Countdown To Steelers Camp: 50 In 25 Series – B.J. Finney 2017 Preview

The calendar has now flipped over to July and that means the Pittsburgh Steelers annual training camp will be getting underway in Latrobe later this month. As usual, we have several series planned to get you ready for this year’s training camp and mine will center around preview profiles of 50 players over the course of the next 25 days. Most of these profiles will be on players who were under contract with the team in 2016.

Up twenty-ninth in this series is a 2017 preview profile of center/guard B.J. Finney.

Intro: Finney, the Steelers interior backup swingman, nearly played 300 regular season snaps last season due to injuries and that included him making three starts at left guard. The former undrafted free agent out of Kansas State showed during the regular season that he could be a reliable backup and especially during those starts.

Current Strengths: Finney’s play at left guard last season was impressive and he showed that he could move and function effectively out in space and especially when asked to pull to the right side. He uses his hands well at guard and much, much better than he does at center. Balance is another strength of his.

Current Weaknesses: As a pass protector, Finney needs some improvement and especially at the center position. His angles against A-gap pressure and twist recognition also needs improvement. While not asked to play center much in 2016, he struggled at that position when asked to play there. His snap timing and head bobs were off more than a few times. Needs to become a better anchorer and drive better off the snap against larger defensive tackles. Shorter arms hinders him at times.

2017 Outlook: Finney should once again be the Steelers primary interior swingman in 2017 and thus his playing time will depend entirely on the health ahead of him. He’s a lot better NFL guard right now than he is a center, the position he mainly played in college.

2017 Base Salary: $540,000

2017 Salary Cap Charge: $540,000

2017 Health Status: No known ailments exiting offseason program

2016 Health Status: Zero games missed last season due to injury

2016 Regular Season Snaps Played: 299 of 1,083

2016 Stat That Matters: One sack allowed in 2016

2016 Stats:


2016 Highlights:

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  • Michael Mosgrove

    will replace foster next year.

  • Matt

    this guy looked pretty good in the limited time he had playing.

  • StolenUpVotes

    Next year as in 2018?

  • dany

    Cody Wallace was a better center than guard, Finney is a better guard than center. Can’t they just fuse?

  • StolenUpVotes

    I will never forget that play against Denver when Foster pushed Dr. Wallace out of way mid block lol

  • Michael Mosgrove

    possibly. not super likely as foster still has good output but he is the weakest part of the line. and yes i know big al is there. but foster at his position is weaker. next year foster has:
    salary $2,675,000
    cap hit $3,591,668
    signing bonus 916,668
    dead money if cut. 916,668 or basically his signing bonus would be the cap hit. and thats if cut prior to june 1. which i guarantee they wont do even if they do.
    thing to remember is foster is now 32. and they have high hopes for finney which is why they paid him a full salary as an undrafted. its why theyve kept him here.
    food for thought.

  • Matthew Marczi

    You could make a pretty good argument that Foster was their best lineman last season, really, and it’s not the first year for that. Pro Football Focus actually graded him as the second-best guard in the league behind Marshal Yanda and ahead of Zack Martin. Until he shows tangible signs of regression or starts talking about retiring I’m not counting on him being replaced. That’s chump change to pay for a quality starting lineman.

  • Matthew Marczi

    I wouldn’t take that one Browns game too much at face value, personally. He never struggled like that at center during the preseason. I think he would do just fine if he had to start at center this year.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    like i said. not super likely. but IF it were to happen finney is the logical choice. more than likely finney takes the spo tin 2019. but if foster were to get injured late in the season or next season he could be vulnerable.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Oh definitely it would be Finney. I do think he’s capable of being a starter in this league, and honestly a part of me almost hopes that Foster retires in time to catch Finney’s window, given that the former is already 32.

  • Applebite

    Still pulling for Finney to make the roster again. Nothing is guaranteed. Nose down, grind it out, leave it all on the field, B.J.!