Steelers 2-a-days: Much to prove for Winston Craig, Sean Davis
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.
DT WINSTON CRAIG
Experience: Parts of the past two seasons on the Eagles practice squad
Contract status: $495,000 cap hit in 2019
2019 outlook: One of five payers the Steelers signed after the Alliance of American Football folded, the 6-4, 291-pound Craig is a candidate to backfill the team’s depth chart at defensive lineman. A spot is available on the 53-man roster after the departure of L.T. Walton, and the domino effect would mean at least one practice-squad spot is, too. A Richmond alum, Craig kept getting brought back by the Philadelphia Eagles over the past two years, and he, obviously, showed enough on tape in the AAF to be given a shot to impress the Steelers in Latrobe.
Winston Craig sack. I feel like every member of the San Antonio DL, and most of the backups, have made big plays today pic.twitter.com/KthuBxSwX0
— Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) February 17, 2019
S SEAN DAVIS
Experience: 4th season
Contract status: $1.3 million cap hit in 2019, scheduled to hit free agency afterward
2019 outlook: Drafted three-plus years ago, Davis has been just about everything you can ask from a second-round pick: reliable, steady, a significant contributor from the beginning. He had a 38-game starts streak snapped because of injury in advance of the finale last season. But as he enters the final year of his contract, the Steelers at some point have a major decision to make about how much they want to invest in Davis for their future. He probably hasn’t shown enough to warrant the big money agent Drew Rosenhaus will ask for if the extension is inked now, so most likely scenario seems to be Davis playing out the final season of his contract, betting on himself.
Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .