Matt Feiler thinks Steelers RT job is “up for grabs”

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The Steelers traded Marcus Gilbert to the Cardinals this offseason in a move that seemed to clear the way for Matt Feiler to take over as the team’s right tackle.

Feiler started 10 games in place of an injured Gilbert last season and took most of the first team snaps in the offseason program after re-signing with the Steelers in March, but he’s not counting any chickens before they hatch. He said he’s “not by any means the starter” as the team heads toward training camp.

“It’s up for grabs,” Feiler said, via the team’s website. “It’s going to be a tough battle.”

The chief competition for the starting job would likely be Chukwuma Okorafor, who started one game after being drafted in the third round. It remains to be seen just how things will play out, but, despite his protestations, it does seem like it will be Feiler’s job to lose this summer.

7 responses to “Matt Feiler thinks Steelers RT job is “up for grabs”

  1. tinytoolalldrool
    “He was one of the many reasons Pittsburgh went 3-5 down the stretch and did not make the playoffs.”

    That’s not true at all! Rothlesberger did not throw for over 5,000 yards last season, without having a clean pocket. Stupid comment. I watched every Steeler game, and you have no idea what you are talking about. The Steelers did quite a job, considering the media circus surrounding both “Bell” and “Brown.” Now that those distractions are gone, I see this team refocusing and dominating. I especially like the depth of the running game (Conner, Samuels, and Snell). Steelers have always been among the best at finding replacement wide receivers. Really like the addition of Moncrief, and the Steelers seem to really believe they have something in 2nd year receiver Washington. Now that Brown is gone, it will provide an opportunity for someone new to step up.

    I am really optimistic about this group of Steelers. Loved the #10 pick in the draft (LB Bush), and believe this will be a formidable group when it all comes together.

  2. That right tackle position is just one of many holes that defenses will plow through untouched when they turn this low morale, sub-talent team into a black and yellow pancake.

  3. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:

    July 8, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    That right tackle position is just one of many holes that defenses will plow through untouched when they turn this low morale, sub-talent team into a black and yellow pancake.
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    I will provide “facts” rather than conjecture. The Steelers ranked “4th” in 2018 with the FEWEST sacks allowed (1.5 sacks allowed per game) in 2018. This also matches their totals for 2017. Perhaps you should do a little research before speaking.

  4. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says (without thinking)

    ……………………………………………………………………….
    A final note is that (again) the Steelers ranked #4 in the NFL for 2018 with the fewest sacks allowed per game, at 1.5.

    What makes this even more incredible is that the Steelers ranked #2 in Passing Offense in the NFL for 2018, with over 5000 yards of passing, and a 66.6% completion percentage.

    Combine all of this together, and the statistics make it very clear that Offensive Line protection is NOT a problem for the Pittsburgh Steelers; who pass often, with a high completion percentage, lots of passing yards per game, and with very few sacks to Big Ben while doing so. The Steelers are not without deficiencies needing to be addressed; but offensive line is not one of them.

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