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Jan 2019


Steelers try-out CFL tackle in search for depth at the position

Behind the Steel Curtain

The Steelers have been bringing in a number of players for try-outs, and even went north of the border to bring in prospects.

The Pittsburgh Steelers haven’t filled out their 90-man roster yet, and they likely won’t for some time, but they are constantly searching to fill out the inflated roster with talent from anywhere — literally, anywhere.

Pittsburgh has added defensive tackles, linebackers, wide receivers and tight ends, and their latest try-out was for an offensive tackle. While this talent from north of the border, and the CFL, reportedly didn’t get signed, it shows the Steelers are leaving no stone unturned.

While Ryker Mathews, tackle of the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, was unable to impress the coaching staff enough to make a spot for himself on an NFL offseason roster, the fact the team is bringing in tackles is noteworthy.

The Steelers’ current tackle situation looks like this:

Marcus Gilbert
Alejandro Villanueva
Matt Feiler
Chuks Okorafor
Jerald Hawkins

While Gilbert has missed more games than he has played in the past two seasons, the rest of the group, outside of Villanueva, are anything but proven. Feiler, like Chris Hubbard before him, filled in admirably in Gilbert’s stead, and while Okorafor played well in his lone start of the season, no one truly knows if he will pan out into the starting tackle many predict.

If there is one aspect of this process every fan should trust, it is how Mike Munchak will know how to pick talent, and also know how to mold it. The team should add depth at the position, and fans everywhere should trust the depth chosen, because Munchak and company have given the fan base zero reasons to think otherwise.

In the meantime, be sure to stay tuned in to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers as the offseason rages on.

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