There's just one preseason game to go before NFL teams get down to the real business at hand. For the Pittsburgh Steelers, competition at some positions is going to go down to the wire. Josh Dobbs will make the team regardless of his play Thursday. But the wire is here now for a significant number of players. BTSC suggests watching these five offensive players in their quests to play their way onto the Pittsburgh roster:
No. 39 RB Terrell Watson
Watson has been impressive so far in the preseason. His 4.7 YPC is far superior to Knile Davis' 3.7 and Fitz Toussaint's 3.1. Another stellar night could give Watson the nod over the vets.
No. 89 TE Vance McDonald
McDonald is making the team. If he suits up on Thursday, fans are going to want to get a glimpse of the man heralded as an upgrade at tight end for the Steelers.
No. 85 TE Xavier Grimble
Grimble has been a bright spot at tight end for the Steelers and seemed to be a cinch to make the final 53. But that was before McDonald arrived via trade. Jesse James isn't going anywhere, so my guess is that either Grimble or veteran David Johnson is on the bubble. Johnson is a blocking specialist, so Grimble might need an all-around great performance to stick and stay.
No. 11 WR Justin Hunter
With Sammie Coates' third-round pedigree and the special teams prowess of DHB, Hunter is presumably the potential odd man out. I think the Steelers may dangle Hunter (or possibly Coates) to a WR-needy team like Chicago, so he may be auditioning for more than Pittsburgh on Thursday.
No. 64 G Ethan Cooper
The 322-pounder from IUP didn't play in the Colts game. He may be a practice squad candidate, but he needs to impress on Thursday.