Steelers Make Roster Move Ahead of Patriots Showdown

Getty Linebacker Delontae Scott celebrates.

Like clockwork on Saturdays, NFL teams make practice squad moves in hopes of improving their game day roster. On Sept. 17, the Pittsburgh Steelers announced elevating ex-Green Bay Packers linebacker Delontae Scott to the active/inactive roster ahead of their Sept. 18 matchup against the New England Patriots.

Despite signing outside linebacker David Anenih to the active roster on Thursday, Sept. 15, Pittsburgh still elevated Scott because of his experience in the Steelers’ defense. Scott, 25, spent the 2021 season on the practice squad and was promoted for one game.

In Scott’s NFL debut versus the Los Angeles Chargers on Nov. 21, he played seven defensive snaps registering a hurry on quarterback Justin Herbert.

Though Scott wasn’t as productive as Anenih was for the Tennessee Titans, he did play in all three exhibition games this year. On 48 pass rush snaps, Scott recorded 1.0 sacks, one hurry and one quarterback hit. On 24 run defense snaps, he contributed three tackles for loss and four stops.

Scott can revert to the practice squad following the game without having to clear waivers, so we could see his name again before the season’s end.

Before his release on cut-down day, Scott wore No. 50; since the number now belongs to Malik Reed, he’ll wear No. 91.

The Steelers also signed veteran outside linebacker Ryan Anderson to the practice squad on Sept. 14, but according to the current depth chart, the 6’5″ Scott will be behind Alex Highsmith, Reed and Jamir Jones.

David Anenih, Meet T.J. Watt

For the Pittsburgh Steelers and David Anenih, it’s all about bolstering depth behind starters Alex Highsmith and newcomer Malik Reed, as the reigning Defensive Player of the Year is expected to spend six weeks rehabbing before a return to the field.

“I know T.J. Watt was here, so that was the main thing,” Anenih answered when asked what he knew about Pittsburgh. “And I know how historic the defense is.”

Anenih, 23, is chomping at the bit to suit up on game day and contribute to that historic defense.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to get out there, be on the 53-man roster, get out there, get some reps and play.”
After a standout preseason of 3.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and four tackles, it was expected he’d make the Titan’s 53-man roster. Instead, Anenih landed on their practice squad.
Though the Steelers and Titans play the 3-4 defense, Anenih’s role will be different.
“I would drop in coverage more at Tennessee, but here they want me to get off the ball and rush the edge more, so I like that,” he said.
The rookie undrafted free agent doesn’t concern himself with the impossible task of filling T.J.
Watt’s enormous shoes. His focus is trying to make the active roster on Sept. 18.

“I’m getting to know the coaches, learning the playbook, just put my head down to work,” he said. “Getting to be around the guys, getting to be around coach Mike T [Tomlin], seeing how he does things. I heard a lot of stories about him, so, just getting to see how the whole team operates.”

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