WR/PR Mathew Sexton among 9 players trimmed from Steelers' roster

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One day after he muffed two punts, one of which resulted in a lost fumble, Mathew Sexton was among nine players cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Steelers also cut tight end Marcus Baugh, running back Tony Brooks-James, cornerback Shakur Brown, defensive tackle T.J. Carter, wide receiver Anthony Johnson, cornerback Lafayette Pitts, guard Malcolm Pridgeon and safety Lamont Wade of Clairton and Penn State.

Sexton was trying to earn a roster spot as a punt returner, but he made a costly mistake in the fourth preseason game Friday night, a 34-9 loss at Carolina, when he couldn’t field a punt on the bounce. The fumble was recovered by the Panthers at the Steelers’ 15, and they turned the mistake into a touchdown and 10-0 lead.

Baugh, Brooks-James, Pridgeon and Pitt each were signed after training camp began because of injuries at their respective positions.

Brown and Wade were among the priority free agents the Steelers signed immediately after the draft.

The Steelers have 71 players on the roster and must get down to the 53-man limit by 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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Carolina Panthers give Dwayne Haskins, Steelers backups a lesson in 'tough' preseason finale

ESPN 29 August, 2021 - 12:31am

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Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin didn't mince words in the aftermath of his team's 34-9 loss to the host Carolina Panthers in the preseason finale Friday night.

The Steelers, albeit starting mostly backups against the Panthers' starters, didn't play at the level he expected -- and it more than applied to quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who made his first start in the preseason.

"Like the rest of us, I didn't think it was enough varsity work from him," Tomlin said. "It wasn't the type of performance he wanted or we wanted. But such is life."

Going against a first-string defense for the first time in the preseason with a roster spot on the line, Haskins completed 9-of-16 attempts for 108 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

But even those numbers are misleading. Haskins, selected in the first round of the 2019 draft by the Washington Football Team, finished the first half completing just 3-of-9 attempts for 24 yards and an interception. His passer rating in the first half was a lowly 2.8.

"It was a tough one," Haskins said. "I wanted to play better. I know we wanted to do better as a team. Just have to watch some film, prepare and get ready."

Haskins led the team to two three-and-outs to start, completing his first two passes on third downs, but both throws were well short of the sticks. The next drive ended prematurely as Haskins threw behind fullback Derek Watt. The ball glanced off Watt's hands and into the waiting arms of Panthers defensive end Brian Burns.

Haskins rebounded with more aggressive throws in his final drives of the half, pushing the ball down the field more rather than checking it down. But twice Ray-Ray McCloud couldn't complete the catch on a well-thrown ball. Haskins threw one into tight coverage, but the pass hit McCloud on the shoulder pad and he couldn't make the grab. On the next drive, Haskins led McCloud down the sideline and placed the ball perfectly in front of him. McCloud, though, couldn't keep both feet in bounds to complete the catch.

Haskins led one drive to start the third quarter, but it, too, was a three-and-out, and Josh Dobbs took over for the next four drives until he sustained a turf toe injury on a sack in the fourth quarter.

The injury gave Haskins an opportunity to redeem himself. The first drive was cut short as running back Tony Brooks-James fumbled the ball on the second play, but Haskins led a scoring drive on the Steelers' final series. Facing a third-and-5 at the two-minute warning, Haskins hit McCloud for a 28-yard gain over the middle. On the next two plays, he connected with Anthony Johnson for a 12-yard gain and tight end Marcus Baugh for 8 yards. He capped the drive with one more completion to McCloud for the 22-yard score.

"I felt having the two-minute opportunity was good just to get some in-game experience with that and of course, I wanted to start fast but we didn't," Haskins said. "Being able to finish in a way where we got some type of a rally after was a good way to finish the game."

Still, Haskins' late scoring drive hardly enthralled Tomlin.

"I'm sure it did for him, in terms of getting that taste out of his mouth," Tomlin said of Haskins. "Obviously, it had no consequence or bearing on the outcome of the game."

