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2018 Steelers Roster Review

January 14th, 2019

This is our 412 post! 


5 Joshua Dobbs QB 23 6′ 3″ 216 lbs 2 Did a nice job when called upon
7 Ben Roethlisberger QB 36 6′ 5″ 240 lbs 15 Had an outstanding season
2 Mason Rudolph QB 23 6′ 5″ 235 lbs R Didn’t see the field
30 James Conner RB 23 6′ 1″ 233 lbs 2 Did an outstanding job before injury
33 Trey Edmunds RB 24 6′ 2″ 223 lbs 2 Never saw action
22 Stevan Ridley RB 29 5′ 11″ 220 lbs 6 Was an unreliable disappointment
38 Jaylen Samuels RB 22 6′ 0″ 225 lbs R Did a very job and looks like another weapon
45 Roosevelt Nix FB 26 5′ 11″ 248 lbs 4 Old School Fullback
84 Antonio Brown WR 30 5′ 10″ 181 lbs 9 Great season marred by week 17 meltdown
88 Darrius Heyward-Bey WR 31 6′ 2″ 210 lbs 10 Special teams ace
11 Justin Hunter WR 27 6′ 4″ 203 lbs 6 Never made an impact and will be gone
17 Eli Rogers WR 26 5′ 10″ 187 lbs 4 Looked good when he returned
19 JuJu Smith-Schuster WR 22 6′ 1″ 215 lbs 2 Had a tremendous year
10 Ryan Switzer WR 24 5′ 8″ 185 lbs 2 Nice pickup who contributed
13 James Washington WR 22 5′ 11″ 213 lbs R The potential is there
85 Xavier Grimble TE 26 6′ 4″ 261 lbs 3 Will be remembered for the play he didn’t make
81 Jesse James TE 24 6′ 7″ 261 lbs 4 Very nice combo with Vance
89 Vance McDonald TE 28 6′ 4″ 267 lbs 6 Finally started to breakout
80 Jake McGee TE 27 6′ 5″ 250 lbs 1 Not a factor
67 B.J. Finney C 27 6′ 4″ 318 lbs 3 Reliable backup
53 Maurkice Pouncey C 29 6′ 4″ 304 lbs 9 The best Center in football
66 David DeCastro G 28 6′ 5″ 316 lbs 7 The best Guard in football
73 Ramon Foster G 33 6′ 5″ 328 lbs 10 Solid veteran presence
72 Zach Banner OT 25 6′ 8″ 360 lbs 2 Never called upon
0 Joseph Cheek OT 26 6′ 7″ 311 lbs 1 I have no idea who this is
71 Matt Feiler OT 26 6′ 6″ 330 lbs 2 Breakthrough season and will start in 2019
77 Marcus Gilbert OT 30 6′ 6″ 330 lbs 8 The sun is setting on his time in the Burgh
65 Jerald Hawkins OT 25 6′ 6″ 305 lbs 3 Never called upon
76 Chukwuma Okorafor OT 21 6′ 6″ 320 lbs R Nice upside prospect
78 Alejandro Villanueva OT 30 6′ 9″ 320 lbs 4 Had another great season
NO Name POS Age HT WT Exp Comment
79 Javon Hargrave NT 25 6′ 2″ 305 lbs 3 His best season yet
94 Tyson Alualu DE 31 6′ 3″ 304 lbs 9 Very capable contributor
91 Stephon Tuitt DE 25 6′ 6″ 303 lbs 5 Very solid season
96 L.T. Walton DE 26 6′ 5″ 305 lbs 4 Didn’t see many snaps
97 Cameron Heyward DT 29 6′ 5″ 295 lbs 8 Another great year
93 Dan McCullers DT 26 6′ 7″ 352 lbs 5 Saw more snaps and still not there
92 Olasunkanmi Adeniyi LB 21 6′ 1″ 248 lbs R Interesting pass rush prospect
51 Jon Bostic LB 27 6′ 1″ 245 lbs 6 Badly miscast and was exposed
56 Anthony Chickillo LB 26 6′ 3″ 255 lbs 4 Good special teamer, capable backup
48 Bud Dupree LB 25 6′ 4″ 269 lbs 4 Respectable season but not a superstar yet
54 L.J. Fort LB 29 6′ 0″ 232 lbs 4 Did a nice job but better suited as a backup
55 Keith Kelsey LB 23 6′ 0″ 233 lbs 1 No idea who this is
44 Tyler Matakevich LB 26 6′ 1″ 235 lbs 3 A solid special teamer
50 Ryan Shazier LB 26 6′ 1″ 230 lbs 5 His impact is missed every game
90 T.J. Watt LB 24 6′ 4″ 252 lbs 2 A break out season
98 Vince Williams LB 29 6′ 1″ 233 lbs 6 Looks a little lost without 50
29 Brian Allen CB 25 6′ 3″ 215 lbs 2 Interesting prospect
25 Artie Burns CB 23 6′ 0″ 197 lbs 3 Took a major step back in 2018
23 Joe Haden CB 29 5′ 11″ 195 lbs 9 The lone secondary bright spot
28 Mike Hilton CB 24 5′ 9″ 184 lbs 2 Took a step back in 18
38 Trey Johnson CB 24 5′ 11″ 170 lbs R Not a factor
24 Coty Sensabaugh CB 30 5′ 11″ 187 lbs 7 Was exposed when he played
20 Cameron Sutton CB 23 5′ 11″ 188 lbs 2 Never made the impact expected
27 Marcus Allen S 22 6′ 2″ 215 lbs R Not a factor
31 Nat Berhe S 27 5′ 11″ 195 lbs 5 Not a factor
42 Morgan Burnett S 29 6′ 1″ 209 lbs 9 Started playing better in the end
37 Jordan Dangerfield S 28 5′ 11″ 199 lbs 2 Respectable job
21 Sean Davis S 25 6′ 1″ 202 lbs 3 Good bounce back year
34 Terrell Edmunds S 21 6′ 1″ 217 lbs R Very nice Rookie Campaign
39 Malik Golden S 25 6′ 0″ 205 lbs 1 Not a factor
Special Teams
NO Name POS Age HT WT Exp Comment
9 Chris Boswell PK 27 6′ 2″ 185 lbs 4 Hard not to feel he cost the playoffs
3 Matt McCrane PK 24 5′ 10″ 165 lbs R Played well in his only game
4 Jordan Berry P 27 6′ 5″ 195 lbs 4 Workman like season
57 Kameron Canaday LS 26 6′ 4″ 245 lbs 2 Did his job well


