New Steelers LB Arthur Moats Could Be A Special Player In 2014

While the signing of former Buffalo Bills linebacker Arthur Moats should provide much needed depth for the Pittsburgh Steelers on defense in 2014, the addition of the former sixth-round draft pick probably has special teams coach Danny Smith excited as well.

Moats logged 176 snaps (34.7%) last season for the Bills on special teams and only five other Buffalo players had higher percentages than he did.

According to Pro Football Focus, Moats registered three solo tackles and two assists last season. He did, however, miss two tackles, but as previously noted in a Monday post after he was signed, he didn’t miss a single run tackle on defense.

In 2012, Moats, registered six solo special teams and one assist, so he certainly isn’t afraid to stick his face in the fan or his hand in the pile when his number is called.

The Steelers kick and punt coverage units did improve some last season in Smith’s first year with the team and hopefully that improvement will continue in 2014. With that being the goal, you can probably expect to see Moats as a mainstay on both coverage units, assuming he makes the final 53 man roster.

  • dgh57

    This guy is a good pickup for Special Teams as he’ll replace the loss of Curtis Brown and back up two LB spots where he is solid against the run.

  • Paddy

    Looks like #92 won’t be back

  • dkoy85

    I wouldn’t say that.

  • Caesar

    Was wondering about his special teams ability, this is good to hear. Basically a new version of Keyaron Fox, who was I thought a good special teams guy and serviceable backup when we had him.

  • ApexSteel

    I’m not too sure about that. I expect Curtis to be back once he gets healthy.

  • Axe Skot

    Mitchell and Moats both seem to add some welcome nastiness, something that has been missing as of late. Let’s see if Porter can fire up the linebackers.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Not quite but the chance got a bit slimmer.

  • steeltown

    You think they’ll re-sign C.Brown after releasing him, why? We have quite a few capable special teamers now

  • James Kling

    It’s a show-me contract. He has positional flexibility and can play teams. Coming out of a small school with some good measurables, he basically was brought up to speed by the Bills. Now, is he ready to take the next step?

    Check his 2010 numbers vs. the ILB/OLB in this class: he’d be among the top in the 40 and 10-split, lifts, and jumps; average-ish in change of direction. That suggests OLB over ILB, but I do think he can push Vince at ILB if we plug him there.

  • steeltown

    I agree, I think/hope he is used at OLB and then hopefully could also be the emergency BUCK LB if needed.

  • ApexSteel

    The only reason we cut him to begin with is because he is injured. Now come camp time I wouldn’t be surprised if we did bring him back much like we did with David Johnson. Everyone knows we love familiarity.

  • steeltown

    True, its always a possibility.. but I just don’t see his value anymore

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    If Harrison is signed it will be after the draft and after they get the cap room on June 1st. At that time the market will determine that he is a one year qualifying contract type player. If he accepts that kind of a deal he will be a Steeler if not he will more than likely retire