Ray Fittipaldo's Steelers chat: 5.15.17
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Eddie
12:39
if Bryant can stay clean. Who is your top 5 wr to make the roster?
Ray Fittipaldo
12:40
I'll say Brown, Bryant, Smith-Schuster, Coates and Rogers. But I think there is a strong possibility they keep six this year if that guy shows he can play special teams.
Colin
12:40
WR room is packed. Do we look to package one of them..maybe Coates...for a pick or player?
Ray Fittipaldo
12:41
Perhaps down the road, but the only problem is Bryant's situation. You really need to have a backup plan for him, and Coates could be that if he's healthy and leans how to catch.
KVB
12:41
Which newcomer do you think will have the biggest impact on the Steelers this year, and why?
Ray Fittipaldo
12:42
Sutton because of his man coverage skills. All dependent, of course, on him learning the playbook and being able to play fast. That's not a given.
Ryno
12:42
Do you think a lot of people are too harsh on Cockrell? I thought he did a solid job last season.
Ray Fittipaldo
12:43
He was solid, but the Steelers want to be more diverse in their coverages. Thus they've added players who might be better in man coverage.
12:44
Knile Davis can return kicks. Coates was OK in that role, but the Steelers never could figure out a way for teams to not kick it to Fitz Toussaint, who wasn't very good. So maybe if you have Davis and Coates you're in better shape. At punt returner, maybe Sutton can take over that role. Antonio Brown is old reliable, but it doesn't seem like they like him to take many chances back there.
Rodney
12:44
Who do you think we'll be our Kick and punt returners for the season?
Ray Fittipaldo
12:44
question to previous answer.
mike
12:45
Do you see the addition of JuJu pushing out a player l like Rogers? After the playoffs it was evident the need to become much better with that group.
Ray Fittipaldo
12:45
It will be interesting to see how Rogers fits because he's an inside guy, too. I don't think Smith-Schuster replaces Rogers just yet, but he certainly could take some snaps away from him.
Man of Steel in NJ
12:46
Both Watt & Brian Allen spent one year as starter at position at which they were drafted. Both played in major conferences. Yet one gets picked 1st round, the other 5th; one projects to share PT, the other might be practice squad material. Really, what is the difference between the players? Combine performance?
Ray Fittipaldo
12:46
Allen didn't even start the full season. I don't think he earned that job until late September or early October. But you have a point. Maybe Allen will end up being a steal.
Eddie
12:47
If Green is healthy and Bryant stays clean. Can this offense be very hard for other teams to defend depending on how Juju progress and if Conner can fill in without missing a beat with Bell?
Ray Fittipaldo
12:47
The offense looks great on paper in May. It's been that way for a few years now and then one of two or three guys either get suspended or injured.
Thanks for all the great questions this week. We'll do it again next week at the same time.
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