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Patrick Queen Will Wear the Green Dot This Season

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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker at OTAs on May 28. -- Ed Thompson/ Steelers Now

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Patrick Queen is on a mission this season to prove he’s one of the best linebackers in the NFL. He has many doubters, especially in Baltimore who think he broke out the last two seasons only because of Roquan Smith’s presence.

“Every time you think about this game you want to be the best,” Queen said at OTAs on Thursday. “I want to be that guy. I want to be known.”

With the lucrative contract and high expectations, additional responsibilities will be on Queen’s plate this season. He revealed to Bo Marchionte of College2Pro.com that he’ll wear the green dot this year, which is something he’s never done before.

“In practice I might have it,” Queen said about wearing the green dot with the Ravens. “They wanted Chuck (Clark) to have my first three years because he was a veteran.”

Queen welcomes the challenge of wearing the green dot. It’s something that he doesn’t see as a drastic change, however.

“It’s really nothing. Everybody has got to make calls and communicate and talk to each other. Having that green dot is just getting that play out there,” he said.

Pittsburgh Steelers LB Patrick Queen

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Patrick Queen at OTAs, May 21, 2024 – Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

Queen is just trying to get acclimated with the playbook now, which he admits has been a little bit of a learning curve.

“Trying to pick up the defense,” Queen said. “It’s been a little rocky with the new terminology and all the stuff, but for the most part it’s been smooth sailing.”

Queen currently is the fifth-highest paid linebacker in the NFL on a per-year basis with an average of $13.6 million. The Steelers are hoping that he’ll fill the shoes of Ryan Shazier, who suffered a devastating career-ending spinal cord injury in December of 2017. The Steelers haven’t replaced his skill set yet nearly seven years later.

Queen could have made up to $17 million per year, but he told Derrick Bell of Steelers Now in an exclusive interview that he took less to sign with the Steelers because he wants to win right now.

Queen, 24, recorded over 100 tackles in his last two seasons with the Ravens. In 2023, he was named second-team All-Pro and earned his first Pro Bowl selection. Last season was a breakout year for Queen, racking up 133 tackles, nine tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, six quarterback hits, six passes defended, one interception and one forced fumble.

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