With the Pittsburgh Steelers concluding their 2017 preseason with a 17-14 come-from-behind win over the Carolina Panthers, tune-up time is all over except for the usual, red-tag clearance sale. All preseason long, BTSC has been assigning grades after each exhibition contest. Frankly, I can't wait for the regular season because grading a 53-man squad will be so much less arduous.
Let's take a look at the report cards for preseason Week 4.
Landry Jones looked like Landry Jones and that's nothing to tweet home about, but the maturation of Joshua Dobbs continued. While he was far from perfect (16-23 212 yards 1 TD/0 INT), Dobbs led the team masterfully downfield twice in the waning minutes of the game. The first drive was squandered by Cobi Hamilton's fumble at the goal line but, on the final drive, a pass to Marcus Tucker (5 receptions for 83 yards) and the subsequent scoring run out of the pocket by Dobbs iced the game. Terrell Watson (89 yards on 19 carries for 4.6 YPC) once again staked his claim to make the team. His impressive night currently has him very close to making the roster, with both Knile Davis and Fitz Toussaint having been released. Justin Hunter had a nice night (3 receptions for 75 yards) had a nice night with his TD grab, but Sammie Coates looked lackadaisical in battle. The offense looked decent, but the grade is only a B- due to the fact that the team couldn't capitalize on a multitude of turnovers forced by the defense.
Honor Roll: Josh Dobbs, Justin Hunter, Marcus Tucker, Matt Feiler and Terrell Watson
Detention: Sammie Coates
Expelled: Knile Davis, Cobi Hamilton and Fitz Toussaint
Despite surrendering two first-half touchdowns, the defense shut down the Panthers in the second half. With three picks and a fumble recovery, the defense had a nice night. The unit allowed the team to win by stopping the Panthers in only 13 seconds late in the game. The only thing that marred the night were injuries to Malik Golden, Cam Sutton and Jordan Dangerfield.
Honor Roll: Jacob Hagen, Matt Galambos, Brian Allen, James Harrison and Malik Golden
Special Teams: C
Demarcus Ayers looked pretty decent on return duty in the second half. His late return gave the Steelers good field position for the winning drive. Trey Williams’ muff of a punt might have squashed his chances to make the team.
Honor Roll: Demarcus Ayers
Detention: Trey Williams