The Pittsburgh Steelers have a relatively unproven offensive line. Hiring five-time Pro Bowler Trai Turner could help in that regard.
Turner visited Pittsburgh, which is one of the teams that needs the most offensive lines in free agency. The 27-year-old made five straight Pro Bowls from 2015-19, but was cut by the Chargers last March after a Carolina trade sent him to Los Angeles in first place. He has been trying to find a consistent home ever since.
The Steelers lost Maurkice Pouncey, Alejandro Villanueva and Matt Feiler this offseason. Pittsburgh, as it is currently built, will see many new starters in a year in which protecting its aging quarterback is of the utmost importance.
Kevin Doctson and David DeCastro currently hold the guard positions, which Turner also employs. So any movement would result in a position change for one of the three, or a battle on the training ground.
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The Steelers offensive line has deteriorated in recent years, and 2021 doesn’t look promising unless this unit is over-performing. Roethlisberger doesn’t have the mobility he once had, which means the Steelers could be stuck in a situation where their 39-year-old quarterback is getting sacked too often.
Considering how fragile Ben is at this stage in his career, every hit is just too much. This explains why the Steelers’ offense last year consisted mostly of screen passes and short crossing routes.
In order for Matt Canada’s systematic changes to really take place, the offensive line must perform in tandem. Adding a veteran like Turner can’t hurt in that matter.