From zero to hero: Steelers best camp bodies of the 2010s

Antwon Blake Pittsburg Steelers (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Antwon Blake Pittsburg Steelers (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

Honorable mentions:

While the trio of L.J. Fort, Chris Hubbard, and Antwon Blake has a good claim as being one of the top camp bodies for the Steelers, they narrowly missed the list. Hubbard was the ultimate 6th lineman on offense, bouncing around between multiple backup spots before injures pushed him into the starting role in 2017. He performed well and earned a sizable contract with the Browns as a result.

Blake had an up and down career with the Steelers, but considering he was a castoff from the Jaguars, the fact he even cracked the starting lineup is important. He was a feisty and physical CB whose lack of natural coverage ability was supplemented by his hard-hitting nature. While a weak point in the secondary at times, he at least provided the Steelers with a capable starter after almost falling out of the league.

Finally, there’s Fort, and frankly, he should be higher on this list. After bouncing around the league early in his career, he found a home with the Steelers in 2015. While a special team’s demon early on, his play slowly earned him defensive snaps, and he became a valuable backup with the team. While his play was decent, the Steelers opted to sign and start free agent Sean Spence over Fort after Ryan Shazier was injured. A disastrous move, it likely aided in his decision to leave the Steelers after the 2018 season.