Ryan Shazier
Ryan Shazier
26-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Pittsburgh Steelers
Out
Injury Spine
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Ryan Shazier in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a four-year, $9.51 million contract with the Steelers in June of 2014. Steelers exercised $8.72 million option for 2018 in April of 2017.
Contract tolled into 2019
LBPittsburgh Steelers
Spine
March 12, 2019
Shazier (spine) had his contract tolled for the 2019 season Tuesday, Bob Labriola of the team's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Tolling Shazier's contract means that he will remain on the Steelers' roster for 2019 and eventually land on the reserve/PUP list. He will also accrue seasons toward his NFL players' pension. The Steelers continue to support Shazier as he works to eventually gain medical clearance and resume his NFL career, though there's no chance the 26-year-old linebacker sees the field before 2020 at the earliest.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Pittsburgh SteelersSteelers 2018 LB Snap Distribution See more data like this
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Ryan Shazier's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 1"
 
Weight
230 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.58 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.21 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.91 sec
 
Vertical Jump
42.0 in
 
Broad Jump
130 in
 
Bench Press
25 reps
 
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NFL Draft: First Round Mock
March 17, 2018
John McKechnie offers his first mock of the year on the heels of a trade that shook up the draft order. Will it be Josh Rosen to the Jets, or does Gang Green have its sights set on a different quarterback?
Staff Picks: Backing the Patriots
January 11, 2018
Four of five writers like Tom Brady and the Patriots as 13.5-point favorites at home against the Titans, and two of them made New England their best bets.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Perhaps the most athletic defender in the NFL, Shazier brings sub-4.4 speed on a 230-pound frame, but durability issues undermined him for the third year in a row in 2016, limiting him to 771 snaps in 13 games. In last year's case it was a knee injury that caused the missed time, and prior to that he missed time with ankle, shoulder and other knee troubles. If he could just stay healthy, he would have top-tier LB1 upside. Seven sacks in his last 25 games show Shazier is a dangerous blitzer, and four interceptions over that same span say more turnovers should be on the way.
Shazier is the greatest injury risk on the list so far, but his upside is the sort that can swing championships in IDP leagues. It's likely true that Shazier is both the most athletic starting linebacker in the NFL as well as the one with the greatest combined upside for tackle and sack production. Limited to 667 snaps by a knee injury, Shazier finished 2015 with 87 tackles, 3.5 sacks and one interception. If you project those numbers over 1,100 snaps – a reasonable projection if Shazier plays 16 games – you'd get 143 tackles and 5.5 sacks. He has missed 11 games in two NFL seasons.
The Steelers had high expectations for Shazier when they selected him 15th overall last year, but nagging injuries wrecked his rookie season. An ankle sprain and a sprained MCL limited him to 258 snaps in nine games, and his stats were predictably disappointing. Still, Shazier is the most athletic linebacker in the league, possessing sub-4.4 speed and excellent blitzing skills. The Steelers wouldn't have picked Shazier so high if they didn't plan to make him a three-down player, so it's likely just a matter of time before he explodes.
Although Shazier is only a rookie, there are many reasons to think he'll make a big IDP impact in his first season in Pittsburgh. First, the Steelers didn't take him 15th overall to bring him along slowly – Shazier should play almost all of Pittsburgh's defensive snaps in 2014. Second, he has a remarkable combination of size and athleticism, boasting 4.4 speed at 6-1, 237-pounds. Third, he was incredibly productive at Ohio State, registering 258 tackles (40.5 for a loss), 12 sacks and seven forced fumbles in his final 26 games with the Buckeyes. The Steelers like to blitz their inside middle linebackers, and Shazier looks like one of the best. He might put up Daryl Washington-like numbers early on in his career.
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Won't play in 2019
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February 28, 2019
Shazier (spine) won't play in 2019 despite hoping to resume his playing career, Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
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Hopes to resume playing
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January 16, 2019
Steelers team president Art Rooney II said Wednesday that Shazier (spine) still wants to resume his NFL playing career if he gains medical clearance, Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
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Jogging for first time since injury
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December 5, 2018
Shazier (spine) has resumed jogging for the first time since he suffered a serious spinal injury, Stephen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Placed on reserve/PUP list
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May 2, 2018
Shazier (spine) was officially placed on the Steelers' reserve/PUP list , Teresa Varley of Pittsburgh's official site reports.
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Ruled out for 2018 season
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February 28, 2018
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert announced Wednesday that Shazier (spine) won't play during the 2018 season, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic Pittsburgh reports.
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