Pittsburgh Steelers’ soccer is again. So are our weekly winners/losers lists. The highlights and lowlights from the group’s preseason opener 32-25 win in opposition to the Seattle Seahawks.
Mitch Trubisky – Trubisky superbly ran the present the primary two drives of the sport. He displayed mobility and accuracy on the transfer, discovering a large open Gunner Olszewski to his left on the Steelers’ opening possession. Trubisky additionally prevented a would-be sack for a brief scramble. Ben Roethlisberger’s lack of mobility was apparent however it’s good to see a quarterback be capable to create together with his legs in a scenario like that. Trubisky did not simply maintain his head above the water. He is basically cemented his beginning spot within the common season.
George Pickens – What followers noticed Pickens do on his 26-yard TD is basically what he is executed all camp. Pickens tracked the ball and acquired each toes inbounds within the again proper nook of the top zone to place the Steelers up 14-0 within the first half. Pickens confirmed power in his arms and excessive effectiveness as a blocker, serving to flip good runs into higher ones. He must work on his launch bundle however he is a killer in these jump-ball moments.
Joe Haeg – Do not discuss offensive linemen too typically however Haeg was stable working with the two’s. Sturdy anchor in move safety and although he confronted backups, he outplayed Dan Moore Jr. on this recreation. Haeg ought to simply be the group’s swing deal with and a stopgap possibility ought to a starter miss a recreation or two. I anticipated a longtime veteran like Haeg to play nicely and he met expectations.
Arthur Maulet – Maulet, like Haeg, is a reasonably identified and outlined participant at this level. However he nonetheless performed nicely. He is finest in opposition to the run and when requested to play beneath routes, together with the third down cease on a slant over the center. He was regular off the sting in opposition to the run and blew up a few WR bubble screens.
Anthony McFarland – Good outing in an excellent summer season for McFarland and oh boy did he want one. He confirmed imaginative and prescient and burst and created when issues broke down. He completed the day with seven rushes for 56 yards with an extended of 24, bounding a third and 1 when all the pieces was washed down in entrance of him. Rookie Jaylen Warren ran with energy however fumbled and McFarland ought to nonetheless be forward of him on the depth chart.
Tre Norwood – Norwood was robust within the crimson zone on this recreation with a number of finish zone breakups. Huge time performs in vital actual property. Norwood has been used because the dime defender in coaching camp and his man-cover potential is getting him a spot on the sector this 12 months, particularly with another accidents in that DB room.
Steven Sims – Sims is a small/pace man and somebody who must make performs in open grass. That is what he did Saturday evening. He kicked issues off with a 38 yard punt return left facet and adopted issues up on a fast jet run proper facet for 38 yards, creating in open subject. He capped off an excellent week of follow with a stable efficiency contained in the stadium. A path to the 53 can be powerful however he is setting himself as much as nonetheless land on the follow squad as insurance coverage behind Gunner Olszewski.
Miles Boykin – One other receiver whose come on robust and carried that over to Acrisure Stadium (getting used to it but?). Boykin caught simply two passes for 17 yards however importantly, made a pair performs on particular groups. Forcing a fumble on a nasty choice by the Seahawks’ punt returner and following that up with a deal with on kick protection. With Anthony Miller sidelined as a result of a shoulder damage, Boykin moved one step nearer to that #6 WR spot.
Pressley Harvin III – Not typically I put gamers within the winners column who did not play. However Harvin joined Chris Boswell the specialists who did not see the sector tonight. That is definitely an excellent signal for Harvin’s roster spot. I believed he would’ve been on the market to see what he can do inside a stadium. It helped Cameron Nizialek did not do a very good job, both.
Kenny Pickett – Thought all of the quarterbacks regarded stable tonight to various levels however Pickett was good in his NFL debut. Nothing flashy however it did not should be. I needed him to maintain the soccer, look assured and managed, and be on-time together with his throws from him. He was all of these issues. That is a stable basis and one thing I am going to stroll away proud of for a primary time by means of.
I wrote that above paragraph earlier than the Steelers’ ultimate drive, Pickett main the Steelers downfield and connecting with Tyler Vaughns for the game-winning rating. What a option to begin issues off. Cannot ask for something extra out of Pickett’s debut.
Dan Moore Jr. – After a good exhibiting in camp, Moore had his arms full tonight. The Seahawks have toolsy move rushers and Moore acquired beat by rookie Boye Mafe that led to a Mason Rudolph fumble that he luckily recovered. Moore get further work alongside LG Kendrick Inexperienced. Hoping for a greater outing subsequent week from him in what’s a essential second 12 months.
Run Protection – Cease me when you’ve heard this one earlier than. Sure, the Steelers have been with out their stars and taking part in with backups. So was Seattle. Pittsburgh’s entrance seven struggled to get off blocks and rally to the soccer and did not fill the alley nicely sufficient. Seattle had success on the bottom from the second quarter on, ending the day with over 150 yards and averaging greater than six yards per carry. On the plus facet, the Steelers’ DBs have been energetic and aggressive. It sadly led to accidents to Ahkello Witherspoon and Damontae Kazee. Hopefully each are minor whereas Karl Joseph could possibly be a season-ending damage.
Mataeo Durant – The excellent news is Durant was wholesome sufficient to play on this recreation. He missed the again half of this week’s set of practices with an unknown damage. And he acquired into the sport forward of Grasp Teague. However he did little with the prospect. He was blown up and run over on a 3rd down play that led to Kenny Pickett being coughed down laborious. His first carry went for a one-yard loss earlier than giving option to Grasp Teague, who outperformed him. Durant did throw a pleasant block on a Pickett scramble late within the recreation, I am going to give him that.
Khalil Davis – I am going to eat a plate of crow for tonight. Anticipated much more from the Davis twins, Carlos and Khali, who each regarded good in coaching camp. I paid particular consideration to Khalil tonight and noticed him get washed in opposition to the run time and time once more, one purpose why Pittsburgh misplaced the road of scrimmage up entrance. The entire entrance seven was underwhelming from Mark Robinson (sans his compelled fumble free off the sting) to Buddy Johnson and others. Davis no less than ended on a high-note with a giant stick on the sport’s ultimate play.