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Can Jordan Berry turn it around in 2020?

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Breaking down every player one-by-one alphabetically on the Steelers current 90-man roster

NFL: DEC 22 Steelers at Jets Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers A-to-Z 90-part series roles on— assuming the roster does not change before we are complete— which will break down each player of the Steelers current 90-man roster in alphabetical order. This series will encompass many aspects of each players game and their current role with the team. At the end, I’ll give some projected stats as well as their chances to make the 53-man roster.

Part 8 will dive into our first special teamer:

Jordan Berry

Position: P
Height: 6’ 5”
Weight: 195 lbs
College: East. Kentucky
Draft: UDFA in 2014


2019 stats

74 Punts
69 yard long
45.5 yard average
24 punts inside 20


Contract remaining

Expires in 2020

$2,175,000 salary cap number (1.1% of total cap)
$375,000 dead money
$1,800,000 cap savings if cut


Likelihood of making the roster

Lock. Punting is such a cut and dry position. There are no outside intangibles on a punter, it’s simple, whoever can punt the ball the best will be on the team. Berry does have some competition in 2020 UDFA, Corliss Waitman (Who’ll get an ‘exciting’ breakdown of his own). Waitman only averaged 42.7 yards per punt at South Alabama. So it feels fairly safe to say Jordan Berry will be the Steelers punter of 2020, unless an outside player is brought in.


2020 projection

At best Jordan Berry returns to his most consistent version of himself (2016). At worst he sputters and is inconsistent once again. The leash is much tighter for the Australian-born punter, and even the slightest rough patch could see the organization dip into the free agent market looking for a replacement. I think we will see something right in the middle which will see Berry as the Steelers punter through 2020.


Projected stats:

70 Punts
72 yard long
45.7 yard average
28 punts inside 20


Summary

Jordan Berry seemed to be on the path of redemption a year ago when he started the season just fine, however the punter trailed off as the year went by. He will have to regain that consistency over the course of the season if he wants to remain with the club past this season. While I fully expect Berry to be back on the roster, if he starts to flounder, look for the Steelers to replace him mid season like how they handled the Josh Scobee situation and the addition of Chris Boswell.


Previously Highlighted

Ola Adeniyi
Marcus Allen
Tyson Alualu
Trajan Bandy
Zach Banner
J.T. Barrett
John Battle