The Steelers have promoted running back Trey Edmunds and quarterback Paxton Lynch from the practice squad to the active roster, the team announced on Friday.
Edmunds is in his second season with the team and his second stint on the active roster. He was on the practice squad last season until being promoted on Dec. 4, 2018, dressing for four games.
He spent the 2017 season with the New Orleans Saints and had nine carries for 48 yards and a touchdown. A noted special teams performer, Edmunds also returned three kicks for 65 yards and played on 62 percent of New Orleans’ special teams snaps that season.
He’s been called up to help offset the loss of backup running back Jaylen Samuels, who is expected to miss a month after undergoing knee surgery on Monday. Rookie Benny Snell will be the primary backup to starter James Conner.
Lynch, 25, is a former first-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos that the Steelers signed to their practice squad on Sept. 17 after Ben Roethlisberger was lost for the season with an elbow injury.
Lynch played in five career games and made four start for the Broncos from 2016-17. He has a career completion percentage of 61.7 and a passer rating of 76.7.
He did not sign with another team after being cut by the Broncos before the 2018 season. Lynch spent the 2019 preseason with the Seattle Seahawks but was again released before being signed by the Steelers.
Lynch will serve as the backup to starter Devlin Hodges, as Mason Rudolph has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers. He remains in the league’s concussion protocol.
To make room on the roster, the Steelers waived guard Fred Johnson and outside linebacker Jay Elliott. Johnson made the team out of training camp as an undrafted rookie out of Florida. Elliott was cut at the end of training camp, but re-signed with the team after an injury to linebacker Anthony Chickillo.
Chickillo returned fully to practice this week and is expected to play against the Chargers.
Terrell Edmunds Explains New Nickname
Terrell Edmunds informs the media, including Mike Asti and Alan Saunders of Steelers Now, about his new nickname. Call him “Old Fashioned” from now on. He also expresses how feels about the current state of the Steelers, and that’s obviously includes being happy about the team’s record but also understanding the need to improve.
Steelers Week 10 Game vs. Bengals Flexed to 4:25 p.m. National Broadcast
The Steelers game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 10 has been flexed into a national television broadcast slot.
The Steelers and Bengals will now kick off at Heinz Field on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 4:25 p.m. The game had originally been scheduled to kick at 1 p.m. It will be broadcast nationally on FOX. All of that weekend’s early games will be broadcast on FOX, as CBS has coverage of The Masters, which was rescheduled from this summer.
The game will be Pittsburgh’s first matchup against 2020 NFL Draft No. 1 pick, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow.
The Steelers are also playing a 4:25 p.m., nationally broadcast game in Week 9 against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. That game will be televised by CBS.
That will be the second time this season the Steelers will be placed in a nation-wide television slot. The team opened the season playing on ESPN’s Monday Night Football against the New York Giants.
The Steelers’ Week 7 game against the Tennessee Titans was protected by CBS in a 1 p.m. time slot, but was broadcast nearly nationwide, with CBS only showing two other 1 p.m. games.
The Steelers will play on national television at least three more times this season: against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, Nov. 26, on Sunday Night Football against the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 13 and at the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday, Dec. 21.
What Does Being NFL’s Last Unbeaten Team Portend for Steelers?
The Steelers are the last remaining undefeated team in the NFL after beating the formerly unbeaten Tennessee Titans on Sunday while the Seattle Seahawks lost on Sunday night, leaving the Steelers as the only 6-0 team in the nation.
What does that mean for them in the long term? Not as much as you might think.
In the last 20 years, one of the last undefeated teams didn’t even make the playoffs three times: 2002 4-0 San Diego Chargers, 2014 3-0 Philadelphia Eagles and the 2016 5-0 Minnesota Vikings. Ten other times, one of the last undefeated teams (some years, there are more than one), lost in the first or second round of the NFL playoffs.
Just once since 2000 has the last undefeated team won the Super Bowl, in 2006 when the Indianapolis Colts started 9-0 on the way to winning Super Bowl XLI.
In the first three decades of the league’s modern era, that was significantly different. The last undefeated team won six Super Bowls in the 1990s, two in the 1980s and three in the 1970s, including the 1972 Miami Dolphins, who finished a perfect 17-0, the only team in NFL history to do so.
More recently, being the last undefeated team has resulted in a bunch of Super Bowl losses, including the last time the Steelers were the league’s last unbeaten team.
The 2001 St. Louis Rams, 2002 Oakland Raiders, 2004 Eagles, 2007 New England Patriots, 2009 Colts, 2010 Steelers, 2015 Carolina Panthers, 2018 Los Angeles Rams and the 2019 San Francisco 49ers all made it to the championship game after being the last undefeated team before losing in the end.