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John Keenoy won a spot in the XFL, but can he win a job in the NFL?

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

New York Guardians v Dallas Renegades Photo by Andrew Hancock/XFL via Getty Images

Moving along to part 48 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 the former Dallas Renegades center.

John Keenoy

Position: C
Height: 6’ 3”
Weight: 305 lbs
College: Western Michigan
Draft: UDFA in 2019 (Vikings)
VDraft: UDFA in 2019 (


2019 stats (XFL)

5 Games Played
2 Starts


Contract remaining

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. As offseason and team activities shrink, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, players who weren't on roster in 2019 will have a hard time making the roster. The Steelers tend to bring along just one player to backup the interior three positions, while they could add another in 2020 it appears that both spots will be occupied. Stefen Wisneiwski and Kevin Dotson aren't getting cut off this roster, but Keenoy will have a shot at the practice squad.


2020 projection

Due to the possibility of a smaller roster size then normal I just don't see a world where the Steelers carry extra offensive lineman because of the level of depth at the position. I can't see Keenoy contribute in any way unless an injury deemed it necessary.


Projected stats:

N/A —Cut


Summary

The Steelers offensive line is trying to bounce back from a down year in 2019. They reloaded the position and will return 4 of its starters from a year ago. I have a hard time imagining a world where they mess with the chemistry of the room, and for that reason I don't think Keenoy will have any role bigger then playing on the practice squad.


Previously Highlighted

Ola Adeniyi
Marcus Allen
Tyson Alualu
Trajan Bandy
Zach Banner
J.T. Barrett
John Battle
Jordan Berry
Saeed Blacknall
Breon Borders
Chris Boswell
Antoine Brooks Jr.
Isaiah Buggs
Devin Bush
Deon Cain
Kam Canaday
Chase Claypool
Josiah Coatney
James Conner
Anthony Coyle
Jordan Dangerfield
Amara Darboh
Carlos Davis
David DeCastro
Christian DiLauro
Kevin Dotson
Bud Dupree
Eric Ebron
Terrell Edmunds
Trey Edmunds
Matt Feiler
Minkah Fitzpatrick
Zach Gentry
Ulysees Gilbert III
Derwin Gray
Joe Haden
J.C. Hassenauer
Quadree Henderson
Dewayne Hendrix
Cam Heyward
Alex Highsmith
Mike Hilton
Devlin Hodges
John Houston
Anthony Johnson
Diontae Johnson
Jarron Jones