The Terrible Podcast – Talking Steelers Falcons Recap, Roster Battle Updates, Injuries & More

Season 8, Episode 10 of The Terrible Podcast is now up and in this Monday show, David Todd and I get right to talking about the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday preseason win over the Atlanta Falcons.

The Steelers starting defense was shredded by three different Falcon quarterbacks so we start on that side of the football. We move on to talk about the play of the Steelers offense and focus on the performances of quarterback Joshua Dobbs, running back James Conner and wide receivers Sammie Coates and Justin Hunter.

We go over offensive and defensive line play a little and talk about a few other players who stuck out on both sides of the football. The Steelers special teams units also get some well-deserved kudos from us.

David and I look at a few key roster battles still in progress and wonder if tight end Jake McGee has done enough so far to warrant an even closer look on offense. Is Xavier Grimble’s roster spot as safe as many most assume?

The hamstring injury suffered Sunday by linebacker Steven Johnson could ultimately shake up the number’s game. If the Steelers only keep 9 linebackers in total, which other position group would benefit? We discuss that topic.

We close the show out by updating the list of injured Steelers players in addition to speculating about who will and won’t play in preseason game number three.

As always, several other smaller talking points are mixed in throughout the show that are not highlighted here in this post.

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  • AustinTxStillerFan

    I think you guys are asleep at the wheel on Marcus Tucker for 6th receiver. He’s not gonna be a starter, obviously. He’s in play for the 6th WR and he never comes up in your conversations:

    Special teams:
    – Four phase special teamer with return potential.
    – 1st team Kickoff / 2nd team punt gunner in Giants game. Watch job he does against double team at 6:44 left in Giants game.
    – Looks like he was 1st team Kickoff / 2nd team punt gunner in Falcons game too, but no kickoffs til 2nd quarter and punt work cam elate, but he is in the returners face/contain position a lot.
    – First Team kick return team in Giants game. One past 25, one inside. One past 25 called back due to penalty.
    – Frequently first in line for punt return drills duriing camp
    With the praise you heap on Special teams, recognize he was a big part of that.

    On offense:
    – Willingness shows up in blocking. Rare for him to miss or not stick on his blocks. Lots of examples in games of him making and sticking on his blocks.
    – Toughness: took a shot or two in camp that made Alex’s notes in attempt to get the football
    – Shifty: Day 14 Camp notes – “Marcus Tucker with a nasty pivot in the back of the end zone versus Brandon Dixon. Inside stem, breaks on an out cut and then puts on the brakes to break it back in. Dixon left in the dust. TD.” and “Tucker slaloms versus Dixon, trying to shake him. Finally does and makes the catch. Tomlin seemed impressed.
    – Lots of missed opportunities because the ball was not in place for him to shine. QB’s let him down at least 3 times I saw in two games where he had a long gainer or 6.

    Alex wants his hands to be better, but his catch percentage is better than AB, Hamilton, Hunter, and DHB, His number of drops is not out of line for WR’s in relation to his number of targets. His camp stat lines are roughly half AB’s except for TD’s (3 vs 9). His TD numbers project to 6 in the same number of targets as AB.

    He has ups and downs, earning attaboys and some admonishments from Haley and Tomlin, but for every bad, there’s more good. At the bottom end of the roster where special teams play is key, you guys are not paying enough attention to his chances to make that 6th WR spot. When the measuring stick is hearts and smarts, I think he shows more than Hunter. In the world of special teams, he’s running above DHB. In the world of ability, he shows a big edge over Ayers in Avail-ABILITY.

  • Dave Todd keeps saying none of the draft picks after Cam Sutton will make this team, he’s clearly forgetting Colin Holba, the 6th round choice as a LS. He’s been spot on thus far. Holba makes the team. Dobbs is making the team too despite his performances thus far.

    The 3 specialist (Berry, Boswell and Holba) are all young and should be together for a long time.

  • JohnB

    Hey Dave, check out The Dan Bands version of “total eclipse of the heart” its probably the best cover of the song. with a couple words added 😉