2022 Steelers Training Camp Preview - Third Time's A Charm For Tuzar Skipper?

Linebacker Tuzar Skipper never played any games with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but during his first tenure with the team he made quite an impression.

Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Toledo in 2019, Skipper was one of the standouts in the preseason that year, recording five sacks and seven quarterback hits in four preseason games.

Despite initially making the Steelers' active roster, he would be waived soon after and picked up by the New York Giants on September 9, 2019. In his time with the Giants, Skipper would play six regular season games where he would contribute half a sack and three total tackles. 

After being waived and re-signed to their practice squad, Skipper would find himself again with the Steelers on November 19, 2019, and eventually let go again in September 2020. Skipper would have stints with both the Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons, before being re-signed for a third time this past June.

Much has changed since Skipper's last stint with the Steelers. Firstly, Pro Bowl linebacker Bud Dupree signed with the Tennessee Titans following the 2020 season. Secondly, the team added pass rusher Quincy Roche in the 2021 NFL Draft, only to waive him and be picked up by the Giants. With these subtractions noted, the team's depth at the edge position is arguably an area of concern, despite the additions of Derrek Tuszka and experienced pass rusher Genard Avery.

Skipper's return may have come at the right time. Admittedly, he is in a much better place with more experience. The journeyman out of Toledo may be ready to show that he is more than a flash-in-the-pan player and can be relied upon to contribute when it matters. 

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