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Movie Room: Middle JC Haussenauer Holds Personal Changing Mason Cole

When the Pittsburgh Steelers beginning middle, Mason Cole, went down late within the first half in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals, it was as much as third-year middle JC Haussenauer to fill the footwear of the usually dependable Cole. It was Haussenauer’s first in depth snaps of the season, accumulating 41, after solely 5 complete offensive snaps within the Steelers’ first 9 video games in 2022. All in all, he held up nicely. He graded out as one of many 5 finest offensive gamers, per Professional Soccer Focus, with a grade of 67.2.

With the standing of Mason Cole up within the air, he was seen with a strolling boot on the facility on Monday, it is attainable Haussenauer is the starter at middle when the Steelers take the sphere at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. As we have not seen him in in depth common season motion since week 17 of the 2021 season, let’s check out what he placed on tape in opposition to the Bengals.


It wasn’t the best begin for Haussenauer as he gave up a stress on his first drive. He is late seeing the Bengals finish coming round on the T/E stunt, and by the point he does, he would not convey his ft and dips his head. This permits Hubbard to slither by means of and get successful on the quarterback, Kenny Pickett.

The very subsequent play, he does a significantly better job at defending his QB. His ft from him are way more energetic and he provides a very good punch to the speeding defensive deal with. This creates an ideal lane for Pickett to step into the pocket and make an eventual throw that might lead to an explosive play to Pat Freiermuth.

Haussenauer did clear up his work in opposition to stunts later within the sport although. This time, the center linebacker twists behind the defensive deal with. Haussenauer begins his set properly in opposition to the deal with, and efficiently passes him off to his proper guard, James Daniels. Then, he cleanly finishes the rep by consuming up the blitzing linebacker.

On this subsequent rep, he does permit some penetration from the defensive deal with, however he merely rides him up the arc away from the quarterback and out of hurt’s manner.

General, apart from the preliminary stress on his first drive, Haussenauer was strong in move professional. Any narratives that he was the rationale Pickett was pressured extra within the second half are false. Many of the stress that crept in on him was from the tackles permitting stress off the sting.

He’ll by no means be a highway grader, however he wasn’t dangerous within the run sport both.

We’ll first have a look at my favourite rep of the day from him. On the combo block, he fires off, getting sufficient of the defensive deal with to move off to proper guard James Daniels. He is then capable of efficiently climb to the second degree and clear the linebacker out of the way in which for Najee Harris to slide by means of for an additional 8 yards.

Whereas Kevin Dotson might deserve extra credit score right here than Haussenauer, they each do an incredible job of blowing the defensive deal with off the ball right here. Haussenauer is ready to lastly end him off of a pancake. Sadly, the slanting defensive finish ruins the nice push within the center.

That is the final run-blocking rep we’ll have a look at. Haussenauer once more will get some assist with somewhat chip from Dotson, but it surely’s simply sufficient for him to have the ability to swing round and seal off this gap for Najee Harris to squeeze by means of for 5 yards.

The one rep I used to be actually upset to look at was on this display move to tight finish, Pat Freiermuth. If you have not already checked it out, be sure to learn Alex Kozora’s breakdown of the Steelers’ persevering with to be the worst display group. This seems to be to be arrange nicely, however Haussenauer utterly ignores linebacker, Logan Wilson. Permitting the LB to roam free utterly destroys this play. One could possibly assume that he thinks Left Deal with, Dan Moore, goes to get him so he begins to look inside, however Moore is obstructing the skin nook. A irritating mistake for a play that might have been a profitable one.

The very last thing I needed to check out was Haussenauer’s unlawful man downfield. It is unattainable in charge him for this as there’s loads of confusion happening on this play. I am undecided if Pickett checked on the line, however half the group is obstructing for a draw play and the opposite half is working a move play. Inevitably, Haussenauer is downfield when Pickett throws the move, but it surely’s laborious to place him at fault as he is on the identical web page because the quarterback who clearly needed handy it off to the working again.


JC Haussenauer is what you need in a backup offensive lineman. He isn’t a starter as a result of he is missing the athletic make-up and he can have a psychological gaff from time to time, however general he is a strong participant that you simply really feel snug enjoying in a pinch. There’s quite a bit much less fear when he is trotting on the market than there could be if Kendrick Inexperienced was pressured to play once more. Whereas I hope Mason Cole is ready to play Monday in opposition to the Colts, I do not see it being a serious blow to the Steelers’ possibilities of successful if Haussenauer will get the beginning.

What was your opinion of Haussenauer’s first prolonged enjoying time in 2022? Let me know within the feedback!

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