It looks like Ben Roesthlisberger is going to have a comfortable season in the pocket this year.
That's because the offensive line of the Pittsburgh Steelers has been ranked the third best in the entire league heading into 2017, according to Pro Football Focus.
PFF released their offensive line rankings Tuesday, "taking a purely grades-based approach. We came up with a multi-year grade based off snap counts and performance and then summed those up across all five positions, right tackle, right guard, center, left guard and left tackle. Unknown quantities – like rookies or new starters – were assigned a slightly below-average number."
Here's what they had to say about the third-ranked Steelers line:
If you’re projecting purely off the final nine games from a season ago, the Steelers would be the No. 1 line in the league. Alejandro Villanueva came on extremely strong over that period, but his poor play from 2015 drags them down a bit. Over that final nine-game stretch, he allowed just 12 pressures. If that level of play continues, Ben Roethlisberger will be a happy man.
Currently the big five, from left to right, are expected to be Alejandro Villaneuva (LT) Ramon Foster (LG) Maurkice(C) David DeCastro (RG) Marcus Gilbert (RT).
The folks at PFF ranked the Philadelphia Eagles (Travis Kelce, Jason Peters, Lane Johnson) offensive line the best in the entire league, with the Cleveland Browns (J.C. Tretter, Kevin Zeitler) coming in at second. Fourth was the Tennessee Titans (Taylor Lewan, Jack Conklin) and fifth was the Chicago Bears (Josh Sitton, Kyle Long).
It's an interesting argument, particularly given how much fanfare the Dallas Cowboys offensive line has received over the past 12 months. But with Dallas losing Doug Free (retirement) and Ronald Leary (free agency), things are bound to change in the Big D.
At least according to the folks at PFF, the Eagles, Browns and Steelers are the kings for now.