Good Friday to you Steelers’ Fans.
For the first time since early January the Pittsburgh Steelers will take the field tonight in a game. No, the game doesn’t mean anything in terms of wins and losses but it means a ton for many of us. It’s a re-birth of sorts. All of the off-season crap is behind us. The summer was drama-free and the first weeks of Training Camp have been all about football and little else. Tonight when the Steelers host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers it will likely elicit and terrific sigh of relief as our guys are back. Maybe that sounds too dramatic but I think that’s what this gameday feels like. I’m glad it’s here and I’m thrilled to watch so many new guys bust their rear ends to show what they can do. Check out Cnic’s 53-man roster projection right here!
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Tweet of the Day… I’ve seen this type of thing before but that doesn’t mean it still isn’t bizarre.
Did Adam Gase just take smelling salts before a preseason game? pic.twitter.com/gVINzrkcjW
— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) August 8, 2019
Lessons From Last Night
There were 11 preseason games last night and not one of those games means anything. Unless maybe you’re the Lions who were downright awful against New England but I digress… Point being that whatever happens tonight inside Heinz Field is not to be taken as gospel. These games are about player evaluation. Do guys know what they are doing? Are they able to think on the move? How do they handle adversity? Can he block? Can he cover? Can he tackle? Does he know the damn play?? That’s what is going to be looked at tonight, not the scoreboard.
The Five Guys I’m Watching Tonight
Fred Johnson, Guard – This large man has had a very nice Camp so far and is pushing to make the roster. Let’s see him under the lights tonight.
Devlin Hodges, Quarterback – The UDFA Rookie has looked like a veteran at times in Camp and has great touch on his passes. Can he push for the number three job?
Ola Adeniyi, OLB – I already know this guy can rush the passer. What I need to see is him be able to set the edge against the run and drop into coverage when necessary.
Justin Layne, CB – With Joe Haden nursing a sore ankle, we should get a pretty good look at the rookie. I’m anxious to see if his game translates well to the NFL.
Kam Kelly, FS – Kelly has a job for the taking right in front of him. The backup job behind Sean Davis can be his if his solid Camp continues into the games. He needs to show he can patrol the center of the field and get guys where they need to be.
Our WPIAL Coverage Rolls on!
Brentaro has a profile on Derry Area Offensive Tackle/Defensive End Gavin Adams and Ian has his latest Conference Preview!
Have a great weekend Steeler Nation!
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