According to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed offensive tackle Kyle Jolly. The news came out via Twitter:
@MarkKaboly_Trib: Steelers add T Kyle Jolly. Was 2-year practice squad guy until he spent last year with Atlanta. Roster now at 89 players, 1 under limit
The signing comes a day after the announcement of former tackle Willie Colon moving inside to the left guard position which leads many to believe the left tackle spot is going to be held by rookie Mike Adams.
Speculation will now run rampant as to just why this move is being made but I think my very early thoughts are:
- Is this move purely about depth?
- Does it show a complete lack of faith in Jonathan Scott?
- What does this say about the future of Max Starks?
Potentially bringing back Starks is still not off the table, and as we mentioned previously he will be an option into the regular season should the need arise and if he’s available.
You have to be careful how much you read into these moves because it is the offseason after all and the more bodies you can bring into camp to compete the better off you are.
Being mainly a PS player, Jolly doesn’t figure to fight for a starting job when you consider that the Steelers now have 2 second round draft picks on the roster at that same position. Whether or not he’s a better option behind J. Scott; we’ll find that out over time. Fow now he’s another body on the roster and another option for offensive line coach Sean Kugler to work with.
Here’s a quick bio courtesy of ESPN (picture also):
Born: 7/22/1987, Powhatan, VA
College: North Carolina
NFL Experience: 1st season
Head over to the steeleraddicts.com forums for more discussion on this newest move by the Steelers’ front office.