Steelers Pouncey Is #83 in NFL Network’s Top 100
Steeler Center Maurkice Pouncey is ranked number 83 out of 100 in the NFL Network’s latest ranking. The list is only from 80 to 100 so far, in counting back from 100.
Pouncey is the only center on the list so far and Steeler Nation has not doubt of his worth to the team. Having a healthy Pouncey made a huge difference in 2014.
Sometimes it can be hard to rank centers among other linesmen but with Pouncey, one of the features that really makes him stand out is how he matured off the field as well.
I’ve been pretty vocal this year that I thought Maurkice Pouncey had done well to stay away from situations that would cast him in a bad light.
He’s become a leader in the locker room too. According to Teresa Varley of Steelers.com:
"Pouncey is not just one of the best centers in the game, he is one of the best offensive linemen playing today and is a leader both on and off the field.”"
You can throw that line around, but I think in Pouncey’s case they aren’t empty words. The Steelers know his worth. Last year he signed a five-year $44M extension, according to ESPN.com, which made him the highest paid center in the NFL at the time.
His ability to snap the ball accurately and protect Big Ben is a key factor in the offensive success. He has also been a big factor to getting the running game back on track.
According to the NFL Network, Pouncey is a great teammate, but you hate being on the other side:
I love that the offensive line is getting some love and Pouncey has earned it. I think he’s worth the extension too. Last year was his first full season in a while and I hope that was a trend.
The injury rate on the offensive line can really stack up, but last year the team saw fewer o-line injuries than in the previous few years.
Perhaps part of last year’s success for the entire o-line and low injury rate can be attributed to Mike Munchak. Hopefully that will continue, but that just can’t be predicted.
Either way, Maurkice Pouncey deserves the accolade. I can’t wait to see him on the field again.
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