Steelers 2-a-days: Punter Jordan Berry to be pushed by Ian Berryman |
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Chris Adamski

Editor’s note: From now until the first practice of training camp at Saint Vincent College, the Trib will be running through the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 90-man roster, assessing each player’s outlook for the 2019 season. The breakdown will go through the roster in alphabetical order, (at least) two per day, between June 14 and July 26.


Experience: 5th season

Contract status: $1.525 million cap hit in 2019, first season of 2-year extension signed in March

2019 outlook: Before Berry wrestled the Steelers’ punter (and, by extension, holder) job away from fellow Aussie Brad Wing during the 2015 training camp, he’s become the only man to keep the gig at least two consecutive full seasons in the Mike Tomlin era. But that doesn’t mean it’s been a stranglehold — Berry’s struggles early in his fourth NFL season (2018) compelled the Steelers to bring in punters for tryouts. That he kept the job and was signed to an extension in the offseason bodes well for Berry; that the Steelers made it a point to sign an undrafted free agent to compete with him does not. Still, he’s a heavy favorite to be the Steelers’ punter for a fifth season.


Experience: Undrafted rookie

Contract status: signed 3-year contract after draft; $495,666 cap hit in 2019

2019 outlook: Berryman was among the highest-rated draft-eligible punters, and the Steelers were quick to pounce after the draft ended to bring him in as a legitimate option to unseat Berry. During last training camp, Matt Wile dueled Berry to a virtual draw but the Steelers chose to stick with the familiarity of Berry. After picking up and concentrating on punting relatively late, Berryman believes his key to impress coaches is consistency.


June 14: OLB Ola Adeniyi, CB Brian Allen

June 15: S Marcus Allen, DL Tyson Alualu

June 16: Dravon Askew-Henry, Zach Banner

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