With training camp now just a few weeks away from beginning, we have started running our annual polls asking you to vote on whether or not certain Pittsburgh Steelers players who are perceived as being on the bubble will ultimately make the final 53 man roster out of training camp.
Yesterday, linebacker Terence Garvin was the player we asked you to vote on and today we will move to the offensive line and get your thoughts on guard Chris Hubbard.
2014 Season Recap:
After spending his entire rookie season on the Steelers practice squad, Hubbard made the team’s final 53 man roster in 2014. While he was inactive for most of the season, he did dress for four games and even saw limited action at left guard in the Week 3 game against the Carolina Panthers because of an injury. Hubbard played a total of 7 offensive snaps in that game and five of those were runs with two others being kneel downs.
Being as the UAB product didn’t see munch playing time in 2014, we really only have his two years worth of preseason play to go on as far as evaluating him. While he did play a few snaps at right guard last preseason, his primary spot was on the left side. Overall, his play was average and his pass protection is the part of his game that really could stand to improve this year.
As it stands right now, Hubbard should be considered inside the 2015 roster bubble due to his time spent with team. However, the Steelers signed quite a few undrafted interior linemen this offseason to challenge Hubbard for his spot on the roster. Two of the most notable undrafted players, B.J. Finney and Reese Dismukes, can both play center so it will certainly be interesting to watch how much time one or both get at left guard during training camp and the preseason. Another undrafted player, Miles Dieffenbach, is a true left guard, so he really could be the one who poses the biggest threat to Hubbard.
Hubbard should see plenty of action with the second-team offense during the preseason. However, if he does make the final roster this year, he might find himself inactive for several games once again as backup center Cody Wallace figures to be the first man off the bench should the Steelers need someone to play guard during a game because of an injury.
Vote below and tell us the reason why you voted the way that you did in the comments.