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Day 1 of the Steelers Trifecta! Featuring DeMarkus Acy, Marcus Allen, and Tyson Alualu

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Welcome to the Steelers Trifecta! Over the 30 days leading up to the Pittsburgh Steelers 2021 training camp, we will be highlighting three players every day in order cover the entire 90-man offseason roster. So without further ado, here are today’s three players:

DeMarkus Acy

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Position: Corner
Age: 23
Year: 2
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 195
Drafted: UDFA 2020 (San Francisco 49ers)
College: Missouri
Roster Outlook: Doubtful

Despite the Steelers need at cornerback, the roster is loaded to the gills with guys with better talent than Acy. DeMarkus Acy’s best shot at making this team is as a practice squad guy. His main competition consists of the long list of Steelers 2021 UDFA cornerbacks and Tre Norwood. Long story short, it will be an up hill battle for Acy.

Marcus Allen

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Position: Linebacker
Age: 24
Year: 4
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 215
Drafted: 2018, Round 5, Pick 148
College: Penn State
Roster Outlook: Bubble

Marcus Allen has carved out a little niche for himself on the Steelers roster. He’s cemented himself as a special teams player and a depth linebacker. But entering his fourth year in the league Allen will need to continue to grow, otherwise he might be shown the door in favor of younger players like Buddy Johnson.

Tyson Alualu

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Position: Defensive Tackle
Age: 34
Year: 13
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 304
Drafted: 2010 Round 1, Pick 10 (Jacksonville Jaguars)
College: California
Roster Outlook: Lock

Tyson Alualu replaced Javon Hargrave beautifully in 2020. The Steelers defense didn't miss a beat with the former first-round pick clogging up the middle. Despite nearly losing him at the start of the 2021 offseason, the Steelers managed to retain the services of Alualu and will look to him to play big snaps this year. Alualu is not going anywhere on this roster and will be a staple of the Steelers defensive line until he retires.

Be sure to check back everyday for anther ‘trifecta’ of Steelers, and as we go along click back on previous articles (eventually listed below) so you don’t miss a thing.