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Arthur Moats | Linebacker | #55

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/14/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 246
College: James Madison
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 6 (178) / BUF
Contract: view contract details

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Steelers OLB Arthur Moats is out for the game in the Divisional Round with a pectoral injury.
Moats was taken to the locker room in the first half. He was declared out as the third quarter began, suggesting Moats may have been diagnosed with a severe injury. Moats is primarily an edge-setting early-down linebacker. Sun, Jan 17, 2016 06:21:00 PM

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Coach Mike Tomlin said the Steelers view Arthur Moats and James Harrison as their starting outside linebackers at this point in camp.

Moats is primarily an edge setter, while Harrison is 37 years old. The Steelers need Jarvis Jones and first-round pick Bud Dupree to make bigger impacts than they have so far in practice. Jones may simply be athletically incapable of becoming a big-time pass rusher, however, while Dupree was not even a big-time pass rusher in college. This defense is going to struggle in 2015.
Sun, Aug 9, 2015 08:18:00 AM

Steelers re-signed LB Arthur Moats to a three-year, $7.5 million contract.

Moats, 27, can play both outside and inside linebacker. He spent 2014 on the outside, earning high marks from PFF for both his run and pass defense. He chipped in four sacks and two forced fumbles. Also a special teams contributor, Moats will try to earn back a place in Pittsburgh's linebacker rotation.
Mon, Mar 9, 2015 01:40:00 PM

Free agent LB Arthur Moats hopes to be back with the Steelers next season.

Moats is a rare dual threat, receiving positive grades from Pro Football Focus as both a pass rusher and run stopper. Playing primarily outside linebacker for the first time in his pro career, 27-year-old Moats finished with four sacks and 23 tackles last season. Given his versatility and Pittsburgh's lack of linebacker depth, a reunion makes sense for both sides.
Fri, Feb 27, 2015 12:14:00 PM

Steelers signed ILB Arthur Moats, formerly of the Bills, to a one-year contract.

Rotoworld's No. 1 remaining free-agent inside linebacker, Moats will get a shot to start opposite Lawrence Timmons. A 12-game starter last season, Moats notched 54 tackles across only 301 snaps, performing as an able run-plugger. He turned 26 earlier this month.
Mon, Mar 24, 2014 02:12:00 PM

Free agent ILB Arthur Moats will visit the Steelers on Monday.

It will be Moats' first action of free agency, though the Browns have reportedly been sniffing around the 26-year-old. The Steelers have a vacancy next to Lawrence Timmons. Moats is our top remaining free-agent inside 'backer.
Sun, Mar 23, 2014 11:39:00 AM

ESPN Cleveland suggests free agent ILB Arthur Moats as a fit for the Browns.

The dots easily connect here. Moats played for new Browns head coach Mike Pettine and DC Jim O'Neil in Buffalo last year, making 12 starts at inside linebacker. The Browns also have a need after letting D'Qwell Jackson go.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 08:56:00 AM

In addition to Nigel Bradham and rookie Kiko Alonso, the Bills expect Arthur Moats to be in the mix for snaps at inside linebacker.

The Bills may run a base 4-3 under Mike Pettine, but they will be multiple and could wind up using a three-ILB rotation. "We got Moats there in the middle -- he can play two spots," explained GM Buddy Nix. "We got Kiko Alonso in there -- he can play two spots. Nigel Bradham can play Will or Mike." Expect Alonso to be the only Buffalo inside linebacker that flirts with IDP value.
Tue, Apr 30, 2013 11:11:00 AM considers Arthur Moats a candidate to move to inside linebacker.

Moats has mostly been an outside linebacker to this point, so the versatility should only increase his chances of keeping his roster spot. His exact role remains up in the air in new DC Mike Pettine's 3-4 defense. Moats is set to make $1.32 million in 2013, the final year of his rookie contract.
Sat, Apr 13, 2013 08:07:00 PM

Bills OLB Arthur Moats' base salary will be up from $575,000 to $1.323 million in 2013 after he hit escalators in his rookie contract.

Moats appeared in 14 games in 2012, opening the season as the starting strong-side linebacker. He was later replaced in the lineup by intriguing rookie Nigel Bradham. Moats also has the ability to play defensive end, and his role in new DC Mike Pettine's defense remains up in the air.
Wed, Jan 30, 2013 12:42:00 AM

Bills LB Arthur Moats suffered an ankle injury in Buffalo's Week 15 loss, and is done for the season.

The reserve linebacker likely suffered a high-ankle sprain against the Seahawks, which wouldn't heal in time to return for the final two weeks of the season. Moats started four of the Bills' first five games, but was back on the bench for good by Week 6. The former sixth-round pick will be in the final year of his rookie deal next season. Whether or not he returns to Buffalo will likely depend on what the Bills do with coach Chan Gailey and GM Buddy Nix.
Mon, Dec 17, 2012 03:41:00 PM

Bills LB Arthur Moats could see some snaps at defensive end in Sunday's game against the Jags.

With Chris Kelsay and Mark Anderson both out, Buffalo has just Kyle Moore, Shawne Merriman and Mario Williams at defensive end. Moats has experience playing the position from his college days at James Madison, and practiced with the defensive line on Friday. "He’s a linebacker, but if you get in a pinch he needs to know what to do. So we worked him for a few snaps in practice this week just in case something has to happen there," said coach Chan Gailey.
Sat, Dec 1, 2012 09:41:00 AM

Bills DC Dave Wannstedt says Arthur Moats is already ahead of Kirk Morrison at strong-side linebacker.

Moats will start Thursday's preseason opener. Although Morrison was billed as the pre-camp favorite, we're not surprised Moats overtook him because he offers superior athleticism and big-play ability. While the SAM backer is unlikely to accrue IDP value, he certainly could boost Buffalo's fantasy defense. With Mario Williams in the fold, it's more appealing than one might think.
Tue, Aug 7, 2012 10:35:00 AM

Arthur Moats is in the mix for the Bills' starting strong-side linebacker job.

Kirk Morrison was believed to be locked in, but a strong offseason has put Moats in the conversation. A sixth-round pick in 2010, the 6'2/250 Moats has five career sacks in 29 games. Morrison is still considered the favorite for now.
Sun, Aug 5, 2012 10:26:00 AM

Arthur Moats practiced at strong-side linebacker and as a nickel middle 'backer during Bills spring workouts.

Moats has experience inside from his ILB days in the old 3-4. He'd probably be an interior, stand-up pass rusher if used at middle linebacker in the new 4-3. Moats will be a reserve regardless, as Kirk Morrison appears locked in as the starter on the strong side. Moats has yet to shed his 'tweener label in Buffalo.
Mon, Jun 25, 2012 01:38:00 PM