Fortunately, Steelers’ coaching camp is underway, which means actual soccer is upon us (hopefully).
As we creep nearer and nearer to the Sept. 14 opener in New York in opposition to the Giants, I transfer additional alongside in my Rating the Starters’ sequence.
In the present day, I take a crack at rating the starters No. 21-19. Bear in mind, we’re doing this in intervals of three.
Away we go.
2020 Rating the Starters’ record thus far:
No. 24 – Jordan Berry, P
No. 23 – Chukwuma Okorafor, RT
No. 22 – Terrell Edmunds, S
No. 21 – James Washington, WR
That is on no account, form or kind a diss in the direction of James Washington, who had a reasonably robust yr final yr, all issues thought-about. I feel this says extra about how deep the Steelers are greater than something.
Washington got here by means of in a giant approach final yr, serving because the Steelers’ big-play menace down the sector, tapping into that potential he’s flashed within the preseason. Washington averaged almost 17 yards a catch final yr and scored 3 times, giving the Steelers an actual, respectable menace as a No. three weapon shifting ahead.
Right here’s hoping he takes one other vital step ahead in 2020.
No. 20 – Vince Williams, LB
For as a lot as Steelers followers attempt to run off Vince Williams, he continues to provide at a constant stage yr after yr.
Williams is without doubt one of the finest blitzing off-ball linebackers the Steelers have ever had of their historical past (look it up; he’s within the high 5 all-time in sacks in franchise historical past for off-ball linebackers), performs the run very properly and has actually developed into a robust chief for the black and gold.
Whereas he’s nonetheless a little bit of a legal responsibility in protection, Williams is a robust piece for a Steelers protection trying to change Mark Barron in 2020.
No. 19 – Chris Boswell, Okay
Boswell was so, so good in 2019 that it made his disastrous 2018 season appear like a downright fluke.
For pretty much as good as he was final season although, it’s onerous to put an excessive amount of emphasis on a kicker on this record, contemplating he doesn’t see the sector a lot and shouldn’t be relied on that closely in case your offense is correct.
Make no mistake: I like Boswell and what he brings to the desk. I simply have a tough time inserting him any greater than this proper now.
2019 Rating the Starters 21-19:
No. 21 – Terrell Edmunds, S
No. 20 – Steven Nelson, CB
No. 19 – Matt Feiler, RT