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It has been a one-of-a-kind offseason for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2020. Unable to attend most player pro days and participating in the NFL’s first virtual draft, the Steelers keep pushing forward toward a return to football activities. Just because the NFL has cancelled the 2020 Hall of Fame Game and cut the preseason to an undetermined amount of games doesn’t mean we stop providing you with features, commentary and opinions to tide you over throughout the offseason!

Today in the black-and-gold links article we take a look at the entire depth cart at tackle for the 2020 Steelers.

Let’s get to the news:

  • Chuks? Banner? Feiler? How will the Steelers depth chart at tackle shake out before Week 1?

Steelers hope to mix-and-match offensive tackles

By: Jeff Hartman, DK Pittsburgh Sports

The successful NFL offense starts with a quality offensive line. The ability to both protect the quarterback and open holes for the running game is paramount for winning games when it matters. The Steelers have gone from one of the best in the league, to one with questions all along the line.

The most expensive position along the line would certainly be the tackle position, left tackle to be exact, but the importance of the tackles has become glaring in the pass-happy modern NFL. The Steelers have their share of tackles on the roster, but this depth chart is not even close to written in stone heading into training camp.

Before getting into depth chart talk, let’s first take a look at the tackles who are currently on the roster.

ROSTER

Zach Banner
Anthony Coyle
Christian DiLauro
Matt Feiler
Derwin Gray
Chuks Okorafor
Alejandro Villanueva

There are names on the roster who don’t stand a chance at making the team, barring injury. With the NFL talking about trimming rosters with an abridged, or canceled, preseason there wouldn’t be a need for many players on the above roster.

But when it comes down to who will make the team, and where they will fit on the depth chart, you are entering muddy waters.

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  • The Steelers won’t face the Bengals until the second half of 2020

Countdown to 2020: The Bengals

By: Mike Prisuta, Steelers.com

Date: Nov. 15

Time: 1 p.m.

Venue: Heinz Field

Date: Dec. 21

Time: 8:15 p.m.

Venue: Paul Brown Stadium

All-Time Regular-Season Series: Steelers lead, 64-35. The Steelers also lead the postseason series, 2-0.

Last Meeting: QB Devlin Hodges did just enough in relief of Mason Rudolph and the defense came up with a coupe of critical turnovers in the fourth quarter in a 16-10 victory on Nov. 24, 2019 in Cincinnati. Hodges replaced Rudolph on the second series of the third quarter and connected with WR James Washington on a 79-yard, catch-and-run touchdown that gave the Steelers a 10-7 lead. A 13-10, fourth-quarter Steelers’ advantage was preserved thanks to a forced fumble by LB Devin Bush and a recovery by FS Minkah Fitzpatrick at the Steelers’ 6-yard line. The Bengals’ final possession ended on a sack of QB Ryan Finley, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, all registered by OLB Bud Dupree. The Steelers had defeated the Bengals in the teams’ first meeting, 27-3, on Sept. 30 at Heinz Field.

Last Season: The Bengals went 2-14 and finished fourth in the AFC North. Cincinnati ranked 26th in total offense (25th rushing, 19th passing) and 29th in total defense (32nd rushing, 21st passing).

To read the full article, click HERE (Free)


  • Breaking down the Steelers quarterbacks for the upcoming season

Steelers’ 90-man roster: QBs

By: Jim Wexel, Steelers Digest

ON THE ROSTER NOW: Ben Roethlisberger, Mason Rudolph, Devlin Hodges, Paxton Lynch, J.T. Barrett.

ON THE ROSTER IN SEPTEMBER: The Steelers have had exactly three quarterbacks on their opening-day roster every year but 2004 and 2005 during the Kevin Colbert era, and of course every year of the Mike Tomlin era.

STAT THAT STANDS OUT: Rudolph had a 5-3 record as a first-time starter, and he likely would have helped the team into the playoffs, but his appearance in relief of starter Devlin Hodges against the New York Jets ended prematurely when he was injured late in the third quarter after he helped erase a 10-0 deficit and brought the Steelers into a 10-10 tie. Rudolph’s 104 passer rating that day gave him a final rating of 82 for the year. Former third-round pick Neil O’Donnell had an 83.6 rating during his second year in the league, no doubt helped by the fact it was his second season as a starter.

KEY DEPARTURES: Josh Dobbs was on the 2019 opening-day roster and was traded a day later to Jacksonville for a fifth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

KEY ADDITIONS: Roethlisberger played the first game and a half before shutting it down for the remainder of the season with an elbow injury. After having the elbow surgically repaired, he’s back and healthy.

To read the full article, click HERE (Free)


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