Good Friday to you Steelers’ Fans!
If you thought the Steelers’ front office had some tough decisions to make before last night then oh boy… From Josh Dobbs to Brian Allen, several guys stepped up to make Saturday’s cut day even more difficult following the Steelers’ 39-24 win over the Panthers. Let’s good to the good news first.
- Dobbs was 8 of 12 for 151 yards and a TD. He looked as composed as he ever has and did a nice job of reading the defense and getting the ball to the open man.
- Mason Rudolph was 5 of 9 for 102 yards and two TDs and again looked a step better than a week before. He also showed some fire after getting hit late in the end zone on a successful two-point conversion.
- Tevin Jones grabbed three passes for 90 yards and two scores. I don’t think he makes the roster but could have earned a practice squad spot.
- Tight End Bucky Hodges had two very nice catches and showed some decent blocking ability. His number one attribute right now is availability and Xavier Grimble can’t say that.
- I really liked what Brian Allen did last night. He covered well and other than one bad whiff he tackled well too.
- Matthew Thomas continued to solidify a roster spot with six tackles, a sack and a near TD on a fumble return.
Tweet of the Day… You’ll forgive me if I don’t notice there’s four other people in this photo. (Good shot by Matt here of DK on Pittsburgh Sports)
— Matty Sunday (@mattsunday) August 30, 2018
Let me address the not-so-good…
- Ola Adeniyi played really well again last night but left with a hamstring injury. If it’s at all serious it could cost him a roster spot.
- Damoun Patterson also left with a bad hammy. I think he was destined for the practice squad before but this may solidify that.
- Malik Golden suffered what is thought to be a ‘severe knee injury.’ Best wishes to the young man. He’s had a nice camp.
- There were three atrocious personal foul calls involving hits on the quarterback last night. It’s the new normal folks. I don’t know what else to tell you.
OK. I know this is going to come off arrogant but I have to try and explain this regarding the quarterbacks. Many fans have seen both Dobbs and Rudolph get better and better and look really good at times. Because of this, they are assuming that they are both better than Landry Jones. Over time that may prove true. But when we are talking about the need for a QB to step in and finish or start a regular season game right now you go with Jones every time. He knows the offense better. He knows the personnel better and he has NFL experience winning games. This entire issue becomes moot if (god forbid) Ben Roethlisberger were down for the season because NONE of these guys is likely to get you to the postseason. None of what I said here means the Steelers wouldn’t trade Jones. If the right offer came in, of course you pull the trigger. The same could be said for Dobbs as well. Too many fans are thinking long-term right now. You have to think about the season in front of you first.
Tomorrow at 4pm is the deadline for NFL teams to be down to 53 man rosters. Expect a lot of movement and some trades over the next 24 hours.
Have a great Labor Day Weekend Steeler Nation!
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