The Dobbs Show
Joshua Dobbs made some good throws downfield including a very nicely thrown touchdown to Cobi Hamilton. Mainly threw to 1st read. Need to see him go through a progression more often, which lead to his interceptions. Dobbs played his best when on the run, would like to see him in the pocket a bit more. Play calling was very vanilla and blocking wasn’t great.
Dobbs: 8-15, 100 yards passing, 1 TD, 2 INT. 1 TD called back. 16 yards rushing. Sacked 3 times for -22 yards
Hargrave was dominant again in both the pass and run game. Penetrates the backfield with force and is so quick off the line of scrimmage. His snap timing is excellent. I cannot wait to see his growth throughout the season. Came away very impressed with him.
Covering Tight Ends
This seems to be an ongoing problem in Pittsburgh. I know, Ryan Shazier didn’t play, but that’s my point. Of the linebackers, Shazier can’t be the only one to watch tight ends. We can expect this to be a thorn in the defense’s side again.
Steelers will face these tight ends this year:
David Njoku (x2)
Larry Donnell/Ben Watson/Maxx Williams (x2)
Ben Koyack/Marcedes Lewis
Tyler Eifert (x2)
Arguably the player of the game. Hilton carried his ‘camp darling’ title over into his first game as a Steeler. Hilton ended up with 6 solo tackles, 1 sack and 1 fumble recovery. His speed and quickness was on display as he blitzed and pursued from the slot position. Was a force and around the ball on both defense and special teams. Bravo, young man.
Watt had 2 sacks and 3 QB hits. His first sack was a coverage sack in which the quarterback ran into Watt, still a heads up play by the rookie. Watt needs to add some functional strength as he was easily stonewalled. On his to-do list should also be developing a counter move and working back inside when being run up the arc.