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Can Robert Spillane become the next great Steelers inside linebacker?

Day 26 of the Steelers Trifecta! Featuring Benny Snell Jr., Robert Spillane, and Donovan Stiner

NFL: NOV 01 Steelers at Ravens Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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:


Benny Snell Jr.

NFL: Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Position: Running Back
Age: 23
Year: 4
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 224
Drafted: Round 4, Pick 122, 2019
College: Kentucky
Roster Outlook: More likely than not
Analysis:

This is a massive training camp for Benny Snell Jr. Not only is he competing to be the Steelers primary backup running back, but he is fighting for his NFL career. There is a chance Snell gets completely cut off of this Steelers roster especially with Kalen Ballage reportedly breathing down his neck. At this point no one will ever surpass Najee Harris on the depth chart so the RB2 slot is the what all these back up players will need to covet.


Robert Spillane

NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Position: Linebacker
Age: 25
Year: 3
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 229
Drafted: UDFA 2018 (Titans)
College: Western Michigan
Roster Outlook: Most Likely
Analysis:

Robert Spillane exploded onto the scene in 2020 after Devin Bush went down with injury. He became a big hitter and a splash play player. Injuries slowed down Spillane’s breakout campaign, but he has positioned himself to start alongside Devin Bush here in 2021. Spillane has improved by leaps and bounds each and every year he has been in the league. If he can continue to grow at this rapid pace the Steelers may have another stud that they found for free.


Donovan Stiner

Vanderbilt v Florida Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Position: Safety
Age: 22
Year: 1
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 210
Drafted: UDFA 2021
College: Florida
Roster Outlook: Doubtful
Analysis:

If there’s one spot where you would want to be a UDFA on the Pittsburgh Steelers it would be at safety. Both the backup free and strong safety spot are open for the taking, so just about anyone can sneak their way onto the roster especially if they can be a contributor on special teams. With that said it will still be an uphill battle for Stiner to make the team. But this is essentially an open competition with the best man winning the job.


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