However, even after meaningless games like this one, there were players who deserve praise, and some who deserve to be tagged a 'loser'. See who falls into which category as the team now heads into Week 1 of the NFL regular season.
Moats was playing against backups, we all know this, but he played extremely well in the first half of this contest. Moats had two sacks on Joe Webb, and both were extremely timely to end Carolina drives. Moats' performance could ease the pain of Bud Dupree possibly missing some time as he nurses a groin injury.
Fans were excited to finally see the top 2016 draft pick on the field in a Steelers uniform, and he did well for himself in limited playing time throughout the first half. Burns had two passes defended, and nearly had his first interception as a pro. Burns did make a few mistakes in run support, but didn't look lost or overmatched while on the field.
Alongside Burns, Davis has looked markedly better every preseason game this year. After looking lost and confused in Week 1, Davis seems to have a better grasp on his responsibilities in the team's secondary. He was around the football on more than one occasion, on both defense and special teams.
It would be tough to cut a player who is constantly around the football making plays. That is what "Dirty Red" has done throughout the preseason, and he put his best foot forward against the Panthers...hopefully on his way to a spot on the 53-man roster spot.
It is a shame Chickillo left the game with a foot injury, he was playing a tremendous game before being injured. Nonetheless, with Dupree's status for Week 1 in the air, Dupree is losing a golden opportunity to possibly be more than just a special teams player.
Again, injuries don't always place a player on the loser list, but Feeney needed the reps and left the game with a concussion. For the rookie out of Washington who suffered an injury earlier in camp, it looks as if the best he can hope for is a trip to the team's practice squad.
Steelers run defense
The Panthers averaged over 5.0 yards per carry, and regardless of who is on the field, there is no way the coaching staff will be happy with this performance. The Panthers didn't just run the ball effectively, they dominated the line of scrimmage. Easily putting the unit on the loser list.
Say what you want, but the 4th preseason game is painful. There is no other way around it.