An Unwarranted Slight at Cam Heyward

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By: Michael Stiffler, @Stiffeezy_ on Twitter
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ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler recently put out an article ranking the top 10 interior offensive lineman in the NFL. They reached out to more than 50 league executives, coaches, scouts, and players to help compile the list. To no one’s surprise, the Indianapolis Colts’ guard Quenton Nelson ranked number 1, but here is where I have an issue:

“Ever since I saw Cam Heyward whoop up on him, I’ve never looked at him the same.” – An anonymous defensive coach stated.

WHAT?!

As you can see Nelson did struggle a bit, which is going to happen when it is only his second year in the league, but give Heyward some respect! This isn’t some “guy” making Nelson look bad. This is CAM FREAKING HEYWARD who has been in the league seven more years than Nelson. In addition, in the past three seasons, he has been a 2x All-Pro (2017, 2019) and a 3x Pro Bowler (2017-2019). If that isn’t enough to convince you, look at his stats the past three years compared to some of the top interior defensive lineman in the NFL.

Cam Heyward
YearGGSIntTDPDFFFmbFRTDSkCombSoloAstTFLQBHits
2017*+15150032010124530151622
2018*1616003101085129221018
2019*+1616006101098351321123
Total47470012403029179110693763
Aaron Donald
YearGGSIntTDPDFFFmbFRTDSkCombSoloAstTFLQBHits
2017*+1414001501011413291527
2018*+1616001402020.55941182541
2019*+1616002201012.54829192024
Total46460041104044148102466092
Fletcher Cox
YearGGSIntTDPDFFFmbFRTDSkCombSoloAstTFLQBHits
2017*141400210215.5261511517
2018*+1616001101010.54633131234
2019*161600230103.5402614510
Total4646005504119.511274382261
Chris Jones
YearGGSIntTDPDFFFmbFRTDSkCombSoloAstTFLQBHits
201716710740006.5322210513
20181611115200015.5403551929
2019*131200410109362313820
Total4530211670103110880283262
JJ Watt
YearGGSIntTDPDFFFmbFRTDSkCombSoloAstTFLQBHits
20175500201511435
2018*+16160047000166147141825
2019880031020424159421
Total292900980202010073272551


He is arguably the second best interior lineman in the league behind
Aaron Donald (I do want to note I would take Heyward over all the others, the guy has been voted team captain since 2015, he is the heart and soul of this defense). I would just like more context and explanation to this quote because it just doesn’t add up! How does the coach truly feel about Heyward? Or was this quote placed out of context to stir the pot?

I think Heyward’s Twitter response on this matter put this best. 

I love how Heyward gave credit where credit is due with Nelson, but also didn’t back down from the notion that he believes he is an elite player as well.

I have a lot more NSFW feelings on this matter and how whoever said this is a big stooge and needs to take a good hard look in the mirror, but instead I will leave Steeler Nation with some highlights of Cam Heyward doing Cam Heyward things. 

 

 

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