Steelers grade for Cole Holcomb
Unfortunately, this grade will likely have to remain this way for the rest of the year, as Cole Holcomb is likely to be lost for the remainder of the season following a freak injury. While some have attributed this to him being “injury-prone”, getting kicked in the leg on a play by your teammate and seemingly snapping your leg isn’t something you can avoid easily.
On the bright side, this looked like a good addition to the team before the injury, as Holcomb was a steady presence on defense. Perhaps it was due to the lackluster play at the position before, but Holcomb was a breath of fresh air. He communicated well and played the run efficiently. Not a great coverage option, he at least held his own.
Like Roberts, Holcomb does get slightly dinged due to his contract, as I believe he is overpaid. T.J. Edwards received a similar contract from the Bears and has been a force once again. That said, this isn’t the end of the world, and having a stable linebacker is worth the slight overpay.
Holcomb was a better-than-expected addition to this roster before his injury. While he may be slightly expensive given his talent, he has been a stabilizing force in the linebacker room. It will be nice to have a consistent and stable face there even if he is recovering from an injury for the rest of this year.