With final cuts looming, the decision in the quarterback room appears to come down to Dobbs or Haskins for the final spot. Outside of Friday night's performance, Haskins said he felt good about the work he put in during the Steelers' preseason.

"I feel like I've done a great job just showing that I'm coachable," Haskins said. "Showing that I'm wanting to learn, wanting to get better. Just trying to put things on film that are something that I can showcase what I can do. The first three games are something I'm rather proud of and of course how we started is something I wanted better of.

"Best thing I can do is just hope that what I've done throughout preseason, throughout training camp is enough body of work to showcase and show how much I've improved."

Should Steelers have pursued QB Sam Darnold before the Panthers did?

Still Curtain 29 August, 2021 - 12:31am

Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold (14). Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

When analyzing the Pittsburgh Steelers throughout the unfolding of their preseason slate, they were looking to go unbeaten heading into the regular-season stretch. That is, however, until they met the Carolina Panthers.

The game was an absolute massacre, ending with a final tally of 34-9 in Carolina’s favor. Pittsburgh failed to even strike pay dirt once until they were well into the final quarter and the game was far out of reach.

The loss sucks, but it is only a preseason game; it’s not anything to live or die by. Rather, any concerned Steelers fanatic should look beyond the score, and instead observe the quarterback play–on both sides of the ball.

Pittsburgh went all-in on Dwayne Haskins starting for their offense in the affair, with him leading the vast majority of offensive drives. This appeared to be a wise decision, as Haskins had played strong whenever he was in the moment during previous weeks.

Meanwhile, the Panthers intended to give former Jets QB Sam Darnold most of the control on their side of things (which ended up being more than he had ever been given in their preseason games leading up to this one).

Now the name Sam Darnold may ring a particular bell with some Steelers fans; this is mainly because he was believed to be one of the better options at quarterback to pursue during the 2021 offseason.

The rumor mill in the Steelers community got especially hot with such a topic, but it all turned out to be nothing more than mere speculation. A predominant reason for this was likely because Haskins had recently been signed to the team in the latter half of January, while the bulk of the Darnold buzz spread more throughout February and March. But was passing up on Darnold nonetheless a mistake?

It is important to clarify that this question is in no way meant to bash Haskins. However, Darnold looked just as good (if not better) in his preseason play than Haskins did in his. This is despite getting noticeably less game time as well.

And while it may be another story for another day, the former also outperformed Pittsburgh backup Mason Rudolph with this one performance.

Once again, the NFL Preseason is in no way indicative of how a team will perform in the games that matter (i.e. the only two 0-16 teams ever both went unbeaten in their preseason matchups those same years). But, Darnold has officially reminded the football world that he isn’t some schmuck while making the Steelers begin to question their past actions in the process.

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Yahoo Sports 29 August, 2021 - 12:31am

Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold (14). Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

When analyzing the Pittsburgh Steelers throughout the unfolding of their preseason slate, they were looking to go unbeaten heading into the regular-season stretch. That is, however, until they met the Carolina Panthers.

The game was an absolute massacre, ending with a final tally of 34-9 in Carolina’s favor. Pittsburgh failed to even strike pay dirt once until they were well into the final quarter and the game was far out of reach.

The loss sucks, but it is only a preseason game; it’s not anything to live or die by. Rather, any concerned Steelers fanatic should look beyond the score, and instead observe the quarterback play–on both sides of the ball.

Pittsburgh went all-in on Dwayne Haskins starting for their offense in the affair, with him leading the vast majority of offensive drives. This appeared to be a wise decision, as Haskins had played strong whenever he was in the moment during previous weeks.

Meanwhile, the Panthers intended to give former Jets QB Sam Darnold most of the control on their side of things (which ended up being more than he had ever been given in their preseason games leading up to this one).

Now the name Sam Darnold may ring a particular bell with some Steelers fans; this is mainly because he was believed to be one of the better options at quarterback to pursue during the 2021 offseason.

