5 Steelers that I hope prove me wrong during the 2021 season
By Andrew Falce
Steelers Kendrick Green
I can’t quite place my finger on it, but the more I’ve looked into Kendrick Green, the more I’m disappointed that the team didn’t draft a center in the first or second rounds of the draft. While Green has the long-term ability to be a good center once he develops, the Steelers need a center who can start now. Despite being a good run blocker and a great athlete, Green’s length and pass blocking make me question if he can be an effective starter in 2021.
That doesn’t mean I don’t think he will win the center job out of camp though. As of now, he seems to be in the driver’s seat, but that isn’t as much due to his play as it is the play of the other options. J.C Hassenauer and B.J. Finney. Hassenauer has looked as advertised (an average to slightly below average backup) and Finney has struggled to make an impact at both center and guard. Green has arguably been the best of the three, but he had a relatively low bar to cross to get to that point.
While Green may start for the majority of the season, as of now it appears as though that starting role is being given to him as the other options are that much worse. This could lead to some mediocre play and even more questions heading into next year at center. I hope I’m wrong here, as I would love nothing more than for Green to dominate as a rookie similar to how Kevin Dotson did when he played last year. As of now though, I think he could easily be labeled the worst starter on this line by year’s end.