The Heroes and Villains of the Steelers' Season: 5 players saving the day, 5 causing mayhem

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Steelers third-worst performing player: the offensive tackles

The Steelers once again tried to revamp their offensive line this offseason with the addition of a new starting guard and a first-round pick invested in tackle Broderick Jones. Despite that investment, there was an open competition between incumbent Dan Moore and Jones for the starting left tackle job. It was a battle that Moore won in training camp.

The hope was to see some development out of Moore entering his third season, but that hasn’t been the case. While I do believe he has played better than PFF has graded him, he was still a liability at left tackle. Jones became the starter due to injury, and the results were significantly better against the Ravens.

While Moore has been poor, Chukwuma Okorafor hasn’t been much better. Despite being one of the highest-paid players on this line, he is inconsistent and below-average as a blocker. I think he and Moore have been extremely close in terms of quality of play, and neither has been particularly strong as starters.

While Jones will ideally lock down the left side of the line, Moore wasn’t the only issue on the line. Both tackles were below the standard you need in a starter, and they were core reasons this offense was as limited as it was. Left tackle will hopefully improve, but both tackles have been a mess so far this season.