The Pittsburgh Steelers’ biggest strength had long been its elite offensive front. But heading into 2021, that’s no longer the case.
According to reports from Steelers insider Jim Colony on 93.7 The Fan, the Pittsburgh organization is less than excited about this year’s offensive line.
“I haven’t talked to one person around the team that thinks their offensive line will be okay,” Colony said, per CBS Sports’ Andrew Fillipponi.
— Andrew Fillipponi (@ThePoniExpress) August 30, 2021
The Steelers have just one starter from the 2020 offensive line unit returning in 2021: fourth-year Chukwuma Okorafor, who’s switching from right to left tackle. Pittsburgh lost star left tackle Alejandro Villanueva and left guard Matt Feiler in free agency, longtime center Maurkice Pouncey to retirement and released right guard David DeCastro with injury.
The current projected starting lineup goes as follows: Okorafor at left tackle, second-year pro Kevin Dotson at left guard, second-year pro J.C. Hassenauer at center, five-time Pro Bowler Trai Turner at right guard and fourth-year pro Zach Banner at right tackle.
Aside from Turner, this starting offensive line unit has a combined 29 NFL starts. The Steelers landed Turner as a much-needed veteran presence earlier this summer.
According a list released by ProFootballFocus earlier this offseason (before the signing of Turner), the Steelers were ranked as the No. 31 offensive line in the league, ahead of only the New York Giants.
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