unique threat. With Ebron out the door in the near future, finding a good receiving option is key. Morris can potentially fill those shoes.