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Is Maurkice Pouncey still one of the top centers in football?

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

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Moving along with part 65 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 dive in on eleven-year veteran:

Maurkice Pouncey

Position: C
Height: 6’ 4”
Weight: 304 lbs
College: Florida
Draft: 1st round 18th Overall in 2010


2019 stats (NCAA)

13 Games played
13 Games started


Contract remaining

Expires in 2022
$7,525,000 salary cap number (3.7% of total cap)
$6,475,000 Dead money
$1,050,000 Savings if cut


Likelihood of making the roster

Lock. Maurkice Pouncey is the anchor of the Steelers offensive line, a veteran leader, and on a contract that is basically uncuttable in 2020 (but he wasn't getting cut anyway). Ben Roethlisberger is also a big fan of his center and probably wouldn’t be very happy if anything were to happen to him. The Steelers offensive line will remain mostly intact in 2020.


2020 projection

I expect Maurkice Pouncey to start in every game, health depending, but I think 2019 might be the last of his Pro Bowl years. Although, Steelers fans do love our offensive linemen and could get Pouncey into his 9th Pro Bowl. I also think Pouncey will clean up some of his errant snaps that became a bit of a problem in 2019. Having Ben Roethlisberger back there taking snaps also helps as the duo has well over ten years of chemistry with one another.


Projected stats:

16 Games started
16 Games played


Summary

I think the Steelers offensive line will be better than it was in 2019. Opponents will be less likely to stack the box with Roethlisberger back at the helm. The Steelers are also not playing the same level of defensive line talent in 2020 that they did in 2019. Those two factors combined, I think the Steelers offensive line will again be recognized as one of footballs best units. Maurkice Pouncey is getting older but he has shown week in and week out that he is still a capable veteran.


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Antoine Brooks Jr.
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Anthony Coyle
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Carlos Davis
David DeCastro
Christian DiLauro
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Eric Ebron
Terrell Edmunds
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Ulysees Gilbert III
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J.C. Hassenauer
Quadree Henderson
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Alex Highsmith
Mike Hilton
Devlin Hodges
John Houston
Anthony Johnson
Diontae Johnson
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John Keenoy
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James Lockhart
Paxton Lynch
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