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Villanueva participates in PIT OTAs without long-term talks

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 25: Alejandro Villanueva #78 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in action during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field on December 25, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

  • Third-year Pittsburgh Steelers LT Alejandro Villanueva was present at Steelers OTAs this week despite there being no talk of a long-term deal between Villanueva and the team.
  • No tackle played more than Villanueva last season, playing 1,276 snaps which was every offensive snap of the Steelers season including playoffs.
  • After a rough rookie season in 2015 where Villanueva ranked 49th out 77 tackles with a PFF overall grade of 47.5, he bounced back last season with a PFF overall grade of 82.2, which ranked 24 out of 78 qualifying tackles.
  • Villanueva ranked fourth in pass-block efficiency from Week 12 through the playoffs last year with a PBE of 96.9. Over that span, he only allowed 1 sack and 12 total pressures (PBE measures pressure allowed on a per-snap basis with weighting toward sacks).

Alejandro Villanueva

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