Steelers 2-a-days: What is Mark Barron’s role? Is undrafted Garrett Brumfield a sleeper?
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 mostly-alphabetical order, (at least) two per day, between June 14 and July 26.
LB MARK BARRON
Experience: 9th season
Contract status: $3.875 million cap hit in 2019 after signing 2-year free-agent deal in the spring
2019 outlook: How hybrid and versatile of a player are the Steelers expecting to get with Barron? They assigned him a defensive back’s number (26) but list him, officially, as a linebacker on their roster. That perhaps speaks volumes about how the Steelers plan on deploying the 6-2, 230-pound Barron, who suddenly became a man without an assured, dedicated starting spot when the Steelers traded up in the draft for Devin Bush. Barron seems an ideal fit for passing downs, but it will interesting to see in what packages he’s on the field.
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G GARRETT BRUMFIELD
Contract status: $495,000 cap hit in 2019 as part of three-year rookie contract
2019 outlook: Brumfield was among the allotted 30 visitors the Steelers chose to bring in to their facility during the pre-draft process, so there always was at least some level of intrigue or interest on the team’s end in the 6-4, 302-pound LSU product who started his junior and senior years at LSU. He was rated the No. 1 guard in the country coming out of high school, so the raw talent is there. Brumfield is a strong candidate to make the practice squad for the Steelers to groom him in preparation for a bigger role in the future.
— Garrett Brumfield (@thisisbruiser) June 7, 2019
June 14: OLB Ola Adeniyi, CB Brian Allen
June 15: S Marcus Allen, DL Tyson Alualu
June 16: S Dravon Askew-Henry, OT Zach Banner
June 17: P Jordan Berry, P Ian Berryman
June 18: K Chris Boswell, DB Marcelis Branch
Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .