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Can Joe Haden maintain his elite level of play into 2021?

Day 12 of the Steelers Trifecta! Featuring Ulysees Gilbert III, Kendrick Green, and Joe Haden

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:


Ulysees Gilbert III

Pittsburgh Steelers v Carolina Panthers Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

Position: Linebacker
Age: 23
Year: 3
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 230
Drafted: Round 6, Pick 207, 2019
College: Akron
Roster Outlook: Bubble
Analysis:

This is likely to be the last stand for Ulysees Gilbert III. The often injured linebacker is quickly dropping down the Steelers lineup and with younger guys coming in and veterans maintaining a high level it is not looking good. If you can recall even when UG3 was on the Steelers active roster Mike Tomlin refused to give him a helmet for games. The writing is on the wall for the 2019 sixth rounder and he’s going to have to prove everyone wrong for a job on this team.


Kendrick Green

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 05 Iowa at Illinois Photo by James Black/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Position: Center
Age: 22
Year: 1
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 315
Drafted: Round 3, Pick 87, 2021
College: Syracuse
Roster Outlook: Lock
Analysis:

In a normal year the Steelers would sit Kendrick Green for at least a couple of weeks before turning the keys to the starting Center job over to him. However, this is no normal year and I fully expect Green to be given every opportunity to win the Steelers starting gig during the preseason. The Steelers have had a long lineage of great center play and they will be asking Green to carry the flame. While he is slightly undersized his viciousness and tenacity more than make up for it. This rookie will be fun to watch in 2021.


Joe Haden

NFL: DEC 21 Steelers at Bengals Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Position: Cornerback
Age: 32
Year: 12
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 175
Drafted: Round 1, Pick 7, 2010 (Browns)
College: Florida
Roster Outlook: Lock
Analysis:

Joe Haden has been a staple of the Pittsburgh Steelers for half a decade. His on field play, leadership, and off-field work have made him one of the most beloved players across the league. And while he may have lost a fraction of his foot speed he maintains his status as one of the best corners in football. The day Joe Haden is no longer a Pittsburgh Steeler this team will be instantly worse and I genuinely hope the Steelers are able to work out one more contract with them so he can retire as a member of the Steelers and hopefully as a Super Bowl Champion.


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