The Pittsburgh Steelers have ruled out running back DeAngelo Williams playing on Saturday in the team’s Wild Card matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Williams, who suffered an ankle injury in Week 17 against the Cleveland Browns, has been a big factor in Pittsburgh’s offensive success this season. Backups Elite Youth New York Jets Jersey Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman will get carries in Williams’ absence.
The injury to Williams’ ankle initially appeared to be serious. He required assistance from athletic performance staff to get to the sideline, and he left the field on a cart. Williams did return to the sideline and was able to jog and put full weight on the ankle, but he did not return to the game. The Steelers won 28-12 and secured their postseason spot.
Once McCarron gets a feel for the game and finds himself feeling Leodis McKelvin Kids Jersey comfortable, Hue Jackson may be inclined to dial up a deep shot or two. That’s where Eifert can be deadly is up the seams.
The Bengals use Eifert as a de facto slot receiver at times, but they also line him up in line as a traditional tight end, setting up in a three-point stance. With his versatility, they can attack a number of coverages, and one deadly strategy they’ve used a lot this year is by sending him up the seam. Take this play against the Rams.
Eifert is lined up on the right of the formation in a two-point stance. The Rams crowd the box, as it’s a run-heavy personnel grouping (three tight ends). After motioning Tyler Croft out to the right wing, the ball is snapped. Eifert releases out of his stance, widening first before running up the numbers. As he’s being passed from the zone-dropping linebackers into the middle of the field — where he’s the safety’s problem — Andy Dalton hits him in stride.
The real key to this play was for Dalton to hold that deep safety toward the middle of the field. Watch how he uses his helmet and eyes to keep that safety — Rodney McCleod — between the hashes. The pump fake works like a charm, too.