We are officially on part 40 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 one of the biggest leaders on the roster today:
Height: 6’ 5”
Weight: 295 lbs
College: Ohio State
Draft: 1st round pick 31st overall in 2011
23 QB Hits
6 Passes Defended
1 Forced Fumble
1 Fumble Recovery
Expires in 2020
$13,251,250 salary cap number (6.6% of total cap)
$3,751,250 Dead money
$9,500,000 Savings if cut
Likelihood of making the roster
Lock. Cam Heyward isn't going anywhere, at least this season. He’s a been a beast and if it wasn't for Aaron Donald he’d been the best interior defensive lineman in football. He’s the anchor and leader of this defense. Heyward is always around the ball, and he’s always making a play. Let’s just hope this isn't the last season he’s dong it in Pittsburgh.
Heyward will be motivated and hungry. Heading into a contract year I could only assume we’ll see a level to Heyward's game we haven't seen before. Stephon Tuitt is healthy and T.J. Watt is picking up all the double teams meaning Cam should feast on the inside. Dare I say expect the best season of Heyward we’ve ever seen?
21 QB Hits
5 Passes Defended
2 Forced Fumble
2 Fumble Recovery
If this is truly the end of the line for Cam, then we as Steelers fans need to let the big fella know how much he's meant to this team. He’s developed into one of the most fearsome and intimidating defenders in the sport, and has seemingly doubled his highlight reel plays on a yearly basis. Cam is a pillar of the 2010’s and I can only hope that will continue deep into the 2020’s. Expect more of the same and a couple broken records for Cam.
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