Connect with us

Steelers

First and 10: What Larry Ogunjobi Signing Means for Steelers DL

Published

on

Larry Ogunjobi

The signing of Larry Ogunjobi by the Steelers on Tuesday shored up their defensive line for the 2022 season. The Steelers will put Ogunjobi with Tyson Alualu and Cam Heyward to create the familiar three-man front in the team’s base defense.

It’s not yet clear what will happen in sub packages, when one defensive lineman comes off the field. The Steelers spend the plurality of their time in such defenses, and as much really only have two starters at defensive line.

So other than a boost to the little-used base defense, what does signing Ogunjobi provide the Steelers defensive line? An insurance policy.

When the Steelers defensive line fell apart in 2021, it wasn’t just because Stephon Tuitt wasn’t there. There was also the injury to Alualu that caused him to miss most of the season.

Early at OTAs, Alualu went down in a drill and grabbed his knee. The sideline fell silent. Alualu turned out to be fine. But with only two proven starters, the Steelers were going to have to cross their fingers and hope that the 35-year-old Alualu and 33-year-old Heyward stayed healthy throughout the 2022 season.

With Ogunjobi, they have the depth to absorb an injury and not have to hold their collective breath every time a defensive lineman hits the deck.

FanDuel Sportsbook

States: NY, PA, NJ, IA, IL, CO, IN, TN, VA, WV, MI, AZ

GET THE APP
GET YOUR FIRST BET RISK FREEBET NOW

STEELERS HEADLINES

🏈 Mike Tomlin on Antonio Brown Return: ‘That Ain’t Happening’, Nick Farabaugh

🏈 Mike Tomlin Details Relationship with Brian Flores, Chris Carter

🏈 Steelers Continue Building Defense with Larry Ogunjobi Signing, Farabaugh

🏈 Chase Claypool Says He Was Close to Helping Dwayne Haskins Before His Death, Alan Saunders

🏈 Rób Gronkowski Announces Retirement from NFLSaunders

🏈 Browns QB Deshaun Watson to Settle 20 of 24 Civil Sexual Misconduct LawsuitsSaunders

🏈 Steelers All 90: DB Tre Norwood, RB Najee Harris Saunders

FanDuel Sportsbook

States: NY, PA, NJ, IA, IL, CO, IN, TN, VA, WV, MI, AZ

GET THE APP
GET YOUR FIRST BET RISK FREEBET NOW

TODAY’S STEELERS SCHEDULE

The team still has one unsigned pick remaining from the 2022 NFL Draft: QB Kenny Pickett. Austin Bechtold

The Best Steelers Coverage in Your Email

All you have to do is enter your email to get all of the best breaking news, analysis and insights on the Pittsburgh Steelers from Chris Carter, Nick Farabaugh, Alan Saunders and the Steelers Now team sent directly to your inbox.

PITTSBURGH SPORTS LIVE

LOCKED ON STEELERS

AROUND THE NETWORK

Pitt’s Will Jeffress, Nate Santos to Play for USA East Coast Collegiate Team

 4 Pens Trade Possibilities if Evgeni Malkin Doesn’t Sign

 WVU Players React to Special Backyard Brawn Uniform

Tyriq Blanding Talks Penn State Commitment

 Third Inning, Young Bucs Power Pirates Past Cubs, 7-1

Steelers Now in Your Mailbox!

Enter your email address to subscribe and get notifications of new posts in your mailbox.

Copyright © 2021 Pittsburgh Sports Now / Steelers Now. In no way affiliated with or endorsed by the Pittsburgh Steelers or NFL.

Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER (PA/IL) or 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN only) or 1-800-BETS-OFF (IA only) or 1-800-522-4700 (CO Only) or TN REDLINE: 800-889-9789.

Steelers Now in your Inbox

Sign up and get all of our posts sent directly to your inbox!

Thank you!

Oops!