We are humming right along to part 18 of our 90-part series— 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.
Let’s take a look at 2020 UDFA:
Height: 6’ 4”
Weight: 325 lbs
Draft: UDFA in 2020
2019 stats (Mississippi)
12 Games played
46 Total tackles
1 Fumble recovery
Expires in 2022
$615,000 salary cap number (0.31% of total cap)
$5,000 dead money
$610,000 cap savings if cut
Likelihood of making the roster
Unlikely. It’s probably time for someone to bump big Dan McCullers off the roster, but I don't think Coatney is the guy to do it. The team is loaded at D-Line, even if Coatney explodes in camp he would only be a candidate for the practice squad at best. Just look at the names ahead of him on the depth chart:
The Steelers carried only 6 D-Lineman into Week 1 a year ago. Davis, McCullers, Mondeaux, and Walker have the inside track to winning the final spot.
Coatney is still a talented D-Tackle, I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up on a teams practice squad in Pittsburgh or elsewhere.
Coatney has a mountain to climb in-front of him, and only has minutes to get to the top. I suppose it’s possible that a helicopter appears, but how often does that actually happen? Keep an eye on him in the preseason, he’ll have a chance to fight for the practice squad.
Antoine Brooks Jr.