Steelers snap counts: Players who have played too much and too little
The Steelers are more than a quarter of the way through the season. Here are players who have played too much and players who need to see the field more.
The Pittsburgh Steelers may be heading into their 6th game of the 2019 season against the Chargers this weekend, but they don’t have much to show for it. Pittsburgh is just 1-4 in their first five contests, and are on pace for their most disappointing season since before either Mike Tomlin or Ben Roethlisberger came to town.
While some players have rarely been taken off the field this season, there are others who need to see more opportunities in the future. Here are some players who have either played too much or too little so far for the Steelers:
Players with too many snaps:
Cornerback Steven Nelson has been a fantastic signing for the Steelers so far. It’s not that I don’t want him on the football field, it’s that he is starting to become too valuable to overwork him.
Nelson played a whopping 371 snaps for the Steelers through the first five games of the season before missing week 6 with a groin injury. This was good for nearly 100 percent of Pittsburgh’s defensive snaps over that span. Nelson is performing as the top cornerback on the team this year. It will be essential to keep him healthy, moving forward.