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The Struggles Of Dan Moore Jr. And Mason Cole Show In The Numbers

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There is no question that the Steelers offensive line has struggled in the first three weeks.

In contrast to this point one year ago, the Steelers do not have a single player with a Pro Football Focus grade above 60. Yet, somehow, the team has been able to salvage a 2-1 record with an offensive line that has struggled mightily to adequately protect quarterback Kenny Pickett.

At the centerpiece in this regard are center Mason Cole and tackle Mason Cole, who have both had their fair share of issues in pass protection. This fact was confirmed by football editor and statistician Daniel Valente of The Score.

According to Valente, half of the pressures Pickett has faced this season has come from the center (18%) and from the left tackle (32%). Both individually have graded poorly, as Moore Jr. has the lowest grade for his position at 29.2, while Cole has been rated one of the worst centers in the NFL with a horrible 26.8 pass-protection grade.

Despite an improved performance by Moore Jr. in their Week 3 win over the Las Vegas Raiders, many are suggesting that rookie Broderick Jones should start in place to give a boost to the team's ailing run offense. As for Cole, his days as a starting center could be numbered if he is unable to return to his reliable form from last season.

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