After completing their first 53-man roster before Week 1, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed 15 players to their training roster. Most were players they’d removed from their own roster, but some were signed off by waivers. One of them was former First Round Security Councilor Karl Joseph.
Karl Joseph could be an effective player for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Karl Joseph met with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a free agent in the off-season but was reunited with the team that designed him: the Las Vegas Raiders. The Raiders went to secondary school with their youth and Karl Joseph was fired with the final roster cuts. Pittsburgh still had a player they were interested in just months before.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to add Karl Joseph to the active squad, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. There is a six day COVID-19 log period that they have to wait for it to end first and the team would have to make a roster change to make room for Karl Joseph. NT Carlos Davis and LB Christian Kuntz could both be options to replace Joseph.
Pittsburgh’s secondary school could use a jolt to the season with a marked lack of experience. Karl Joseph could serve as the depth behind starter Terrell Edmunds, or possibly work as the Nickel cornerback like Antoine Brooks Jr. did for Safety in 2020. Durability is a red flag for Karl Joseph, but he is not expected to be a full-time starter job. He was still able to contribute on the field in certain situations and roles while also helping with younger players like Tre Norwood’s development.
With Cameron Sutton set to play on the outside now, the Pittsburgh Steelers don’t have much of a Nickel CB. Karl Joseph isn’t guaranteed to be on the field much, but the lack of real NFL experience could force him to step up.
The Steelers’ first game is against the Buffalo Bills and QB Josh Allen should be targeting this second game. Karl Joseph can drive in and out with the Safeties and Nickel Cornerbacks to keep fresh legs in the field. A former first-round pick in 2016 and only 27 years old, Karl Joseph could be an effective player if he can stay healthy and show that he still has confidence.
As a side note, the Pittsburgh Steelers now have four former first-round picks in their secondary school.