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The Pittsburgh Steelers won their third and final , meaningless game on Thursday by defeating the Carolina Panthers 39-24 in Week 4 of the NFL Preseason. While the outcome of the game means nothing in terms of the team’s standing heading into the regular season, many players are on the field trying to make plays to secure a spot on the team’s 53-man roster. During this process, some perform well while others who fall short of the standard. This is where the Winners and Losers column comes in. After the game, when the dust settles, we decipher who falls into which category. As always, feel free to comment on the list in the comment section below. Be a part of the conversation!WinnersJoshua DobbsDobbs did what he had to do in making it a tough decision for the Steelers concerning whether to release him, also improving his stock with other NFL teams in the process. Kudos to him for a great preseason, and now it’s time to see how things shake out this weekend:Mason RudolphFor as shaky as Rudolph was at times this preseason, he looked the part of a competent backup during his time with the Steelers’ offense vs. the Panthers. Poised and in control — even showing a little push back after a questionable hit on his run for a two-point conversion — I like this kid’s future, and you should too.Matthew ThomasIf Thomas hadn’t solidified his spot on the 53-man roster yet, which seemed clear before this game, he certainly did so after his strip-sack and near-TD return. The play showcased his tremendous athleticism and play-making ability — something this Steelers’ defense lacks. Thomas will play a role on the team this year.Tevin JonesJones might not have made the team with his performance Authentic Chris Boswell Jersey , but he might have made the practice squad. Jones’ two — should have been three — touchdown catches showed some promise.Justin HunterWhen it comes to the Steelers’ WR depth, Hunter is a part of this group. He made some nice plays on Thursday night, and he’s starting to show some consistency, which has been the biggest knock on him so far. This is great news for the everyday offense.Overall Depth From offensive line to defensive line and beyond, the Steelers’ have some quality depth. Sure there are thin spots like inside linebacker and tight end, but fans should be pleased generally with the performance throughout the preseason and realize this organization is still good at drafting and selecting players.Football FansThe preseason is over. Time for the real football to start in just over a week. Football fans rejoice!LosersInjuriesNot every player is capable of making the 53-man roster, but you hate to see injuries get in the way of a player making a roster somewhere. Malik Golden’s knee injury personified just how fragile a player’s chances are, and he wasn’t the only player injured. It’s part of the game, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. This was the only loser for me after preseason Week 4 — time to bring on the regular season! Ben Roethlisberger is well versed in the drill. When things go well, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is quick to deflect praise elsewhere.And when they don't, he's just as quick to shoulder the responsibility regardless of how many yards he passes for or touchdowns he throws."We take these losses on us as an offense, and me as a leader of the offense , I take it on myself that we haven't done enough to score enough points to win football games," Roethlisberger said Wednesday. "So, offensively we need to be better and we will be better."Thing is, on paper Pittsburgh's offense looks fine. The Steelers (1-2-1) are a respectable sixth in total yards and 10th in points heading into Sunday's visit from Atlanta (1-3).The problem is the success has come in fits and spurts. Consistency has been elusive. For every 21-point flurry — such as the one against Kansas City in Week 2 that helped them escape from an early hole — there have been large swathes of meh.And while coach Mike Tomlin is frustrated by his team's slow starts — the Steelers have been outscored 42-6 in the first quarter — the finishes haven't been great either. Pittsburgh has just one fourth-quarter touchdown through four games, a 3-yard dive by Roethlisberger in the waning moments against the Chiefs.The Steelers often look dynamic and vulnerable in the same half, a sporadic juggernaut that doesn't exactly have Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takk McKinley overly concerned.
The brash second-year player is eager to get a look at Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and the rest of a team coming off its worst September in five years."Big Ben, you know, he's one of the best quarterbacks of all time, but he hasn't seen Takk McKinley, and that's just me being honest," said McKinley Authentic Alejandro Villanueva Jersey , who already has five sacks this season. "So, great quarterback and respect him, but he hasn't seen me."There's no specific area that's lacking for the Steelers, though the running game has gone silent for long stretches since James Conner piled up 135 yards and two touchdowns in the opener against Cleveland. Rock bottom — at least what the Steelers hope is rock bottom — came last week against Baltimore when Pittsburgh managed just 19 yards rushing on 11 carries."I know everybody wants to see the run game and trust me, as an offensive lineman, we want to see it to," Pouncey said. "It's early in the season, things will come along."The anticipated arrival of All-Pro Le'Veon Bell — who told ESPN earlier this week he plans to report later this month — should help.Of course, that's predicated on Bell not changing his mind in the interim. Until Bell's familiar No 26 goes from hanging idly in the locker room to the field, Conner will continue to do his part. The issue is a lack of chances.The Steelers ran the ball just three times in the second half against Baltimore even though the game was tied at the break. That's not exactly a firm commitment to taking some of the load off Roethlisberger's considerable shoulders and giving the NFL's 30th-ranked defense a true breather.Still, there's also a point where running it for the sake of running it reaches a point of diminishing returns."You don't want to run into a brick wall, that's idiotic as a team Womens Le'Veon Bell Jersey ," Ramon Foster said. "We've got to be a team that understands the situation we are put in and maximize those."That includes creating a cleaner pocket for Roethlisberger to work in. The 36-year-old has been erratic at times. He was brilliant in the first half against Tampa Bay two weeks ago — when he threw three touchdowns to help stake the Steelers to a 20-point lead — and all over the place in the second half against the Ravens as they consistently disrupted his timing."There's a couple of times on film, if Ben didn't have a little bit of pressure, AB is going across the middle wide open," Foster said. "The thing that is going to help us more is just owning up to what we're doing and taking care of the small pieces."Having a defense that doesn't seem to find its footing until after it has given up multiple scores isn't helping. The Steelers have allowed opponents to score first in each of the past three games, developments that have rendered portions of offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner's game plan moot.Not that Roethlisberger wants to talk about it. Yes the offense has been forced to play catch-up a lot. But it's not as if there's no time left on the clock when these outbursts happened. Pittsburgh tied Baltimore with 2:50 left in the first half and didn't score again. That can't happen, particularly in a season where more points are being scored than ever before.There's time to get it fixed, yes. Just not as much as there was."We're looking at this next week and trying to get a win because that's all that really matters," Roethlisberger said. "If this has to happen it's better to have it early in the season than middle or late in the season."NOTES: LB Vince Williams (hamstring) and WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (ankle). ... S Morgan Burnett (groin) was limited. ... CB Mike Hilton (elbow) was a full participant, as was K Chris Boswell (left foot). ... Pouncey, Roethlisberger and CB Joe Haden were given the day off. Custom San Francisco 49ers Jerseys

Posted on January, 26 2019 06:56:25 AM

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