Good Friday to you, Steelers’ Nation. Hope you all had a great week. The Pittsburgh Steelers completed their off-season OTAs. Next week there will be a mandatory minicamp for three days before the month-long break until the team reports to training camp (hopefully at St. Vincent College). We learned JuJu Smith-Schuster’s hopes to play more on the outside this yesr, status of Devin Bush’s knee, and that Robert Spillane speaks as if he is the team will start ILB in 2021.
We’re also bringing you some fun offseason content to get us through the next few weeks. Be sure to check out today’s Terrible Podcast. Josh Carney and Owen Straley joined Dave and me to break down the Steelers’ draft pick.
As usual, I have five questions on Friday night that yinz can answer these next few hours. I look forward to reading the answers in the comments below this post.
Have a good rest of your weekend and once again thank you for coming by the place.
Peace and love, peace and love!
1 – Last season, JuJu Smith-Schuster caught 83.2% of his total goals out of the box. What percentage of his goals in 2021 will be out of place?
2 – As Devin Bush said, he expects to be 100% healthy when the camp opens. Will the team even hold him back early in the summer (i.e. not allow him to participate in team drills right away) or do you think there will be zero restrictions?
3 – Today we published a video on worst loss in Steelers’ history. For you, what’s the most painful thing you’ve ever personally seen as a Steelers’ fan?
4 – Yes or no, will Chukwuma Okorafor be a Steeler in 2022?
5 – Ray-Ray McCloud played 165 offensive snaps last season. Over / under 185 total offensive snaps in 2021 (remember, this is now a 17 game season)?
Question 1: Steelers Depot respondents believe that Matt Canada’s offense will include fewer running games out of shotgun formation in 2021. By 2020, 58% of shots were from the shotgun. Respondents from depots say the percentage will drop to somewhere between 20-52% of the current games in 2021. The median response was 40%.
Question 2: James Washington got 30 passes in 2020. In 2021, respondents in the Depot predicted that Washington would make between 26-45 receptions. The median response was 35, five more than last year.
Question 3: Alex Highsmith will record somewhere between four to 11 sacks in his second season, according to respondents. The median response was seven, just one behind the number of Bud Dupree’s sacks in 2020. By comparison, Bud Dupree fired quarterbacks 4.5 times in his second season.
Question 4: JuJu Smith-Schuster is likely to sign again after the season, according to respondents. Dave DeCastro was then followed by Joe Haden. Ben Roethlisberger and Terrell Edmunds tied for the next spot. No one voted Eric Ebron as likely to sign again. In fact, he received the most votes, the least likely being to sign the edging of Terrell Edmunds. Big Ben was at least third likely with Haden and JuJu in a draw. No one voted DeCastro as unlikely to sign again. Maybe save this question after the season to see how we fared.
Question 5: Mike Tomlin ranks everything from second to fifteenth among the current 32 NFL coaches. Respondents’ consensus matched the NBC Sports ranking as seventh best. I do not care if Tomlin is number 33 if the Steelers win this Super Bowl.
Thanks to everyone who responds to Friday night’s five questions in the offseason. Good to keep your forecasting skills sharp for the upcoming season.