The Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions will square off Saturday night in the official Week 2 of the NFL Preseason. This game marks the third of four preseason games for the Steelers, expectations will be adjusted accordingly.
The veterans were not active in the preseason games. But, that should change for the third game. I have compiled a list of five offensive players to watch during the game at Heinz Field.
Ben Roethlisberger — QB — No. 7
Ben Roethlisberger is currently playing and no one knows how much time he will be on the field during this preseason game. Mike Tomlin said it would depend on what happens “in stadium”, but anytime No. 7 is on the field, and all eyes should be on him whenever he has the ball. How does he perform in this Matt Canada offense How does he deal with being more under center? What are the new wrinkles in his life? How does he manage the shifts and motions There is plenty to see…
Najee Harris — RB — No. 22
This isn’t the first game for Harris, but it is his first game with Roethlisberger at quarterback and the starting offensive line in front of him. He has shown sparks of brilliance, and I can’t wait to see what else he has in store within this offense. It should be an unforgettable experience to see him in front his home crowd for first time in his professional career.
Offensive Line — The Starting 5
If you don’t know it, this will be the first preseason that all five of the projected starters will be on the same field at the same time. It isn’t going to be perfect, but you want to see this group start to gel and get some game reps under their belts. This is a significant step for the offensive lines, and we hope they look solid together.
James Washington — WR — No. 13
Chase Claypool will not be playing in this game. James Washington will likely see more reps. How does the disgruntled receiver deal with the situation? Does he shine? Does he add value to a contract year? Washington might be a target for the NFL, so keep an eye out.
Pat Friermuth — TE — No. 88
Freiermuth was able to play his first professional game last week. His holding call that negated a nice Najee Hariri run was his most memorable moment. It wasn’t as if that was the only play Freiermuth made, he was really good for the vast majority of his snaps, but it will be good to see a positive response with a penalty free game and him getting in space more.
Benny Snell Jr. — RB — No. 24
Snell comes back off injury and will have to show plenty to solidify his spot on the team’s 53-man roster.
Kalen Ballage — RB — No. 29
Ballage was last seen plowing into the endzone, vs. the Dallas Cowboys in the Hall of Fame game. Can he keep that momentum going, even after missing last week’s preseason game?
Dan Moore Jr. — OT — No. 65
Dan Moore could be pushing for playing time before the end of the regular-season. If he continues to pound defenders like he has, it will prove difficult for the coaching staff to not give him a chance next to Kevin Dotson. Keep an eye on Big Dan.
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