Whenever a professional athlete signs with a new team through free agency, a lot of factors can affect their decision. While one player may want to sign with a team that'll give them an expanded role, another player may opt to join an organization that's closer to their hometown. When it comes to five-time Pro-Bowl offensive guard Trai Turner, he chose to sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason because of the team's competitive nature.
Turner spoke with NFL Total Access' Omar Ruiz on Tuesday, telling him that he joined the Steelers because they "always compete, always in the game, and play my style of football."
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Turner described his kind of playing style as being "smashmouth" football. For those unfamiliar with what he's talking about, the veteran guard described it like this:
"Able to get out and pull, get in some space and run a little bit. Just have a little bit of fun, man. It's fun when you're throwing the touchdowns, but I think it's fun when you're able to run them too."- Trai Turner, Pittsburgh Steelers OG
The Steelers had no problem scoring through the air in 2020 as they recorded 2.3 passing touchdowns per game (T-5th) while averaging a league-high 42.6 attempts per contest. When it comes to running the ball, that's a different story. Pittsburgh had, by far, the worst rushing offense in the NFL last season, putting up just 82.5 rushing YPG.
Fortunately, Turner's talents should help the Steelers in the air and on the ground. The five-time Pro-Bowler allowed just one sack while taking 2 penalties in 536 offensive snaps for the Los Angeles Chargers last season. He'll be playing with a chip on his shoulder following his release from the Chargers back in March, so look for Turner to do what it takes to bring Pittsburgh to that next level in 2021.
There's still a lot to prove before the football world views the Steelers as a championship-caliber team. FanDuel Sportsbook has given them +4400 odds to win Super Bowl 56, which places them in a tie for 19th with the Arizona Cardinals.
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