You’re just as likely as we are to want to get to the regular season right? So rather than drone on at will, let’s give you what you need in a more “reader’s digest” style.
-The Steelers defeated the Carolina Panthers this evening 17-14 on a score from Josh Dobbs with just :02 remaining. Dobbs would finish 16 of 23 for 212 yards and a touchdown to go along with his game-winning scamper. While we must consider the competition Dobbs faced tonight was quite weak, I think he has garnered enough respect from the coaches to be used in an emergency situation. I still think Landry Jones enters the season as the backup but the distance has closed.
-I think one of Mike Tomlin’s mistakes this preseason was not bringing in another punter alongside Jordan Berry. This has not been a good month for the Aussie who has been terribly inconsistent.
-Terrell Watson certainly made his case for a roster spot tonight. 19 carries for 89 yards is nothing to sneeze at. If nothing else Watson has earned a spot on the Practice Squad.
-I know it’s hard but you have to realize the Steelers are doing a lot of very “vanilla” things on D. That does not excuse the poor tackling and inability to get off blocks however.
-I’m not sure what more Mike Hilton can do to secure a roster spot. The nickel is a very important position because so much info is relayed through it but physically Hilton has been really good.
-Justin Hunter, to his credit, did not fade away as he has seemed to in recent years and had a strong finish to the preseason. He had a 58-yard TD reception this evening and may have solidified a roster spot.
-Always good to see James Harrison get a sack.
-If you’re keeping score at home, the Steelers finished the preseason at 3-1. Keep in mind the 0-16 Detroit Lions went 4-0 in that year’s preseason.
-Newly acquired tight end Vance McDonald spent some pregame time catching balls from Ben Roethlisberger.
-Safety Jordan Dangerfield left with what appeared to be an ankle injury.
-The Steelers’ D did have four interceptions on the evening and had a fumble recovery by L.J. Fort who has done more than enough to be on this roster.
-Very classy tribute to Dan Rooney done by the Panthers this evening.
-Cuts need to be done by Saturday afternoon. I expect we will see some starting tomorrow.
On to the regular season!