Predicting the Steelers’ Week 5 inactive list vs. the Falcons
  • zhangzk (Larned, KS) December 2018
    A change in the 53-man roster makes the inactive list quite telling this week.
    Will Marcus Allen finally make his debut Stephon
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    , or will the newly-added Brian Allen’s special teams
    experience give him the advantage? Game StatusDoubtful:S Morgan Burnett
    (Groin)WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (ankle)LB Vince Williams Here are the
    possibilities to end up inactive for Week 5:Definitely:Once again nobody has
    been ruled out, but a “doubtful” designation has been the same thing for the
    Steelers in 2018.Most Likely:QB Mason Rudolph- Josh Dobbs could sprain an ankle
    walking into the stadium, but I doubt it. S Morgan Burnett- I sound like a
    broken record: his weekly progress was in the wrong direction. Burnett will be
    out again. LB Vince Williams- he didn’t practice all week. There isn’t much hope
    that he will dress Sunday. WR Darrius Heyward-Bey- it’s the same story as Vince.
    Hey-Bey was out all week, so playing this weekend isn’t likely to happen.DT L.T.
    Walton- The defensive line is healthy again this week, so Walton one again ends
    up being the guy to sit this one out.OT Zach Banner- he needs two linemen to be
    hurt in order to dress, and this week there are none. Possibly:OT Matt Feiler-
    last week the Steelers did dress an eighth lineman because their inactive list
    was already pretty full. It’s pretty full this week as well, but depth in other
    areas and special teams play may factor in more.S Marcus Allen- it’s very
    difficult to determine if the Steelers are interested in dressing this Allen.
    Because he hasn’t played at all, it’s hard to say if there’s any special teams
    value or positional depth he brings. Nat Burhe went on the IR this week and was
    replaced on the roster with a corner, so being a safety could help his cause.CB
    Brian Allen- he just moved from the practice squad to the main roster and has
    special teams experience from last season. It’s strange that he could not be on
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    , but once promoted jump ahead of others
    that are still waiting for a helmet.WR Justin Hunter- it’s not beyond the realm
    of possibility for the Steelers to go into the game with only four WR’s,
    especially with Ryan Switzer emerging as more than just a return man. Even
    though he brings nothing to special teams, Hunter will probably dress for depth
    and may even get a handful of snaps on offense.Unlikely:OT Marcus Gilbert- he
    did miss one practice this week with his injured hamstring, but didn’t end up
    with a designated game status. Unless something unexpected arises, Gilbert
    should be good to go.Projected Inactive List:Mason RudolphMorgan BurnettVince
    Williams Darrius Heyward-Bey L.T. WaltonZach Banner Marcus Allen I thought
    Marcus Allen was ready to get a helmet last week. 1For the Steelers chose to give
    it to Matt Feiler and his zero snaps for the game, it’s quite obvious that they
    don’t feel ready to use him even on special teams. Therefore, I think Brian
    Allen gets the helmet ahead of Marcus to help replace the special teams void
    left by Darius Heyward-Bey. Unless one of the doubtful players is somehow ready
    on Sunday, the Steelers carry the extra lineman in Feiler.Feel free to list your
    projected inactives in the comments below. The 2018 Pittsburgh Steelers’ season
    has been unique, to say the least. After a start which was more about drama and
    disappointing play than big wins and celebrations Youth
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    , the team has rebounded nicely in the month of
    October. In fact, after rattling off back-to-back wins against the Atlanta
    Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals, the Steelers have improved their record to 3-2-1
    with a great deal of momentum heading into their Week 7 bye week. But it isn’t
    just the team who is singing a different are the fans.Thanks to SB
    Nation’s FanPulse survey, some of the most tuned-in fans of the black-and-gold
    have shown they are starting to become believers again. Take a look at the
    yearly chart below, and you can see just how bad things got after the Week 4
    loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night Football.Even though confidence was
    at an all-time low for the Steelers, the dominating win over the Falcons,
    followed by a hard-fought win over the Bengals, the fan base is starting to see
    this team very well could be turning the corner.After Mike Tomlin declared the
    team needed to get their ‘September Stench’ off of themselves, they have done
    just that by winning both of their games in the month of October to
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    but bigger fish are ready to fry. Coming off the bye, the Steelers will host the
    Browns at Heinz Field in Week 8, only to be followed by a trip to M&T Bank
    Stadium to play the Ravens in Week 9. The Carolina Panthers will come to
    Pittsburgh for a Week 10 Thursday Night Football contest, but it is hard to
    believe the Steelers will have played 5 of their 6 AFC North division games
    before Week 10 o the season. The only game left is a Week 17 game at home vs.
    the Cincinnati Bengals. What is your confidence in this Steelers team? Are you
    still skeptical? If so, what would it take for you to have genuine faith in the
    Steelers again? Let us know in the comment section below!

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