Matt Feiler’s 2nd NFL start at right tackle resulted the same as his 1st: a Steelers win

November 20, 2018

Characteristically quiet and never overly comfortable in the spotlight, Matt Feiler awkwardly searched for the polite words to relay to a reporter in evaluating his play during his second NFL start at right tackle.

“As the game went on, I felt more and more confident,” the Pittsburgh Steelers reserve swing lineman said the day after he played every offensive snap of a 33-18 win against Cleveland. “It felt pretty good.”

Five weeks earlier, Feiler had made his second NFL regular-season start but his first at right tackle and first in a meaningful game (he started the 2017 season finale at guard). The Steelers also won that game - 30-27 at Tampa Bay.

Feiler, who’s in his fourth season as part of the organization, earned rave reviews - including a game ball - after that one. He didn’t get the same treatment this time, but his play was similarly “above the line:” according to Pro Football Focus, Feiler allowed no sacks and two hurries/pressures in each.

“I think the Tampa game was something I could look back on,” Feiler said, “and kind of settle myself down, calm myself down and talk my way through certain things.”

Feiler started both games because of injury to Marcus Gilbert; Gilbert did not practice all of last week because of a knee injury. His status is unknown for this coming Sunday’s game at the Baltimore Ravens.

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