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Pittsburgh Steelers 2021 Exit Interviews: Christian Kuntz and Pressley Harvin III

The Steelers replaced two-thirds of their specialists in 2021.

NFL: JAN 09 Steelers at Ravens Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers 2021 NFL season has come to a close. Because the Steelers are among the 31 teams who did not finish fulfilling their ultimate goal, they are in the process of wrapping up their season and moving forward into 2022.

Since the Steelers conduct exit interviews with all their players, we here at BTSC thought we would do the same. By outlining two players each day, we will be able to look at their season in retrospect as well as looking toward the future. Since Coach Tomlin stated he starts his interviews with rookies, first year players, and those heading into free agency, we will do the same. To start, we will pair a potential free agent with a first-year player as we work through this process to eventually cover the entire Steelers roster.

Next up is long snapper Christian Kuntz and punter Pressley Harvin.


Christian Kuntz

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Position: Long snapper
Years with the Steelers: 1
Years in the NFL: 1
Contract Status: Newly signed 1-year deal (was set to be an exclusive rights free agent)
Contract Details: $825,000 salary cap hit for 2022. Would cost the Steelers nothing in dead money if released.
Games played in 2021: 17 regular season, 1 postseason
Games started in 2021: None
Snaps (regular season): 148 (special teams)
PFF score: 53.6 (no position ranking)
Notable stats (regular season): Kuntz had two special teams tackles.

Notes: Kuntz did exactly what you want from a long snapper in the NFL this season— he was rarely mentioned because the snaps were never in question, and he wasn’t called for any penalties. Adding in his ability to cover kicks as a former linebacker, there is no question that he should hold the position for the Steelers going forward.


Pressley Harvin III

NFL: AFC Wild Card Playoffs-Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Position: Punter
Years with the Steelers: 1
Years in the NFL: 1
Contract Status: Signed through 2024
Contract Details: $845,183 salary cap hit for 2022. Would cost the Steelers $60,549 in dead money if released.
Games played in 2021: 15 regular season, 1 postseason
Games started in 2021: None
Snaps (regular season): 134 (special teams)
PFF score: 54.4 (no ranking available)
Notable stats (regular season): Harvin had 70 punts for 2,982 yards with a 42.6 average and a long of 64 yards.

Notes: Harvin had a rough rookie season where consistency was definitely an issue. With the loss of his father and grandmother within a two week period, it’s was tough first year. If there’s any encouragement moving forward, Harvin had an excellent game in the playoffs to build on for next season. But the Steelers will likely continue to keep another punter on the roster in training camp for some competition.


So what do you think? How would you conduct Kuntz’s and Harvin’s exit interview? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Make sure you check back each day for another set of exit interviews. If you have missed any of the previous articles, they are listed here:

Ben Roethlisberger & Najee Harris
Eric Ebron & Pat Freiermuth
Trai Turner & Kendrick Green
Chuks Okorafor & Dan Moore Jr.
Robert Spillane & Buddy Johnson
Montravius Adams & Isaiahh Loudermilk
Joe Haden & Tre Norwood