I believe Mike Tomlin when he says that new punter Avery Williamson has been acquired from the New York Jets to be an additional part of the inner support wheel.
Maybe the next three weeks or so?
But on Thanksgiving night, I bet Williamson would get the majority of the money in his fight with Vince Williams against the Baltimore Ravens.
Though that̵7;s not how Mike Tomlin wanted to portray it at his weekly Tuesday press conference.
“From a long-term perspective, we have a vision for him to be the third inner laner,” said Tomlin. “A guy with a flexible position. A guy capable of supporting Robert (Spillane) and Vince (Williams) and always ready if anything happens to either. “
To be honest, Tomlin couldn’t say more than that. It sends a terrible message to his dressing room if a new guy is brought in immediately to replace Spillane. Especially after Spillane has played better than expected for the past two weeks to replace injured starter Devin Bush.
It can reduce the waitress’s feelings towards the room. Plus, such a coach’s decision entails enthusiasm and hope for those at the bottom of the list, who turn their backs on the training team and the special team hoping to start.
That said, Spillane could be a Johan Hedberg. One Jeff Zatkoff. Tommy Maddox or Devlin Hodges – an off-radar backup is rushing into action with injury and performing above expectations, then the water will find its level after a certain amount of exposure.
In the event that happens, that’s why Steelers has Williamson in a transaction announced on Monday.
If Williamson played every Sunday before Dallas, it would be very limited. Due to coronavirus protocol limitations, Tomlin said the team will be working remotely with him through Saturday.
Mixing the minimum in Williamson with Cowboys, then a little more in matches against Cincinnati Bengals and Jacksonville Jaguars, will have enough time for the sixth year veteran to get used to the plan. Perhaps by then, he will show whether he is more worthy than Spillane in every game in time for Ravens Week 11’s rematch at Heinz Field.
I guess that’s the real “long term perspective” plan.
If not, the organization would have essentially traded to replace Ulysees Gilbert III. You are not trading to replace Ulysees Gilbert III. You grab someone off someone else’s waiver or training team.
Additionally, Tomlin seems to have faith, trust and interest in Williamson, thanks to some history.
“I met Avery (Williamson) at Bud Dupree’s Pro Day (in Kentucky) after his rookie year,” said Tomlin. “There was a lot of downtime that day, and we focused on each other. His passion for football comes from common conversation. He is a football lover. He is a football addict. I’ve been following him throughout his career because of that. In the early stages of his career, he played in Tennessee (with Titans) and played in a system very similar to ours not only in terms of how it was constructed, but in terms of the language itself. “
Not to mention, there are some who believe the Steelers want to get him on his free form ahead of the 2018 season. But the Jets outbid them by $ 22.5 million.
Williamson was on 93.7 The Fan on Tuesday. And he says interest is bilateral.
“I definitely hope to have a chance with (Steelsmiths). But it did not happen at that time. But it’s a full circle that has changed right now. I just have to make sure I put my mark on and show them why they trade me, ”Williamson said.
TribLIVE Steelers beat writer Joe Rutter and I discussed the Williamson acquisition in our weekly podcast. We also preview the game against Dallas, the Cowboys midfield dreadful situation, potential changes to the playoff chart and the Steelers’ dice injury report.
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