By Jeremy Hritz
It’s the final installment of my Steelers 2022 roster analysis, and today we take a look at special teams. Let’s first examine the players…
|Pressley Harvin III||6||P||6-0||255||23||2||Georgia Tech|
|Nick Sciba||16||K||5-9||191||22||R||Wake Forest|
You can’t begin talking about the Steelers special teams without starting with Chris Boswell, the eight year veteran who is the model of consistency and reliability at the kicker position. While not a big-legged kicker who can hammer the 50-plus yarders, anything just under that yardage is money. When in his range, it’s a guaranteed 3 points for the Steelers. The second kicker on the roster is Nick Sciba, an undrafted rookie free agent out of Wake Forest, who may be kept around the Steelers practice squad for insurance if there is an injury to Boswell. Sciba has much to prove, and he will need to have a strong camp, but if his record-setting performance in college can translate, he could force an interesting decision for the Steelers.
At punter, Pressley Harvin returns for his second season after an uneven rookie year. With a powerful leg, and though flashing at times, he did not show punt after punt that he is able to handle the duties effectively. Harvin did experience a personal tragedy last year, losing his father, and this may have impacted his focus and mental component of the game. He will be expected to elevate his performance significantly if he is to remain with the team, as another year of subpar punting will not be acceptable. If he can put it all together, he can be a legit punter in the NFL who can pin teams deep in their own territory.
Christian Kuntz beat out Kameron Canaday for the longsnapping position last year, and he is cemented as the starter in 2022. Cameron Nizialek is a camp body who will spell Harvin this camp, though he did make it to final cuts with the Ravens in 2019.