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Trai Turner: 'I’m ecstatic to get to Pittsburgh and just get to work'


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Newly signed Steelers guard Trai Turner was on Good Morning Football today and he talked again about the tumultuous season that he had with the Chargers in 2020. A groin injury that sidelined him for six games and playing on a new team coupled with COVID-19 protocols made things difficult for the five-time Pro Bowler.

According to Pro Football Focus, Turner finished 79th out of a possible 80 guards in 2020. He's also regressed in his PFF grade every year since 2017, falling from 73.8 to 67.9 to 63.9 to 34.8. However, Turner is still only 28 and has a strong resume from his days in Carolina, as he made the Pro Bowle every year from 2015-2019.


Turner is projected to be the plug-and-play replacement for David DeCastro at right guard, who was released last month due to having persistent ankle issues. Turner has been training with Hall of Famer Jackie Slater this offseason and feels like he's back to 100 percent.


“I’m feeling like myself,” Turner said on Good Morning Football. “I’m excited about the season. I’m ecstatic to get to Pittsburgh and just get to work. I just can’t wait, man. Last season was tough. It was different. It was one of those things where, you know, it was a lot of things that happened that I couldn’t control. But hey, it’s a new year, new beginning with a new team and I’m excited about it.”



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