It is the fourth, and final, preseason game. There is a certain amount of excitement which accompanies the final meaningless exhibition game, as the real thing is just days away. However, if you haven't been glued to the Pittsburgh Steelers training camp, and other preseason news, but want to know who to keep an eye on in the game Thursday night, we've got you covered.
Here are 5 offensive players to keep an eye on in the game down in Charlotte. Keep in mind the focus of this task was based on the players who will still see significant playing time in the third preseason game.
Xavier Grimble - TE - No. 85
Grimble is coming off his most impressive performance of the preseason against the New Orleans Saints, but the knock on Grimble has been his consistency. From Day 1 he has had days where he looks tremendous, and days where he doesn't seem to have a clue. Grimble took a big step forward against the Saints, and with the news of Ladarius Green being moved to the PUP list to start the season, he could lock up a roster spot if he were to perform well in this final preseason game.
Fitzgerald Toussaint - RB - No. 33
The Steelers running back situation seems settled, except for one battle. Toussaint will have to show his versatility vs. the Panthers in both the running game, but also on special teams, to prove he is worthy of the backup position when Le'Veon Bell is suspended, and the third RB on the roster when he returns. Keep an eye on Toussaint to make special teams plays, as well as good vision and cutting in the backfield.
Daryl Richardson - RB - No. 38
As stated above, Richardson and Toussaint are in a battle for a roster spot, and this could be a battle which goes down to the wire. Both players will have plenty of opportunities considering the odds of the team throwing the ball often with Bryn Renner in the second half are slim. Richardson can carry the rock, but his pass protection and play on special teams needs to improve. You won't find it tough to find Richardson on the field, he is the one with long flowing dreadlocks coming out of that black and gold helmet.
Sammie Coates - WR - No. 14
The Steelers won't be airing the ball out much in the fourth preseason game, but when Coates plays in the first half it would be great to see him continue his progression as a receiver. Coates has made huge strides since his two fumble performance against the Lions in Week 1, and just overall poor play in Week 2 against the Eagles. He played a very steady game against the Saints last week, and the hope is he continues on this upward trajectory to give the Steelers another weapon in their already loaded arsenal.
Landry Jones - QB - No. 3
Speaking of consistency, hopefully Landry Jones finds some this week. After a very solid game against the Saints in Week 3, it would help ease the pain and tension of Steelers Nation to see Jones come out and play a clean brand of football, making good reads and being decisive in his decision making. The Steelers are all-in on Jones as the backup to Ben Roethlisberger, and now it is time for Jones to prove he has continued to mature as a quarterback, even if he only plays in the first half of a rain soaked preseason game.