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Tyler Matakevich Looking Good in Camp

August 8, 2017
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Tyler Matakevich Looking Good in Camp

Tyler Matakevich is turning heads at Steelers camp

Tyler Matakevich was always a long shot.

He was drafted in the seventh round. He played at Temple. He joined a team with Ryan Shazier and Lawrence Timmons entrenched at his position and Vince Williams looming as the heir should a starting spot open up.

But that didn’t deter him. Matakevich became a fan favorite last season as a special teamer. Steelers fans admire the sort of grit and toughness it takes to stick around as a seventh rounder, but Matakevich has higher ambitions than just special teams. He wants to play on defense. And according to Bob Labriola of Steelers.com, he’s prepared to do that if necessary this season.

Tyler Matakevich looks like a completely different player this summer. Often during the live tackling portion of an afternoon practice, his ability to find the ball and get the guy on the ground has been showcased, and I think he wouldn’t be a liability this season if he had to play.”

The history of the Steelers is littered with star defensive players who came out of nowhere. Donnie Shell and James Harrison were undrafted. L.C. Greenwood was taken in the 10th round. It would obviously be senseless to compare Matakevich to those players, but the Steelers have always developed their unheralded players extremely well. Dirty Red could be the next in that lineage of homegrown defenders.

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