Steelers Host Free Agent Linebacker Ray Wilborn


Ray Wilborn Ball State

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Luke Timian of the Indiana Hoosiers runs the ball as Josh Miller and Ray Wilborn of the Ball State Cardinals make the cease on September 15, 2018.

On Sunday Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Devin Bush suffered a torn ACL and can miss the rest of the 2020 season. As such, the Steelers are available in the market for a participant who might conceivably play the same function in the course of the staff’s protection.

Therefore the information that the Steelers are visiting with safety-turned-linebacker Ray Wilborn, who’s 6-foot-Four and 224 kilos out of Ball State College.

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— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) October 19, 2020

Ray Wilborn Signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an UDFA

Ray Wilborn’s first probability to make it within the NFL got here with the Atlanta Falcons, who signed him in late April after he went undrafted. However he did not make Atlanta’s opening day roster, getting waived on September 5 when the Falcons lower right down to 53 gamers.

Then in mid-September he had a tryout with the Packers, however did not catch on with Inexperienced Bay.

And though he performed exterior linebacker and security throughout his final two seasons in school, it wouldn’t be a shock if the Steelers are projecting him as assist at inside linebacker, not in mild of how they’ve moved former security Marcus Allen to ILB.

As well as, one in every of Wilborn’s strengths is his protection expertise. As famous by Professional Soccer Focus, in 2018 Wilborn allowed the bottom passer ranking of any linebacker within the MAC (71.0).

Ray Wilborn was stable in protection for Ball State final 12 months and allowed the lowers passer ranking within the MAC.

— PFF Faculty (@PFF_College) Could 29, 2019

Ray Wilborn’s Profession at Ball State

Wilborn performed each linebacker and security through the two years he spent at Ball State. In 2018, he performed OLB for the Cardinals and led the staff with 83 tackles, together with 10.5 tackles for loss.

In 2019, he began 12 video games at security and completed third on the staff in tackles with 83 and fourth in passes defensed with six whereas additionally amassing an interception towards North Carolina State.

After his senior season he went to the 2020 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl (a post-season school soccer all-star recreation for draft eligible gamers) the place he showcased as a linebacker.

Changing Devin Bush within the Lineup

Within the meantime, the Steelers are optimistic that backup inside linebacker Robert Spillane can fill a lot of the void left by Bush’s absence.

Spillane performed 30 snaps on protection after Bush left the sport towards the Browns and made 5 tackles.

Snap counts, get your Steelers snap counts.

When Devin Bush went down, Robert Spillane got here in and performed the remainder of the sport — ended up with 30 defensive snaps.

— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) October 19, 2020

In keeping with Brooke Pryor of ESPN, he additionally wore the inexperienced dot on his helmet, answerable for the communications on protection, a job he’s anticipated to retain.

Robert Spillane on sporting the inexperienced dot Sunday when he got here in for Devin Bush: “It is comfy. I like chatting with my teammates throughout and pre-snap. … I felt like my teammates trusted me. They informed me Rob, ‘You belong out right here. That is what you are meant to do.’”

— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) October 19, 2020

Spillane actually made his presence felt on this play (under), when he punished Browns tight finish Austin Hooper.

Former Western Michigan inside linebacker Robert Spillane got here in with the HIT STICK for the Steelers at present

— Hustle Belt: Again in #MACtion (@HustleBelt) October 18, 2020

Spillane entered the NFL in 2018, signing as an undrafted free agent out of Western Michigan after a tryout with the Tennessee Titans. He spent a part of the 2019 season on Pittsburgh’s follow squad and was promoted to the lively roster after fellow linebacker Ulysees Gilbert III went on injured reserve. Spillane contributed seven solo tackles and three assists on particular groups through the last eight video games of 2019. Previous to Sunday’s 38-7 win over the Browns he had one solo sort out this season.

The aforementioned Gilbert might even have a job going ahead; the second-year linebacker out of Akron is on the roster however has been inactive for each recreation to date this season.

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