Football is back, sort of, and although the upcoming Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tennessee Titans game in Week 3 of the 2018 preseason is technically meaningless, it doesn’t mean there aren’t specific players fans are excited to see.
For the first, and only, time this preseason, Ben Roethlisberger, Maurkice Pouncye and other starters will be taking the field, and there are plenty of players fans should be excited to watch on the field.
Maybe you haven’t kept good tabs on the Steelers this offseason? Don’t know who you should be watching? Here are 5 players to keep an eye on during tonight’s preseason fracas.
1. Bud Dupree — OLB
Dupree missed Week 1 with a concussion, and after the switch from left outside linebacker to right outside linebacker, fans want to see something flash from the former 1st round draft pick. Dupree played ‘okay’ in Week 2 vs. the Packers, but the improvement needs to continue. In a game where starters on both sides could play into the second quarter, Dupree will have plenty of opportunities to show his stuff against the best the opposition has to offer.
2. Terrell Edmunds — Safety
Edmunds didn’t have the best game in Week 2, outside of a stellar special teams play, and he will certainly be tested against the Titans when he is on the field. No one is expecting Edmunds to step on the field and be a starter, but the desire to see improvement from the team’s top rookie needs to be evident.
3. Ben Roethlisberger — QB
Everything you’ve heard from training camp is how solid Roethlisberger looks. He came into camp in tremendous shape, and his arm looks as lively as ever. Not only has he looked good, but he is more in charge now than ever. Time to see the progression of the offense, even though slightly in the preseason, with No. 7 under center.
4. Stephon Tuitt — DE
Tuitt, who has had injury issues, is healthy, but doesn’t look comfortable on the field. Cameron Heyward will be in the lineup for the first time, which should take some attention off Tuitt and give him more one-on-ones. Tuitt can be a force, and maybe the preseason hasn’t gotten Tuitt’s full attention, but if there is a time when it should...it is now in Week 3.
5. The Secondary
Outside of Mike Hilton, who has been ruled out of the game due to a lower body injury, this will be the first time the Steelers’ top secondary will be on the field. Joe Haden, Artie Burns, Terrell Edmunds, Morgan Burnett, Sean Davis and Cameron Sutton will all be out there, and the excuse of not having everyone available won’t exist. Time to show out.
Other players to keep an eye on:
James Washington — WR
Chukwuma Okorafor — OT
James Conner — RB
Joshua Dobbs — QB
Ola Adeniyi — OLB