Position Flexibility Of New Steelers LB Arthur Moats Is A Plus

The addition of Buffalo Bills unrestricted free agent linebacker Arthur Moats by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday now gives them a player with great position flexibility.

Moats is a compact player out of James Madison that initially projected to be an outside linebacker in the NFL. During his career with the Bills, however, Moats bounced around outside and inside and generally played on the strong-side of their defensive formation.

One of Moats best qualities is his tackling ability. According to Pro Football Focus, Moats did not miss a tackle in 2013 in the 177 run snaps that he was on the field for. In addition, he also recorded 14 run stops.

In his four years at James Madison, Moats recorded 29 quarterback sacks with 22.5 of those coming in his final two years there as a defensive end.

While we will have to wait a while until we see where Moats will line up at in training camp, Moats’ ability to play both inside and outside should make him a valuable pickup for the Steelers. In addition, Moats should add value on special teams if he makes the final 53 man roster.

  • steeltown

    We really lack depth outside, while I do see him pushing V.Williams inside I also hope he is given every opportunity to provide depth behind Worilds and Jones

  • Smashmouth

    Sounds lake a good pick up and he the part about that he also played DE in college is a plus

  • dgh57

    The depth is needed more at OLB so I see him for now in a 3 man rotation like we had last year with Woodley.

  • Will Hammer

    A good tackler ,thats good !!!!The steelers lacked that last yr …

  • Rob Dove

    Key comment if he makes the team. We just signed a guy that is not even a sure thing to beat what we have. I am not ready to hope a never was is the answer. He may have a break out year and could be a find, but the contract was cheap and buffalo did not want him back so that should say something about him.

  • CuldesacBill

    When you look at their current depth, I don’t see any way he doesn’t make the team. It seems like a nice pickup. Now if they can just sign his teammate, Alex Carrington, that would even be better.