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Spencer Anderson Should Have A Greater Role In 2024

Versatility is an invaluable attribute for offensive linemen.

Spencer Anderson was one of the most versatile offensive linemen in the 2023 draft class when he came out of the University of Maryland. Despite his potential, it did not translate to many snaps during the season.

What did not help his cause was the performance of both veterans Isaac Seumalo and James Daniels, who were easily the most reliable offensive linemen on the roster this past season. For this, Anderson saw only two offensive snaps, while 26 snaps were on special teams.

The last time we saw Anderson at his busiest was during the preseason, specifically their first game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In that game, Anderson played 37 offensive snaps at three different positions: right guard, left guard, and right tackle. In all, Anderson played 109 preseason offensive snaps and finished with a respectable grade of 61.5 via Pro Football Focus.

At center is one path that is worth taking. Anderson might end up being a better depth option at the position than Mason Cole, the team's current starter, even with the chance that the team will draft at that spot. The second option would be at right tackle, where he spent much of his junior season with the Terrapins and received an 86.6 rating for pass blocking.

Regardless of which position he decides to explore, the Steelers would benefit from a player who could play at any position along the offensive line. Though we saw little of him this past season, his diverse skillset should result in more opportunities that do not keep him on the sidelines much longer.

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