Veteran Arthur Moats Does What He Needs To Against Giants’ Depth

If you are among those pulling for eighth-year veteran outside linebacker Arthur Moats to reclaim his spot on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 53-man roster this year, then tonight was a good one for you—even if it comes with a bit of a caveat. The seemingly fifth-string edge rusher recorded an interception and three sacks against the Giants, with other additional pressures.

While I admittedly did not pay attention to what if any snaps he logged on special teams, which will be an important piece of his resume to stick with the team in 2017, his final stat line is undeniable. In addition to the aforementioned, Moats also recorded six total tackles.

A great deal of his production, it has to be mentioned, did come against the Giants’ third-team personnel, opponents that an eighth-year veteran with starting experience such as himself should be able to handle in the manner in which he did.

But as I noted during my broadcast coverage, you can only beat the man that is lined up across from you, and one the ones patrolling the sidelines. While he may have been expected to have this type of performance against opponents that bottom of their roster, he did have that performance.

His first sack of the game did come up against New York’s first-string offense of the game (with many notable actual starters not participating). Rushing off the defense’s left side, on second and goal, the veteran eventually fended off some tough handfighting and a bit of holding from the right tackle to pick up a cleanup hustle sack that helped keep the Giants from scoring.

Early in the second half the former Bill picked off the former Jet on a pass that was clear miscommunication with the receiver. Geno Smith was throwing to the sideline while his receiver was heading downfield, and it’s not clear who was the offender.

He recorded a pair of sacks on the Giants’ opening drive of the fourth quarter as well, this time working off the right side. The veteran has experience starting at both sides over the course of the past three seasons for the Steelers, by the way.

He showed coverage duties initially on the first sack of the drive, ultimately working into the backfield fighting against the left tackle. With L.T. Walton also providing pressure from the opposite side, Moats was eventually able to clean up once again and bring the quarterback down.

His third and final sack was clearly the best of the three, as he cleanly beat the right tackle around the edge and got to the quarterback in a hurry, bringing him down to force a third and long that would result in a turnover on downs two plays later.

It was a good showing for Moats, whose competition for the 53-man roster, rookie seventh-round pick Keion Adams, is currently on the shelf with a shoulder injury. Hopefully in the near future we will see more action from both of them against a higher level of competition—and more work on special teams.

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  • Michael Mosgrove

    he very nearly had 5 sacks.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Doing what he’s supposed to do against third stringers is still way better than what a 7th rounder who is injured is doing. Moats doesn’t have to prove himself, Adams does. Adams has to take the spot, he will not be gifted it solely because he is younger/cheaper

  • Ace

    Wonder how Dupree would have done with that many snaps in place of Moats…

  • Matthew Marczi

    It’s going to come down to special teams either way.

  • Big White

    As far as i see it OLB is set for the 2016 season and for the better. The Adams kid has been a little nicked up and he’ll get a chance to come along slowly on the PS. No harm, no foul. Matter of fact, after tonight they may even want to just rest him through camp to give him a fair opportunity.

  • Shane Mitchell

    He had one hell of a game, also looked good in coverage.

  • Matthew Marczi

    At the very least, he has a steep uphill climb now. Would have to play very well on special teams, maybe produce a fumble or block, from this point forward assuming he even returns in the near future.

  • dany

    I’m sure he would have played at the very least as good. If not, there’s a problem

  • dany

    Certainly he won’t have issues making a roster if the steelers cut him. He has a known low ceiling at this point, but he can play. If Adams is able to show his big potential he could still go

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    You have to imagine that some of these guys that have not been practcing due to injury will start healing a little quicker.

  • Taylor Williams

    Nah they’ll keep moats either way.
    A 7th round rookie backup isn’t what we need right now.

  • Zach

    lots of respect for the depot writers that have pushed for OLB Adams, but I just don’t see Moats being cut. this is not how the steelers usually operate — they’d rather stash Adams in the PS and keep the veteran presence. I just don’t see the team going with Harrison + 4 young players (Dupree, Chickillo, Watt, Adams) and getting rid of Moats’ locker room effect. add that to no veteran presence in the ILB corp as well (V Williams is the most experience player there, since S Johnson is no roster lock).

  • RickM

    Apologies for the directness, but meaningless beyond meaningless in terms of the stats accumulation. If a veteran NFL OLB cannot take major advantage of 3rd string players, there’s something wrong. That said, Moats has always been the heavy favorite over Adams to make the roster and that hasn’t changed.

  • Wayne’O

    Awesome performance by Moats, complete domination over the competition that he faced. As for Adams, as they say, “You can’t make the club, in the tub.” Especially being a late 7th round draft pick! Hopefully he’ll develop on the practice squad and get an opportunity next year, when the old man (Silverback) retires.

  • MP

    Sure hope so.

  • SilverSteel

    I tend to agree but Adams is better than players we’ve recently lost on the PS like Feeney

  • SilverSteel

    “It’s a miracle coach”. I can play! *Golson limping*

  • AndyR34

    Even if Adams does develop they will draft an LB in the 4th round next year to compete.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    If you can’t play; then no roster spot for you. Unfortunate fact of NFL life.

  • Rocksolid20

    LMAO , thanks for making my day silver .

  • Rocksolid20

    Moats also has played some at ILB and can step in should we
    find ourselves thin . No brainier he makes this 53 .

  • SilverSteel

    No prob.