On Tuesday afternoon, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin announced a change in the team’s starting lineup, although it is Not the quarterback switch many fans have been hoping for. Instead, Tomlin has opted to demote start nose tackle Tyson Alualu in favor of Montravius Adams, who is eight years Alualu’s junior.
“He plays better than Tyson” said Tomlin. “So we thought that would be appropriate.”
Tyson Alualu has a PFF score of 40.9 this season
The move can’t really be called a surprise as Alualu didn’t look like the old one this season. In three games (two starts) that year, the 35-year-old was credited with six tackles (three solo) and one quarterback hit after playing a total of 104 snaps on defense and 12 more on special teams.
Above all, he deserves a little 40.9 overall grade by Pro Football Focus, with an even worse defensive score of 38.1 runs. This compares to the 59.7 overall score he achieved early last year before breaking an ankle in week 2 at the end of the season. Those numbers are well below the 89.6 grade he achieved in his last full season (2020). when he was still considered one of the top 32 centerbacks in the NFL.
All in all, Alualu appears to be the final year of an 11-season career that began in 2012 when the Jacksonville Jaguars drafted him No. 10 overall in Cal’s draft. He spent the first five years of his career with the Jaguars before signing with the Steelers in 2017 as an unrestricted free agent.
After his first Steelers contract expired in 2021, he decided to rejoin the Jaguars on a two-year deal worth a total of $6 million, even after the Steelers made keeping him a priority. But a battle with COVID-19 delayed a trip to Jacksonville for his contract signing, and in the weeks in between he changed his mind and revised his decision to leave Pittsburgh — a decision that pleased many of his Steelers teammates.
Now, Alualu is in the final year of a two-year deal he signed in 2021, a deal that nets him a salary of $2.5 million and one that counts $3.462 million toward the salary cap, according to overthecap.com .
So far, Alualu has played in 177 regular-season games (113 starts) in his career. He was credited with 409 tackles (257 solo), including 46 tackles for loss, 24.5 sacks, 69 quarterback hits, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries, as per Pro Soccer Reference.
Montravius Adams joined the Steelers in November 2021
As for Montravis Adams, the former Green Bay Packers (2017) third-round pick has some experience as a starter for the Steelers, having made four starts last season after Pittsburgh fired him from the New Orleans Saints practice team . In a total of five appearances last season, Adams — 6ft 3 and 304 pounds — had eight tackles (six solo), including a tackle for loss and three quarterback hits.
So far this season, Adams has played 31 defensive snaps in three games and is credited with two tackles and one pass defended.
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