The Pittsburgh Steelers have an issue with the within linebacker group after season-ending accidents to Cole Holcomb and Kwon Alexander in back-to-back weeks. On Sunday, when the group needed to alter on the fly, second-year LB Mark Robinson performed 60 p.c of the group’s defensive performs alongside Elandon Roberts, who’s now primarily an all-in-one participant.
The depth is now razor skinny at that place group, however the Steelers do have LB Mykal Walker on the observe squad. The expectation appears to be that he’ll play a serious function within the improvement of this group. In a report on X by Mike DeFabo of The Athletic, Walker mentioned as a lot LB coach Aaron Curry said to prepare him for a bigger role in the future.
“He (Curry) mentioned, ‘Be prepared for all personnel teams,’” Walker mentioned, through DeFabo.
Walker was a 2020 fourth-round draft pick of Fresno State taken by the Atlanta Falcons. He began 20 of his 49 profession video games and recorded 107 tackles final season. He additionally recorded two interceptions and a sack in 2022.
He spoke to the media Monday afternoon through the Steelers YouTube channel and talked in regards to the rollercoaster of group bounce all through this previous offseason. The Steelers signed him to their observe squad simply over two weeks in the past on October thirtieth and now it seems like he could have an enormous function going ahead.
Alexander and Holcomb had been utilized in most transfers due to their protection capabilities. Mike Tomlin acknowledged in his Tuesday press convention that simply because Roberts did not play on these downs doesn’t suggest he is shorthanded, however Robinson stays a little bit of a query mark at that stage of the sport.
Tomlin additionally had this to say throughout his Tuesday press convention on the group’s YouTube web page.
“Mykal Walker is a man who performed in Atlanta and had over 100 tackles or no matter within the Nationwide Soccer League a 12 months in the past. To be truthful, he is not on our improvement observe squad. He is on our observe squad to be taught what he must do and get positioned and put together for what’s more likely to occur this weekend.
Between Roberts, Robinson, Walker, Tariq Carpenter and Keanu Neal, it needs to be attention-grabbing to see the division of labor and the totally different personnel teams transferring ahead.