B. J. Finney

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B. J. Finney
No. 67 – Pittsburgh Steelers
Position: Guard
Center
Personal information
Born: (1991-10-26) October 26, 1991 (age 26)
Wichita, Kansas
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 318 lb (144 kg)
Career information
High school: Andale (Andale, Kansas)
College: Kansas State
Undrafted: 2015
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Rimington Trophy Finalist (2014)
  • 3× Second-Team All-American (2011, 2013, 2014)
  • Third-Team All-American (2014)
  • 2× First-Team All-Big 12 (2012, 2013)
  • Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year (2014)
  • Lombardi Award Finalist (2011)
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Games played: 27
Games started: 7
Player stats at NFL.com

Benjamin J Isaac Finney II (born October 26, 1991) is an American football center for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League.[1] He played college football at Kansas State University for the Kansas State Wildcats.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Coming out of Kansas State, Finney was projected to be selected in the fourth or fifth round by the majority of NFL draft experts and scouts.[3] He received an invitation to the NFL Combine and completed nearly all the required combine drills, only missing the three-cone drill due to a back injury. On March 10, 2015, he participated at Kansas State's pro day and opted to stand on his combine numbers and only perform positional drills for the team representatives and scouts from 15 NFL teams. Along with Finney, Tyler Lockett, Curry Sexton, and seven other draft prospects attended Kansas State's pro day.[4] He was ranked as the third best center available on the draft by NFLDraftScout.com. NFL Draft analysts and scouts referred to him as a "plug and play" starter.[3]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 3 34 in
(1.92 m)
318 lb
(144 kg)
32 in
(0.81 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
5.25 s 1.91 s 3.14 s 4.76 s 23 in
(0.58 m)
8 ft 3 in
(2.51 m)
20 reps
All values from NFL Combine[5]

2015[edit]

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed Finney as an undrafted rookie free agent immediately following the 2015 NFL Draft.[6] Even though he was a highly sought after undrafted free agent, he opted to sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers as they were his favorite NFL team as a child. Finney's surprising fall in the draft was said to be in part due to team's fearing his arms were too short and that he lacked technique and athleticism.[7][8]

Finney competed with fellow rookie Reese Dismukes and veteran Cody Wallace to be the back up center. On September 3, 2015, he left during the Steelers' 6-23 loss to the Carolina Panthers in their final preseason game.

He was added to the Steelers' injured/reserve list and then released on September 5, 2015. On September 29, 2015, the Steelers signed Finney to the their practice squad after releasing Barrett Jones.[9][10]

2016[edit]

Finney entered his training camp in 2016 competing with Cody Wallace, Cole Manhart, and Chris Hubbard for the job to be backup offensive guard or center. He was named the third string offensive guard behind Ramon Foster and Chris Hubbard to begin his second season and the third string center behind Maurkice Pouncey and Cody Wallace.[11] On January 18, 2016, the Steelers signed him to a reserve/future contract.

On October 2, 2016, Finney received his first career start against the Kansas City Chiefs after left guard Ramon Foster was unable to play due to injury.[12] He finished the season with three starts in 13 games.

2017[edit]

He competed with Ethan Cooper and Lucas Crowley for the backup offensive guard position and competed with Mike Matthews and Kyle Friend.[13] Head coach Mike Tomlin named Finney the backup center to Maurkice Pouncey and the backup left guard to Ramon Foster to begin the regular season.

On October 15, 2017, Finney earned his first start of the 2017 season, helping the Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 19-13. He started at left guard in place of Ramon Foster, who was out with a back injury.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "B.J. Finney, C at NFL.com". NFL.com. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  2. ^ http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/bj-finney/7163a2e2-dc5f-4ed9-87e3-f05dedabf97b/
  3. ^ a b "NFL Draft Profile: B.J. Finney". NFL.com. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  4. ^ Gil Brandt (March 15, 2015). "Bengals coach watches Tyler Lockett at Kansas State pro day". NFL.com. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  5. ^ "B.J. Finney, DS #3 C, Kansas State". ourlads.com. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Steelers agree to terms with 12 rookie free agents". Steelers.com. May 2, 2015. Retrieved July 3, 2017. 
  7. ^ "VIDEO: Undrafted Free Agent Makes Emotional Announcement, Signs With Steelers". Pittsburgh.Cbslocal.com. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  8. ^ Jack Tolman (October 3, 2015). "Steelers Player Spotlight: BJ Finney". stillcurtain.com. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Steelers reduce roster to 53 players; sign cornerback Ross Cockrell". Steelers.com. September 5, 2015. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  10. ^ Ben Anderson (September 29, 2015). "B.J. Finney A Pittsburgh Steeler Once Again. This Time On The Practice Squad". steelcityblitz.com. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Ourlads.com: Pittsburgh Steelers depth chart: 10/01/2016". Ourlads.com. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Finney, Dangerfield, improbable starters for Pittsburgh Steelers". Retrieved October 2, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Ourlads.com: Pittsburgh Steelers depth chart: 08/01/2017". ourlads.com. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Steelers C/G B.J. Finney Carted Off Practice Field Thursday". 

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