Defensive back Jordan Dangerfield has been with the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2014, and they will continue their partnership. Dangerfield re-signed with the Steelers to a one-year deal.
Dangerfield is primarily a special teams component for the Steelers. Although each NFL player long for a larger role, the NFL Regional Combine pioneer continues to embrace his role, and opportunity.
“Everybody wants to be a starter on offense or defense and that is still my dream, to be a starter,” stated Dangerfield, according to Steelers.com. “But I like my role. I think they know what I can do here. You are a starter on special teams.
“There is sometimes more pressure because you aren’t getting 60 snaps, you are only getting maybe 20 a game,” he continued. “You have to be perfect on each of those plays.
“I love the pressure. You only get one play. You don’t have time for any mess-ups. You have to go out and deliver on that play. We only get a handful of plays, a certain amount of plays every game, depending on how the game goes. You have pressure to be perfect on that play.”
Dangerfield ventured onto the NFL Regional Combine platform in 2013, a true pioneer from the process who played collegiately at Towson University.
Following a short stint with the Buffalo Bills in 2013, Dangerfield was welcomed by the Steelers and been dawning Black and Gold ever since.
The Steelers invested into Dangerfield as he was allotted the opportunity of being a member of their practice squad for a couple of years, and through some nagging injuries, the club still remained loyal to their young defensive back.
Dangerfield has been essential to the Steelers’ special teams, and through his progression as an improving defensive talent, he played in over 200 snaps over the past three seasons.
Dangerfield relishes for those defensive opportunities, however, making that huge play on special teams is he motivation to ultimately help the Steelers succeed.
“I just felt like we needed an extra push on special teams, someone to get that splash play,” voiced Dangerfield. “That miscellaneous play Coach (Mike) Tomlin always talks about that can change the game. We faced a lot of adversity this year, especially on the offensive side of the ball, so we were just trying to pick things up in that area.
“We should have had a few more splash plays, whether it was blocking a punt, taking a punt return back, taking a kick return back. Just making that splash play to change the game. I feel like we should have had at least one of those plays every game. I wouldn’t say I feel satisfied, but I was happy with the job we did.”