Steelers 2-a-days: Will Marcus Allen break out? Tyson Alualu an ideal top DL backup |
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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: 2nd season

Contract status: $643,159 cap hit in 2019, signed through 2021 season

2019 outlook: After appearing in only two games last season, Allen seems poised to make an impact on the Steelers defense in 2019. With Morgan Burnett off the roster, Allen would be a prime candidate to fill the dime/hybrid linebacker role going forward. The top backup spot at both safeties is also up for grabs with no obvious answer other than perhaps Jordan Dangerfield. In short, opportunities are there for Allen to seize.


Experience: 10th season

Contract status: Re-signed for 2 years, $5.75 million in March; $2.125 million cap hit in 2019

2019 outlook: Alualu was a perfect fit as the Steelers’ No. 4 defensive lineman the past two seasons, and it was a savvy signing to bring him back in that role at age 32. The former top-10 draft pick hasn’t been a star in the NFL but has been a steady, reliable, smart and versatile defensive lineman. He’s quality depth and good insurance behind Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt and Javon Hargarve.


June 14: Ola Adeniyi, Brian Allen

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