4 Steelers on the team’s naughty list this holiday season

Chase Claypool #11 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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Kendrick Green #53 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /

Steelers Kendrick Green

There was a lot of intrigue when the Steelers selected Kendrick Green in the third round of the draft. He was a nasty, physical, and athletic run blocker in college, and with the center job wide open in the offseason, it looked like Green was hand-picked to take over. Unfortunately, he has flashed a lot more bad than good and his long-term future with the team doesn’t look great to this point.

By all accounts, Green was a developmental prospect coming out of Illinois. He was primarily a guard in college and his technique as a blocker, in general, was questionable. Those issues have made themselves known this season, as Green has constantly been bullied along the interior of the line. He has easily been the weakest link on an offensive line that hasn’t been particularly good this year.

Worse yet, his snapping mechanics have seemingly regressed as the season has gone on. Green is consistently snapping the ball too high which is leading to bad starts on offensive drives. Add all of this together and it has been a bad year for Green. He has been one of the teams’ worst rookies so far this year. He has been a huge step back at center this season.