Who are the most valuable Steelers on the roster? Which players are the Steelers relying on to have a big 2017 season the most? Who would be the most devastating player to take away for a season? With camp approaching, we will rank the Steelers 90-man roster in order of importance. This edition will feature, players 30-21.
30. Arthur Moats
Moats has been with the Steelers for the past three seasons, starting in 24 games over that time. He has put up 11.5 of his 16 career sacks in Pittsburgh. Moats has served well as a rotational player and a special teamer.
29. Anthony Chickillo
Chickill may have finally passed Moats last season. He saw more special teams snaps and started in seven games. He only recorded 2.5 sacks but also forced two fumbles. Chickillo seems to be ascending as Moats is descending, and next season there may be an even bigger gap between the two.
28. Chris Hubbard
Hubbard has been with the team for the past three seasons. He has started four games over that span but has been a key addition to the offense. Last season, Hubbard played 325 snaps on offense. It was not just as a lineman filling in for an injured Marcus Gilbert, but as an extra blocking tight end on the line. Hubbard has experience on the team and a role in the offense. He is a piece to keep an eye on.
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27. Tyson Alualu
Alualu was signed this offseason from the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is going to find himself a needed role and should be able to see the field early and often. Stephon Tuitt and Cameron Heyward are two of the most overworked defensive lineman in the NFL. It already led to Heyward missing time with an injury. The team had to lighten the load and to add an experienced veteran to fill that role is a huge step up.
26. Robert Golden
Golden is the special team’s captain and started the season as the second safety. As Sean Davis moved into the starting safety role, Golden still saw the field in specific packages and a was an important element in the defense. His role may decrease a bit, but he is still needed on multiple units on the team.
25. Jesse James
James is going to have a pressure packed season. He is now forced into being the team’s top tight end for the second season, and he will have to take a step forward to prove himself. If he can take that step forward, he is a game changing piece over the middle.
24. Vince Williams
Williams, similar to James is taking a big step forward on the roster. He is moving from a reserve player and special teamer to a starting inside linebacker. He has fared well in his limited time, and if he can stretch his past play on defense over a full season he is going to be a great asset.
23. William Gay
Gay moved from the outside to the slot last season. It showed a huge improvement in the play of Gay, and will likely be his primary spot moving forward. However, the team did add a lot of youth in the slot recently, and Gay is not getting any younger. It may be his last season as a key starter on the defense.
22. Eli Rogers
Rogers won the slot job last season. He was a reliable target and kept teams honest over the middle. It will be interesting to see where he stands target wise with the addition of Martavis Bryant and the drafting of JuJu Smith-Schuster.
21. JuJu Smith-Schuster
Smith-Schuster is an extremely interesting prospect. He is high pedigree and was the youngest player in the draft. He is a strong blocker and can work over the middle of the field. Smith-Schuster may be able to pass Rogers in targets this season, but his ceiling is a lot higher than Rogers overall.