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Saunders: Don’t Count on Steelers Solving Offensive Line Issues (+)



Steelers Offensive Line

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers made a move to improve their offensive line situation on Tuesday, acquiring veteran guard/tackle Jesse Davis on Tuesday.

The fact that it can properly be characterized as a move to improve their line should be terrifying.

Davis spent five years as a regular starter in Miami, bouncing from tackle to guard and back, which isn’t usually a good sign. Neither is his PFF grade, which rose above 60 for a full season just once in five years. Last year, he was rated as 52.5 overall, which was the 288th-best offensive lineman in the NFL. Then there’s the asking price — a conditional 2025 seventh-round pick is essentially the least-valuable asset that can possibly be traded.

So, don’t expect Davis to be a difference-maker compared to an average NFL offensive lineman. He certainly could help the depth of a unit that had Trent Scott working with the first team last week after a pair of absences. But that should be all that is hoped for.

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