4 reasons why B.J. Finney will be Steelers starting center
By Andrew Falce
Finney isn’t a bad player
While Finney was a huge disappointment for the Seahawks and Bengals last year, it wasn’t purely based on his talent. According to ESPN, the unique NFL year caused him to scale back his usual training regiment, and it ended up with him entering training camp overweight. He was beat out for the starting center role, benched, and later traded, and then cut at the end of the season. While it is concerning to hear those reports, he should realize this season that his chances will run out if he fails with the Steelers.
As well, it would be unfair to look past the solid play he had with the team before departing last season. Finney was the first man off the bench along the interior, and he looked talented in the 13 games he started for the Steelers during his time here. While never elite, the team had a lot of trust in him. All bets are off this time around but don’t be surprised when he enters camp in great shape and has positive reports coming out of camp.
Remember, he cried when he signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2015. This is his favorite team, and while 2020 was a setback for him, he has no more excuses this time. All of this is setting itself up for a great redemption story for Finney. Unless a center is taken in the first, don’t be surprised if Finney holds onto his starting role for longer than most expect.
While most fans wanted to see Finney return, many are already counting on him only serving as a reserve this season. While a rookie will be brought in, the team has a level of comfort with Finney. Assuming he comes into camp in good shape and ready to play, the job may be his for the taking. Don’t be surprised if Finney is the week one starter and holds onto the role longer than most expect right now.