The Pittsburgh Steelers are once more playing like a team with playoff aspirations. And they are getting there with solid defensive play. One such player who struggles to crack the 53-man roster is linebacker Jayrone Elliott who is a practice squad linebacker for the Steelers. He arrived in the NFL as an undrafted free agent signing by the Green Bay Packers in 2014. Originally from the Toledo Rockets, the 6-foot-3 240-pound linebacker has bounced around for the past seven years.
He’s played for the Packers, the Dallas Cowboys, the New Orleans Saints, the Miami Dolphins, the Philadelphia Eagles, and finally the Pittsburgh Steelers. He’s seen on-field action with the Packers, Cowboys (special team only), and Steelers over that well-traveled NFL career.
In and out linebacker?
The 6-foot-3 240-pound linebacker has been a protected player on the Steelers’ practice squad on three separate occasions. That should tell you that he is a valued player for their current and future plans. While he has impacted their team on special teams’ play, he remains an option for defensive snaps and is involved in the team’s rotation.
While Elliott is more of an outside linebacker so far, he has the same makings to be cross-trained to an inside linebacker role in much the same way as the Rams are currently doing with linebacker Justin Hollins. The Rams currently have three inside linebackers on the roster. While the plan has been to share Hollins, the absence of both Lewis and now Ogbonnia Okoronkwo on Injured Reserve over elbow surgery has left the team’s linebacking corps short at several spots. If the Rams do not address the need now, they risk repetitive injuries on their current players.
The LA Rams need to act now. It’s not only the wise choice, but it’s the right one too. Delaying or waiting only continues to run all snaps through too few players.