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It wouldn't be surprising if Dan Moore Jr. was a starter at some point this season

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Steelers' fourth-round pick Dan Moore Jr. has adjusted quickly to the NFL level, faster than what many expected. He has put together solid performances in all three preseason games, and according to Pro Football Focus, Moore has the most pass-blocking snaps (62) while allowing zero pressures this preseason. Chuks Okorafor had a false start penalty on the first play against the Lions, and PFF credited him with allowing five pressures on only 29 pass-blocking snaps.

Okorafor didn't look great in the game against the Eagles in the previous week, either. This is why I don't think it would be surprising to see Moore start at either tackle position this year, either replacing Okorafor at left tackle or moving to right tackle and the Steelers moving Zach Banner to left tackle.

Geoff Schwartz mentioned earlier this month that he was hearing that Moore is going to start at left tackle in Week 1 for the Steelers. It was kind of shocking at the time, but Moore has certainly been impressive in the preseason. I'm not sure if he'll start over Okorafor for the game against the Bills in Week 1, but Okorafor should be looking over his shoulder at Moore. If he continues to be inconsistent, I don't think Mike Tomlin or Adrian Klemm will be hesitant to put Moore in the starting lineup.

They have to put the five best offensive linemen out there, and Moore might just be a better option than Okorafor.


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