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The Steelers face questions aplenty at outside linebacker heading into the ’14 season. Can Jarvis Jones recover from a miserable rookie year and live up to his draft billing? Was Jason Worilds' breakout merely a flash in the pan in pursuit of a big contract?
These questions won’t be answered for some time, but it appears the team can at least count on quality play from the position’s top backup: Arthur Moats.
Moats was used as a pass-rushing defensive end at James Madison and finished second in school history with 29 sacks. Moats has recorded a mere five sacks in four NFL seasons—none in the past two—primarily because he wasn’t afforded the opportunity in Buffalo.
Per Steelers Depot’s Dave Bryan, former Steelers offensive tackle and current radio analyst Tunch Ilkin sees the 3-4 defense as a great fit for Moats’ talents.
The guy that jumped out to me today in all the drills was Arthur Moats,” Ilkin said. “And the reason is, when Arthur Moats was at Buffalo, he was a 4-3 stack linebacker, an outside linebacker – played off the line of scrimmage. He never jumped out at me. As a 3-4 outside linebacker, he looks much more natural, much more at ease as a natural pass rusher, who does a great job of not only with an initial move, but a counter off of it.
If Ilkin’s analysis proves correct, Moats may not be out of the running for a starting role.