We are back again with part 37 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 depth offencive lineman:
Height: 6’ 3”
Weight: 305 lbs
Draft: UDFA in 2018 (Falcons)
N/A — joined the practice squad Week 12; one game on active roster (Week 17)
Expires in 2021
$610,000 salary cap number (0.30% of total cap)
$0 Dead money
$610,000 Savings if cut
Likelihood of making the roster
Unlikely. Hassenauer, could land on the Steelers practice squad in 2020. However, with the recent news that Matt Feiler will start the year at guard, it looks like the interior backups are set in stone.
I don't see a world where Hassenauer passes Stefan Wisniewski, or Kevin Dotson on the depth chart. If Wisniewski earns the job a left guard and Matt Feiler goes back to tackle, Hassenauer could squeeze on the roster as a back-up center.
At best Hassenauer squeezes onto the 53-man roster if all the cards fall his way. At worst, the 2020 training camp is his last NFL snaps of his career. The most likely path for Hassenauer would be to land back on the practice squad.
N/A —Practice squad or cut
If the Steelers starting guards and center are Feiler, Maurkice Pouncey, and David DeCastro and the backups are Wisniewski and Dotson, Then I just don't see a way to fit J.C. Hassenauer onto the team. But if he can stay on the practice squad, Hassenauer could be a candidate to occasionally move up to the active roster with the new roster rules.
Antoine Brooks Jr.
Ulysees Gilbert III