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Can Breon Borders steal a spot on the Steelers roster?

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

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We have made it to number 10 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 deep dive on journeyman corner:

Breon Borders

Position: CB
Height: 6’ 0”
Weight: 189 lbs
College: Duke
Draft: UDFA in 2017


2019 stats

12 Games
1 Start
1 Fumble recovery
7 tackles
1 QB hit


Contract remaining

Expires in 2020

$750,000 salary cap number (0.34% of total cap)
$0 dead money
$750,000 cap savings if cut


Likelihood of making the roster

Toss up. Much like previously highlight corner, Trajan Bandy, Borders will have a sneaky shot at making the 53-man roster and actually hit the field on Week 1. The Steelers dressed 6 corners on Week 1 a year ago, and with what current projections suggest, there should be an open spot on the depth chart.

Like I mentioned in prior articles, the last slot will be decided in training camp, most likely between Borders and Bandy.


2020 projection

If Borders can win the job I think we could expect him to put somewhat similar numbers that he did a year ago (Minus the start at corner). Borders will make an impact on special teams, and with his experience could plug in for a play or two if injury deems it necessary.


Projected stats:

16 Games played
6 Tackles


Summary

The battle for the final cornerback spot will be a fun little match-up to keep an eye on during training camp. If Borders loses the job he no longer has practice roster eligibility so he’s literally fighting for his NFL career. It will be interesting to see what kind of impact he would bring to the special teams units. Keep an eye on this one folks!


Previously Highlighted

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