We are onto part 47 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 a defensive lineman turned offensive lineman turned XFLer:
Height: 6’ 4”
Weight: 316 lbs
College: Notre Dame
Draft: UDFA in 2017 (Giants)
2019 stats (XFL)
5 Games Played
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
None. Jarron Jones is in a really tough spot heading into 2020. The length of his tryout with the Steelers is rapidly shrinking due to Covid-19, and the Steelers have a load of incumbent players that this coaching staff will probably defiantly favor in the current situation. The Steelers offensive line depth chart probably runs as followed:
LT Alejandro Villanueva, Chukwuma Okorafor
LG Matt Feiler, Stefen Wisniewski, Kevin Dotson
C Maurkice Pouncey, Wisniewski
RG David DeCastro, Wisniewski
RT Zach Banner, Chuks Okorafor
Which would account for 8 spots the line will have to carry for 2020. To carry another player would be because they stood out far above the rest, so making this team won't be easy.
Jarron Jones is out of practice squad availability and it appears his only way to stick in the NFL is to play so well in the preseason another team signs him to the main roster. Otherwise, Jones could be an easy cut.
The Steelers offensive line has been one of the best units in the NFL for the better part of the last decade. They’ve been a well-oiled unit that is slowly growing. The Steelers do a great job of finding UDFA talent on the line, and while this might not be one of those times, I love that the Steelers chased after the ex-XFL guys in hopes of finding a diamond in the rough.
Antoine Brooks Jr.
Ulysees Gilbert III