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How will the Steelers use former Ravens defensive tackle Chris Wormley in 2020?

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

Pittsburgh Steelers v Baltimore Ravens Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

We have made it. The final instalment of our 90ish-part series which will break down each player of the Steelers current 90-man (now 80-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 former Baltimore Raven:

Chris Wormley

Position: IOL
Height: 6’ 5”
Weight: 300 lbs
College: Michigan
Draft: 3rd round 74th overall in 2017 (Ravens)


2019 Stats

16 Games played
7 Games Started
33 Tackles
1.5 Sacks
2 Passes defended
2 Tackles for loss
6 Quarterback hits


Contract remaining

Expires in 2021
$2,133,000 salary cap number (1.1% of total cap)
$0 Dead money
$2,133,000 Savings if cut


Likelihood of making the roster

Near lock. The only thing keeping me from making Wormley a definitive lock for this team is his extremely cuttable contract, say a guy like former XFLer Cavon Walker completely outperforms him at camp then the Steelers would have no punishment towards the cap. That being said the Steelers did move a 2021 fifth round pick for Wormley and cutting him before he plays a single snap would hurt. Wormley should be a nice rotational/depth piece for this team and will see a fair bit of playing time.


2020 projection

I foresee Wormley putting up a similar stat line and impact to that of which he brought the the Baltimore Ravens in 2019. He’s not stealing starts from Cameron Heyward or Stephon Tuitt and Tyson Alualu is still ahead of him on the depth chart so I think a modest stat line in a fair prediction. And, if Wormley wanted anymore motivation he is also in a contract year.


Projected stats:

16 Games played
1 Games Start
30 Tackles
1 Sack
1 Passes defended
2 Tackles for loss
5 Quarterback hits


Summary

When the Steelers made a trade with the Baltimore Ravens I was legitimately shocked. The Steelers never make deals with any of their rivals, so when they dealt a fifth rounder for Wormley (+a conditional pick) it got my attention. After all the Ravens dealt there own fifth round pick for Pro Bowl defensive tackle Calais Campbell. Obviously the Steelers must see something they really like out of Wormley because they did pay a higher then normal price to land the rotational player. Perhaps the long term plan is to extend Wormley past the 2020 season on a substantially cheaper deal than what Cam Heyward will cost, but we are a long time away from anything like that taking place. It will be interesting to see what he brings to the defense in 2020.


Previously Highlighted

Ola Adeniyi
Marcus Allen
Tyson Alualu
Trajan Bandy
Zach Banner
J.T. Barrett -Cut
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 -Cut
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 -Cut
Dewayne Hendrix -Cut
Cam Heyward
Alex Highsmith
Mike Hilton
Devlin Hodges
John Houston -Cut
Anthony Johnson
Diontae Johnson
Jarron Jones
John Keenoy
Tyree Kinnel -Cut
Christian Kuntz -Cut
Justin Layne
Leo Lewis
James Lockhart
Paxton Lynch
Dan McCullers
Vance McDonald
Anthony McFarland Jr.
Henry Mondeaux
Christian Montano -Cut
Alexander Myres
Steven Nelson
Spencer Nigh -Cut
Chuks Okorafor
James Pierre
Maurkice Pouncey
Kevin Rader
Dax Raymond
Ben Roethlisberger
Mason Rudolph
Jaylen Samuels
Tuzar Skipper
Wendall Smallwood
Juju Smith-Schuster
Benny Snell Jr.
Robert Spillane
Cameron Sutton
Ryan Switzer
Calvin Taylor
Stephon Tuitt
Alejandro Villanueva
Corliss Waitman
Cavon Walker
James Washington
Derek Watt
T.J. Watt
Kerrith Whyte
Vince Williams
Stefan Wisniewski