The Pittsburgh Steelers are back in the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex earlier than they had anticipated, having been ousted before they even reached the postseason, which unfortunately marks the sixth consecutive season in which they failed to win a postseason game—tying their longest drought of the Super Bowl era. Yet again, they find themselves undergoing the exit meeting process earlier than anticipated, which means so are we.
The Steelers did arguably perform at or above expectations this year by going 9-8 and nearly making the postseason at all, a reflection of just how much talent they lost during the offseason, from Ben Roethlisberger and Joe Haden to most of their wide receiver room, not to mention Stephon Tuitt’s decision to retire.
While we might not know all the details about what goes on between head coach Mike Tomlin and his players during these exit meetings, we do know how we would conduct those meetings if they were let up to us. So here are the Depot’s exit meetings for the Steelers’ roster following the 2022 season.
Player: Trent Scott
Experience: 5 Years
Signed as an unrestricted free agent after spending two seasons with the Los Angeles Chargers and then two with the Carolina Panthers, offensive lineman Trent Scott has followed the path of offensive line coach Pat Meyer throughout his career.
With Meyer potentially set up to be in Pittsburgh for a while, that can only be a good thing for Scott, who seems to be a textbook journeyman at this point. Part of the reason he was brought in this offseason was likely to help others learn Meyer’s techniques that he prefers.
Still, to his credit, he entered the season as the Steelers’ top swing tackle, even if he didn’t have to play more than one snap there, thanks to Dan Moore Jr. and Chukwuma Okorafor staying healthy. The Steelers did find use for him as an extra blocker, something they may expand on in 2023, especially if Zach Gentry is not re-signed at tight end.
In all, Scott played a total of 31 offensive snaps, and to his credit, he did not look out of place. But he doesn’t seem to be a player who has much of a ceiling beyond where he is currently, especially when you consider the fact that, even though he’s been on three different teams, he’s been in the same blocking scheme in each stop.
But the odds are good that he will be available to be re-signed for the veteran minimum, and he knows his best chance to make a team is probably wherever Pat Meyer is, since he knows what Meyer wants and Meyer knows what he’s capable to doing. And the Steelers need offensive line depth, so there are worse pairings to be had than this.