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2018 Steelers Report Card

January 7th, 2019

This is much earlier than I anticipated but here is the Beer We Go Steelers 2018 Report Card. Coach Tomlin always says, “The Standard is the Standard!” This season was a tremendous disappointment by any standard marked by too much controversary and complete under achievement.

Despite a tremendous cast of talent, the Steelers missed the playoffs for the first time in five years. The season also ended in bitter fashion with the Antonio Brown controversary.


Coaching: C-, The Steelers finished at 9-6-1 and were inconsistent the whole year. It was a roller coaster ride all year long with terrible low spots and outstanding high spots. Mike Tomlin is getting crushed in the media for the end. He never gets the credit he deserves when they win and consistently takes the blame when they lose. There were several distractions and too many mistakes and that starts at the top.

Keith Butler’s, defense was inconsistent all season. They blew FIVE fourth quarter leads and surrendered a 16-point lead against the Chargers, the worst collapse in Steelers history. They blew a 14-point lead to the Browns in the fourth quarter that mercifully ended in a tie, they blew a lead to the awful Raiders. The Turnovers were non-existent, and the pass rush was spotty and inconsistent. Joey Porter was the first casualty of the purge.

Randy Fichtner offense was up and down all season. They looked brilliant at times but in a theme that was consistent with the entire season…they made too many mistakes. Costly turnovers were the difference this season. Fumbles at key times and costly interceptions doomed the team.

Danny Smith’s special teams also were lousy, highlighted by the horrible play of Chris Boswell. Boswell was the worst kicker in the NFL coming off a Pro Bowl season. His problems looked mental and he missed several key kicks and extra points. The return game was a disaster and went several weeks getting flagged on nearly every return. The good news, the Steelers threw a touchdown on special teams and blocked two field goals and two punts.