The rumor mill in the Steelers community got especially hot with such a topic, but it all turned out to be nothing more than mere speculation. A predominant reason for this was likely because Haskins had recently been signed to the team in the latter half of January, while the bulk of the Darnold buzz spread more throughout February and March. But was passing up on Darnold nonetheless a mistake?

It is important to clarify that this question is in no way meant to bash Haskins. However, Darnold looked just as good (if not better) in his preseason play than Haskins did in his. This is despite getting noticeably less game time as well.

And while it may be another story for another day, the former also outperformed Pittsburgh backup Mason Rudolph with this one performance.

Once again, the NFL Preseason is in no way indicative of how a team will perform in the games that matter (i.e. the only two 0-16 teams ever both went unbeaten in their preseason matchups those same years). But, Darnold has officially reminded the football world that he isn’t some schmuck while making the Steelers begin to question their past actions in the process.

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Steelers vs Panthers: 3 Pittsburgh backups who could still unseat starters

Still Curtain 29 August, 2021 - 12:31am

Pat Freiermuth #88 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth (88). Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

The Steelers will play their final preseason game against the Panthers tonight in a battle that will feature mostly backups from Pittsburgh. At this point in the summer, Mike Tomlin and his crew have an excellent idea of who the starters will be in 2021, but not everything is set in stone.

As the tides continue to shift, there are three starting positions on the team that may not yet be settled, and the coaching staff could be open to change. Here are three players who could potential unseat current Pittsburgh starters with a dominant showing tonight against the Panthers:

I don’t know where the idea came from about cutting Eric Ebron, but that seems absurd to me. Ebron isn’t terrible… but he’s not great either. The veteran tight end and former first-round pick is an asset in the passing game, but struggles to consistently catch the ball, and isn’t much of a blocker at all.

Pat Freiermuth might be just a second-round rookie, but I’m not sure if there’s anything that Ebron does better at this point in time. In addition to catching everything thrown in his direction, Freiermuth is the more physical player of the two and is willing to throw his body into the mix as a blocker.

Freiermuth still has a long way to go, but what we’ve seen from him this summer has been really impressive. He not only gives the Steelers more long-term upside at the position but a more reliable option for Ben Roethlisberger on passing downs. The tight end position is not easy to master, but with another strong performance against the Panthers, Ebron could potentially play his way into a starting role.

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Steelers announce the release of 9 players

Yahoo Sports 28 August, 2021 - 05:16pm

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On Saturday, the Steelers announced the first nine players to be released. Here’s the list according to the team:

CB Shakur Brown

The only surprise on this list is Sexton who looked like a guy who might be able to stick around on special teams. Then he went and had a dreadful game on Friday against the Carolina Panthers and probably played himself right out of a job. Brown was the big name among the undrafted free agents as many pundits had a draftable grade on the former Michigan State cornerback. However, he struggled throughout the preseason and could be a candidate to bring back on the practice squad.

The Steelers certainly could have used Gardner Minshew II.

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Mathew Sexton and Shakur Brown among the nine players the Steelers cut on Saturday

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 28 August, 2021 - 05:11pm

The Steelers cut nine players on Saturday and must cut 18 more to get down to the 53-man roster limit before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline.

The Steelers cut receivers Mathew Sexton and Anthony Johnson, defensive backs Lafayette Pitts, Lamont Wade and Shakur Brown, tight end Marcus Baugh, running back Tony Brooks-James, defensive lineman T.J. Carter and offensive lineman Malcolm Pridgeon.

Sexton had been in contention for a roster spot as the punt returner, but he muffed two punts against Carolina on Friday night, including one the Panthers recovered and converted into a touchdown a few plays later. Sexton’s release leaves Ray-Ray McCloud and Cody White as the most likely candidates to earn the fifth receiver spot.

The Steelers are off today and Sunday before returning to practice on Monday at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.

First Published August 28, 2021, 10:11pm

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