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Complete Stat Predictions for the Pittsburgh Steelers' Offseason Acquisitions

Mike StangerCorrespondent IJuly 21, 2016

Complete Stat Predictions for the Pittsburgh Steelers' Offseason Acquisitions

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    Historically, the Pittsburgh Steelers' new offseason acquisitions do nothing for NFL media hyperbole. No Mario Williams-type break-the-bank deals come out of Pittsburgh's front office.

    With the the lack of hype goes any type of fantastical stats projections. No one in Steelers Nation possesses delusions of grandeur for Matt Spaeth.

    Indeed, guys like Spaeth, Bruce Gradkowski and William Gay won't register a blip on the fantasy football scoreboards.

    The fact is that the cumulative snap total of the Steelers' new acquisitions won't even come close to Ben Roethlisberger's final tally next season.

    However, most of the Steelers' offseason acquisitions will be asked to perform at least a modest role, if not an unexpected greater one, in 2013.

    When called, how will those players perform?


    Statistics courtesy of ESPN.com.

Bruce Gradkowski, QB

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    The Steelers signed Bruce Gradkowski to add a youth movement to the geriatric quarterback position. At 30 years old, he is younger than Byron Leftwich (33) and Charlie Batch (38), both of whom probably won't be back next season.

    He's a hometown kid, graduating from nearby Seton-LaSalle High School.

    On the negative side, he led a comeback win against Pittsburgh while playing for the Oakland Raiders, throwing for 308 yards and three touchdowns. Fans will forgive now that he's one of their own.

    His career stats are Bubby Brister-esque, with a 52.9 completion percentage, 21 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. However, his completion percentage will improve playing under Todd Haley's short passing game.

    One thing is almost guaranteed: Gradkowski will get playing time this year. Ben Roethlisberger has played 16 games in a season only once (2008) since being drafted in 2004.

    2013 stat prediction: 30 of 50 passes for 375 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

William Gay, CB

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    The Steelers' reunion tour bus found another passenger in William Gay.

    He returns to Pittsburgh after one year with the Arizona Cardinals, thus completing the required sabbatical for Steelers free-agent cornerbacks.

    Gay's time in Arizona won't make anyone there forget about Aeneas Williams. He finished with 57 tackles, two interceptions, one sack and six passes defended last season.

    For his career, Gay has five interceptions and 49 passes defended.

    He will compete with Cortez Allen for Keenan Lewis' former spot and provides depth to the secondary.

    2013 stat prediction: 20 tackles, one interception, three passes defended.

Matt Spaeth, TE

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    Matt Spaeth joins Gay on the reunion tour bus.

    Spaeth's time with the Chicago Bears barely existed, at least statistically. He caught six passes for 28 yards.

    His forte isn't catching passes, though, as he only has 49 career receptions for eight touchdowns in six seasons. His blocking skills will bolster the Steelers' anemic rushing attack.

    However, with Heath Miller's return from an ACL surgery uncertain, Spaeth will get significant playing time and an opportunity to pad his receiving stats.

    At 6'7" and 260 pounds, he is a formidable presence in the red zone.

    2013 stat prediction: 15 receptions, 135 yards and two touchdowns.

John Parker Wilson, QB

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    The Steelers signed John Parker Wilson off the waiver wires from the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has never played in a meaningful NFL game.

    If he makes the team, Wilson will get significant playing time running the scout team in practice.

    2013 stat prediction: 14 scout team touchdowns, 212 cups of coffee fetched, four clipboards used, seven different hats worn backwards on the sidelines.

Ross Ventrone, DB

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    Ross Ventrone is another Pittsburgh kid, having graduating from Chartiers Valley High School.

    He has two career tackles. His most impressive stat, however, is the one he had no control over. In 2011, the New England Patriots released and re-signed him a combined 20 times.

    Ventrone is a warm body used to fill a roster spot. He has slim odds of making the team.

    2013 stat prediction: One preseason tackle, one release, 47 whole-life insurance policies sold.

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