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Carter’s Classroom: Chickillo’s the failsafe at OLB ☕


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Anthony Chickillo at OTAs - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

When the Steelers signed Anthony Chickillo to a two-year, $8 million contract, they locked in just the third outside linebacker on their roster who had played more than nine snaps with the team in 2018.

I wrote about Ola Adeniyi this week and the benefit of his combination of youth and upside, but Chickillo is the reliable veteran the Steelers need to back up T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree should either player go down with injury. The 295 snaps he played in 2018 accounted for more than 28 percent of the team's defensive plays.

He's no star in the making, but he's a role player who earned his keep by being a hustle player with a grasp on the basics:

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