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Steelers Redskins Offensive Line Breakdown & Blocking Report


While the Steelers did not perform well as a team Friday night against the Redskins, the offensive line was not awful as a whole. There were some bright spots in the blocking game. Below is the offensive line breakdown and blocking report of the wide receivers, tight ends and running backs.

The big concern heading in was the play of left tackle Jonathan Scott and the return of Willie Colon. Both only saw 12 plays worth of action and both were pretty much flawless in both the running game and the passing game. Colon was damn near dominate and shows no ill effects of his Achilles injury.

Chris Scott got the start at right guard and did not fair so well in his first NFL start as he allowed 1 sack and 1 pressure by my count. He seemed to struggle mostly in pass protection and handling both the blitz and twist. He looked confused as to who he was supposed to block at times in these situations. The Steelers let him get plenty of playing time as he was in on 29 of the snaps. Doug Legursky started at left guard for a series and moved to center for two more. He allowed a pressure on the second play of the game, but was fine in pass protection after that. His other 3 misfires came on running plays.

Maurkice Pouncey did not look comfortable with Scott next to him and his two pressures allowed might have been because of miscommunication with Scott. He looked like he moved fine on that ankle though and I have no worries about him.

Ramon Foster received 21 snaps at left guard after Legursky moved to center and played very well there. He only allowed a pressure on his 3rd series and looked like he was fighting for a job. Tony Hills was a pleasant surprise Friday night as he played both left tackle and right guard. He did however give up a pressure at each spot. We will see if this improvement continues against better competition. Rookie Marcus Gilbert fared alright at left tackle, but the level of talent he was going against might be the reason why. I have him down for 1 pressure and the Steelers only ran 4 times when he was in the game.

3rd string center John Malecki played well against the level of competition he faced and rookie Keith Williams looked confused at times on a few twist and blitz. He allowed 2 deep pressures and 1 quarterback hit on the night.

Tight end wise I thought John Gilmore played well in his first game in black and gold while David Johnson seemed to be off tonight. Rookie Weslye Saunders has a long way to go, especially when he is lined up as an h-back.

The wide receivers blocked well when asked to. Antonio Brown and Tyler Grisham both had good blocks on the touchdown run of Isaac Redman. As far as the running backs go, I thought they chipped and helped with pickup when needed. Even Jonathan Dwyer looked like he had a better grasp of his assignments and I saw more effort out of him than I ever have. He still is a little timid, but the effort and recognition was there tonight.

LINEMEN
POS PLAYER PLAYS GOOD BAD % PRS HIT SACK
LT Jonathan Scott 12 12 0 100% 0 0 0
RT Willie Colon 12 12 0 100% 0 0 0
LG Ramon Foster 21 20 1 95% 1 0 0
LT Marcus Gilbert 20 19 1 95% 1 0 0
LT/RG Tony Hills 26 24 2 92% 2 0 0
C John Malecki 23 19 4 83% 1 0 0
RG Nevin McCaskill 11 9 2 82% 0 2 0
LG/C Doug Legursky 19 15 4 79% 1 0 0
LG Keith Williams 23 18 5 78% 2 1 0
RG Chris Scott 29 22 7 76% 1 0 1
C Maurkice Pouncey 12 9 3 75% 2 0 0
RT Kyle Jolly 26 19 7 73% 1 0 0
RT Trevis Turner 11 5 6 45% 1 0 0
TIGHT ENDS
POS PLAYER PLAYS GOOD BAD % PRS HIT SACK
TE Heath Miller 2 2 0 100% 0 0 0
TE John Gilmore 13 11 2 85% 1 0 0
TE/HB Jamie McCoy 4 3 1 75% 0 0 0
TE/HB David Johnson 13 9 4 69% 0 0 0
TE/HB Weslye Saunders 9 5 4 56% 0 0 1
WIDE RECEIVERS
POS PLAYER PLAYS GOOD BAD % PRS HIT SACK
WR Antonio Brown 2 2 0 100% 0 0 0
WR Wes Lyons 1 1 0 100% 0 0 0
WR Mike Wallace 2 2 0 100% 0 0 0
WR Arnaz Battle 8 7 1 88% 0 0 0
WR Tyler Grisham 4 3 1 75% 0 0 0
WR Terrence McCrae 1 0 1 0% 0 0 0
RUNNING BACKS
POS PLAYER PLAYS GOOD BAD % PRS HIT SACK
RB Rashard Mendenhall 1 1 0 100% 0 0 0
RB Jonathan Dwyer 5 5 0 100% 0 0 0
RB Mewelde Moore 2 2 0 100% 0 0 0
RB Isaac Redman 3 3 0 100% 0 0 0
RB John Clay 1 1 0 100% 0 0 0
RB James Johnson 1 0 1 0% 0 0 0

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  • Thomas

    If Battle had 3 drops (from last recap, corect me if I’m wrong) shoudlnt’ he have atleast 3 bad plays? overall great report, I like the chart system overall, specially for the lineman.

  • Steve Duncan

    I was forced to watch what I could of the game on an online stream, but I was reading an article on ESPN, and they said that Colon was the only O-lineman that looked any good at all. None of the ones I saw looked good.

    As far as Saunders, I wouldn’t expect him to look good at H-Back, from what I know of him, he is a pure pass catching TE that needs to work on his blocking, and played inline at USC.

  • SteelersDepot

    blocking report

  • Thomas

    I guess I should have known that, If you had an overall +/- plays chart what’d it look like? :P . As you said in your podcast, Battle cant be dropping anything. think another 3 drops next game takes him off the roster for good?

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