The Pittsburgh Steelers have made a change on their depth chart this week as Michael Palmer is now listed as the backup tight end behind starter Heath Miller. David Paulson is now listed as the third tight end.
You could see this change coming as Paulson hasn’t been used on offense in the last two games. Palmer, who the Steelers claimed off waivers after Matt Spaeth went down injured in training camp, has played a total of 15 snaps the last two weeks with 11 of them coming this past Sunday in the win over the Buffalo Bills.
Head coach Mike Tomlin addressed the change Tuesday during his press conference.
“Mike’s [Palmer] been earning it in practice,” said Tomlin, when asked about the increased playing time that Palmer has received the last few weeks. “He’s been very consistent, doing a nice job and we want the reps on Sunday to represent that and that’s why he’s been given more opportunity, and will if he takes advantage of it.”
Paulson has never mastered the art of run blocking and right now the Steelers second-year Oregon product is only seeing the field on special teams.