Redemption, thy name is Kevin Colbert. The New York Giants have waived LB Tuzar Skipper, meaning any team is eligible to claim him over the next 24 hours. Skipper lost out on his roster spot when the Giants signed Deone Bucannon.
Skipper has been a fan favorite and point of frustration since the Giants claimed him right before Week One. Pittsburgh released him to get WR Johnny Holton on the 53 man roster. Though they hoped to re-sign Skipper to the practice squad, his stellar preseason performance didn’t go unnoticed and New York scooped him up.
As Dave Bryan pointed out yesterday, Skipper hadn’t made much of an impact during his time with Big Blue. But he lit up the preseason and his power and hand use were advanced for any rookie, much less an undrafted one, and it makes sense for the Steelers to still have interest.
It’s especially good timing given Anthony Chickillo’s arrest coupled Mike Tomlin’s comments that he’s “not feeling good” about the Steelers’ current outside linebacker depth. Pittsburgh has also had Jayrone Elliott on and off the roster. It makes sense at least one of those players will be wearing black and gold in the near future. Given the Steelers high waiver priority, which is now based off current record, there’s a strong chance they will be awarded him should they put in a claim.
Based on my math, the Steelers are 10th in the waiver order. Because the Giants are ahead of them, Pittsburgh will essentially be picking 9th. Here are the clubs ahead of them.