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Steelers OL Mason Cole Versatile, Confident in Ability to Play Anywhere



Mason Cole

PITTSBURGH — Mason Cole has played just about everywhere on the offensive line. At Michigan, he played at left tackle and then made a switch to center. In the NFL, he has played both guard spots, as well. Versatile offensive linemen are always in high demand, and Cole was rewarded with a three-year deal from the Steelers.

Even versatile linemen have their comfort spots, however. For Cole, he can play either guard spot, but the real home that he feels comfortable with is right in the middle of the offensive line calling the shots. Still, he is willing to do whatever is asked of him by the Steelers.

“Well, if I had a choice, I would pick center,” Cole said. “But as I said, I am confident at all three interior positions. Whatever the team needs me to do, that’s what I’m here to do.”

The Steelers brought in two capable guys who can play in Cole and James Daniels. Still, there is no clarity on who will actually be the starter at center. In addition, this could decide what ends up happening with Kendrick Green. While the Steelers are going to try to find stability on the interior of their offensive line, Cole can be a competent backup or starter at any of the positions.

His confidence is what he believes will allow him to thrive in Pittsburgh. With plenty of starting experience with the Cardinals and Vikings, he’s ready to be a bastion of stability.

“I’m coming to Year 5, so it’s coming to a point where I have to be that guy in the room,” Cole said. “If that’s what the room needs and the team needs, I’m here for that. I’ve seen mentors and guys show each other the way, if I can do that here, it would be a great honor.”

Cole is slated to make north of $5 million a year from his contract. With his versatility and veteran presence, he will likely be slated to contribute early and often to the Steelers’ offensive line.