In another common theme, is it possible NOT to lose to an under .500 team on the road during a season? The Steelers lost to the awful Raiders which all but cost them the division and lost to the Broncos who were horrible. Not to mention a tie to the Browns. This is the worst mark against Mike Tomlin and his team.

QB: A, Big Ben had a great year again. He passed for a mind boggling 5000+ yards and over 30 touchdowns. He had a very good season and did a great job leading the Steelers back in several games. He consistently gives the Steelers a chance to win the game. Joshua Dobbs took a step forward.

RB: A-, Did anyone’s contract situation ever go worst than Le’Veon Bell. The offense never really missed until injuries reared their head. James Conner had a HUGE year and was on track to be the best running back in the NFL. When he was injured, Jaylen Samuels did a great job, including pasting the Patriots. Stevan Ridley, was a disappointment and made key mistakes. Roosevelt Nix played a key role on special teams (His fake punt faux pas not withstanding) and plays a great old school fullback.

WR: A+, This is the best receiving core in the NFL. The Steelers had two 1000 yards and 100 catch receivers, Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster. AB and his crazy behavior not withstanding is an absolute force and one of the best players in Steelers history. His problems are all off the field and he was a distraction at times. JuJu Smith-Schuster had a huge season and continues to emerge as a superstar. James Washington took time to develop but looks like he will be a star. Ryan Switzer was an unsung hero and did what was needed. Eli Rogers did a nice job when he returned.

TE: B, Vance McDonald finally showed what the Steelers were waiting for. He played great and had the highlight of the season in Tampa! Jesse James contributed nicely and together they had over 1000 yards between them. Xavier Grimble contributed when called upon and is a solid blocker, but his fumble in Denver was a key lowlight of the season.

OL: A, The Offensive Line is outstanding and one of the best in football. The protection was excellent, giving up only 24 sacks and the running lanes were consistent if unspectacular. Alejandro Villanueva built on his success from the previous season and absolutely dominated in some games. Maurkice Pouncey and Dave DeCastro both played at a high level and the old pro Ramon Foster did well. Matt Feiler did a terrific job filling in for an injured Marcus Gilbert and looks like he will be a mainstay.

DL: B, Cameron “Steelhead” Heyward, anchored a line that played well. Heyward had eight sacks and played at an All-Pro level. Stephon Tuitt had five and a half sacks stayed healthy and anchored the line. Javon Hargrave had a great bounce back year and had seven sacks. Tyson Alualu did well when called upon and played well. Mt. McCullers made some strides but is still not a huge factor. This is now the strength of the defense.

LB: C-, A very inconsistent season for the linebackers again, the usual strength of the Steelers defense. There is no way to compensate for the loss of Ryan Shazier and the Steelers never did anything to find someone for the spot. L.J. Fort was the closest thing, but he is not Shazier. Jon Bostic was badly miscast in the middle and Vince Williams played well but was a liability in coverage. T.J. Watt had a MONSTER year and looks like he finally will break the curse of OLB first round picks. Bud Dupree was inconsistent and while he is serviceable seems to be a disappointment. Anthony Chickillo is a high motor tough player.

DB: C-, The Steelers secondary was inconsistent. Joe Haden played well and did a great job. Terrell Edmunds played the most snaps of any rookie and had a good rookie season. Artie Burns was a disaster and his lack of development really hurt the Steelers. Sean Davis had a good bounce back year. Coty Sensabaugh was serviceable but isn’t the answer. Morgan Burnett came on strong after a slow start. This unit needs a serious makeover in 2019.

Special Teams: D+, Chris Boswell, AKA “Little Bos” was awful and his touchdown pass was his only highlight. His kicking can be the attributed to the reason the Steelers didn’t make the playoffs. Jordan Berry did well overall. Kameron Canaday was a non-factor which of course is a good thing. The return teams were a non-factor despite having Ryan Switzer. Penalties plagued this unit!

One more thought…the officiating was terrible this year.


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