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While Steelers Nation and players alike constantly were checking their electronic devices and phones all day long to see which names would wind up on the 2018 53-man roster Womens Maurkice Pouncey Jersey , men with ties to the Black-and-gold awaited their fates in other cities as well. While the biggest name on the list was Martavis Bryant, due to his dismissal in Oak-town, other names familiar to Steelers fans are now looking for love from other organizations.WR Martavis Bryant-OaklandWhile the former fourth-rounder from 2014 was slow to pick up John Gruden’s offense, the decision to cut losses with Bryant ultimately stemmed from reports of another looming suspension. The trade of Martavis for a third-rounder looks even more brilliant now. As a Steeler, Bryant had 1,988 total yards and 18 TDs, playing in only 36 games of a possible 72. His personal demons led to suspensions and destroyed what might have been a brilliant career.Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty ImagesWR Markus Wheaton-Philadelphia The Oregon State Beaver was picked in the third-round in 2013 by the Steelers, but he only amassed 107 catches, 1,508 yards and eight TDs in a disappointing tenure in Pittsburgh. Leaving town as a free agent in 2017, Wheaton tanked in Chicago and signed with the Super Bowl champs in 2018.OL Kyle Friend-CarolinaThe undrafted lineman from Mechanicsburg initially went to the Jets in 2016. Eventually, on and off of the practice squad there, Friend spent 2017 on Pittsburgh’s practice squad. In May, the Center ended up signing with Carolina before becoming a camp casualty.OG Ethan Cooper-Kansas CityThe undrafted free agent from IUP was a late-2017 cut by the Steelers. The Division II All-American in ‘16 spent a part of last year on the Giants’ PS. Cooper spent 2018 in two training camps with Green Bay and KC. WR Cobi Hamilton-Indianapolis This guy was picked in Round 6 by Cincy in 2013 and spent two stints there (with one in Philly in between), almost entirely on the practice squad. Hamilton had brief stints in Miami and Carolina before joining the Steelers in August of ‘16. In October of that year, No. 83 was promoted to the 53-man roster and played a significant role that year during the regular season and playoffs. Cobi was a final cut in 2017 and bounced around with the Texans, Cardinals and Colts. But most of his career success, was as a Steeler.CB Doran Grant-ChicagoThe Ohio State Buckeye was picked in Round 4 by the Steelers in 2015. He never graduated from the off-season roster or practice squad with Buffalo, the Giants, Jacksonville and now the Bears.TE Scott Orndoff-Jacksonville Seton-La Salle’s Orndoff received an injury settlement from the Steelers last year after staying at home as an UDFA. Since then Womens Terrell Edmunds Jersey , the talented TE from Pitt tried to catch on with Detroit, spent time on Cincy’s practice squad in 2017 and went to camp with the Jags in 2018.LB Terence Garvin-MiamiGarvin was well-regarded due to his successful minicamp tryout with the Steelers in 2013. Initially assigned to the practice squad, Garvin joined the active roster less than a week later. Earning his keep as a special-teamer, the West Virginia Mountaineer notoriously broke the jaw of Cincy Punter Kevin Huber later that year. After three years as a Steeler, Garvin was a Redskin in 2016 and a Seahawk in 2017. Garvin signed with the Dolphins in 2018, but didn’t make the 53-man squad.RB Terrell Watson-Los Angeles Chargers Cincinnati signed the UFDA running back in 2015 and he spent all of that year on the practice squad. He was on the practice squad in Cleveland, Denver and Philadelphia in 2016. In Philly, he played one game on the active roster and scored a TD. “The Nightmare” was a camp phenom for the Steelers in 2017 and lasted on the 53-man roster before finishing the year on the practice squad. In 2018, the Azusa Pacific product was signed and released by the Giants and now the Chargers.Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesDE Cashaud Lyons-DenverThe UDFA arrived in Pittsburgh after Tampa’s final cuts in 2015. He spent time on the 53-man roster and the practice squad through 2016. In 2017, Lyons failed to stick-and-stay with Tennessee, the Rams, Detroit and Chicago. Signed to a futures deal with Minnesota, Cashaud was waived in May and landed in Denver in June.S Shamarko Thomas-DenverThe Steelers were so enamored with the Syracuse Orangeman that they traded a third-rounder in 2014 to select him in the fourth round of the 2013 Draft. He rarely made an impact, though, and was placed on the IR on Christmas Eve of 2016. That concluded his career in the Burgh. In 2017, Shamarko was a final cut of the Jets. He ended up in a Buffalo uniform for the remainder of the season. This season, he was cut by Indy on August 11th and by the Broncos yesterday.WR Demarcus Ayers-Chicago Ayers was a seventh-rounder of the Steelers in 2016 and spent most of the year on the practice squad. In December of that year, the Houston Cougar was promoted and showed flashes of brilliance during his short tenure, including seven catches and a score in the season finale. Ayers was a final cut in 2017 and declined the practice squad in favor of the same role in New England. Released 23 days later, Ayers joined the Bears practice squad and signed a futures deal there in January.Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty ImagesOG Chris Scott-New York GiantsThe 2010 fifth-rounder from Tennessee played two games in two years as a Pittsburgh Steeler. Cut and re-signed to the practice squad for the remainder of 2011 Womens Chukwuma Okorafor Jersey , Scott ended up on practice squads in Green Bay, Tampa and Tennessee in 2012. The Bills signed Scott and he remained in Buffalo for the remainder of the season. From there, he spent four years in Carolina and played in Super Bowl 50. In 2018, he went to camp with the Giants.C Wesley Johnson-DetroitThe Steelers’ fifth-rounder in 2014 out of Vanderbilt, playing behind Maurkice Pouncey and Cody Wallace, was waived in October of that year and ended up with the Jets shortly after. Johnson started 24 of 41 games in green-and-white at Center before signing with the Lions early in 2018.RB Knile Davis- ChicagoHighly regarded out of Arkansas, Davis was picked in Round 3 in 2013 by the Chiefs. His kick-return of 108 yards as a rookie is tied for the longest in history, better than his 106-yarder that opened a 2014 playoff game. Davis was traded to the Packers in 2016, but was waived 13 days later and signed with the Jets only to be cut the next day. Three days later, Knile returned to KC. In 2017, the Steelers signed Davis as a free agent, but he was cut at the conclusion of camp. Knile was out of football until August when the Bears signed him. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY SportsAt the time of this writing, alleged bubble guys like Texan Sammie Coates, Will Gay with the Giants and Washington’s Ziggy Hood remain on NFL rosters. Arthur Moats has been put on the IR in Arizona. On Sunday, more moves could be made. Stick with BTSC for up-to-date Steelers news and more.*Update: Gay was released by the Giants on Sunday. When Todd Haley was fired, Steelers Nation celebrated, but its joy was tempered by uncertainty. Yes, Haley had been terrible in the red zone and a putrid situational caller, but he was a fantastic play designer and a mastermind behind some the Steelers’ most successful offenses. With the Steelers’ decision for Randy Fichtner to take over as Offensive Coordinator, they got a modernized mind which was far ahead of its time when he was at Memphis Youth Stephon Tuitt Jersey , and now, he is right in his comfort zone.Fichtner’s mind of efficiency-based play calling is all made for this day and age of high-powered offenses and combined innovation.Fichtner has shown to not just be efficient, but also incredibly innovative. He has led the Steelers to be top 3 in all efficiency categories, including second in red zone efficiency, which is a huge reason why the Steelers are averaging as many points as they are. For the first time in his career, Ben Roethlisberger is being asked to get the ball out quickly and efficiently, and it is no secret why his efficiency numbers are so much higher compared to other years. Randy Fichtner has transformed this team into a efficient one that can set up the big play at any time. For example, on a 3rd and 3 after a short completion to Antonio Brown and a short run by James Conner, he makes an incredible call that not only highlights the situational aspect of his play calling, but the high-percentage nature of it as well.The Panthers have a nice nine (!) man box here. They will not go and blitz all nine obviously, but six is entirely possible, so Fichtner’s play call against a conservative or aggressive look is one that has to be flexible. Given it is 3rd and 3, the aggressive nature of the defensive alignment is likely to come out, and it does.So, they run almost a rub / pick play with Washington here. He is going to run that seam up the sideline to take Bradberry out of it, as he has no safety help over the top. The rest of this underneath stuff is underneath zone and aggressive man on the line with the CBs. This is what we call fireman safe in football terms - which essentially refers to the blitzers, and the aggressive man and the zone help over the top. It is incredibly common to get this type of look on short third downs on the opponent’s side of the field. Fichtner likely knows that a variation of that overarching umbrella is going to be coming. So, a high-percentage play with two easy reads for the blitz that can exploit the zone and over-aggressiveness is key. If the man is super aggressive, AB’s out route is going to be taken away and JuJu is going to be wide open. If it is more laid back, they will get JuJu locked up Youth Ramon Foster Jersey , but AB is going to be open with the more relaxed coverage. Having two flankers, even though AB was a split-end to start off, is key, because it gets JuJu and AB both in space, which immediately makes this a high-percentage play. Ben’s first read is to hit AB right there on that short flat that becomes a modified 7 route and he turns it into a quick-out. As for the rest, JuJu just has to get Foster in front of him to lead the way and it is an easy imitation of AB’s route, almost like a type of out screen if that would make sense. It is not a shuffle pass, but it is a modified type of screen. The last read is Conner, but he is the safety valve. What is the point to explain all of this? All of it adds up to an efficient play call by Fichtner. The situational play calling is absolutelymarvelous to watch and see unfold, because it is not easy to make the correct call here all the time, but Fichtner knew what was coming from the jump. The look he gives out of 11 personnel is a modified bunch set. JuJu is playing so far back asto be a flanker, and AB too is a flanker by the end of the play. That is a rare, innovative set. Rarely do we ever see two flankers on the same play, but with them both being there, it not only leaves the pick play open with JuJu slanting in, but they also having to keep an eye on McDonald over the middle.One thing you will notice about all of Fichtner’s looks is that they are so versatile, but every option they have is suited for a specific situation. Luckily, he gives multiple looks for each situation. The set he came up with for this is not only original and seldom used around the league, but it shows his emphasis on high-percentage plays. This is why Randy Fichtner is so darn good.
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