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7 Winners and 1 Loser after the Steelers’ 39-24 win over the Panthers

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After a game, we take note of certain players who performed well, and others who didn’t. This is where the Winners and Losers column comes in.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers won their third and final, meaningless game on Thursday by defeating the Carolina Panthers 39-24 in Week 4 of the NFL Preseason. While the outcome of the game means nothing in terms of the team’s standing heading into the regular season, many players are on the field trying to make plays to secure a spot on the team’s 53-man roster.

During this process, some perform well while others who fall short of the standard. This is where the Winners and Losers column comes in. After the game, when the dust settles, we decipher who falls into which category.

As always, feel free to comment on the list in the comment section below. Be a part of the conversation!

Winners

Joshua Dobbs

Dobbs did what he had to do in making it a tough decision for the Steelers concerning whether to release him, also improving his stock with other NFL teams in the process. Kudos to him for a great preseason, and now it’s time to see how things shake out this weekend:

Mason Rudolph

For as shaky as Rudolph was at times this preseason, he looked the part of a competent backup during his time with the Steelers’ offense vs. the Panthers. Poised and in control — even showing a little push back after a questionable hit on his run for a two-point conversion — I like this kid’s future, and you should too.

Matthew Thomas

If Thomas hadn’t solidified his spot on the 53-man roster yet, which seemed clear before this game, he certainly did so after his strip-sack and near-TD return. The play showcased his tremendous athleticism and play-making ability — something this Steelers’ defense lacks. Thomas will play a role on the team this year.

Tevin Jones

Jones might not have made the team with his performance, but he might have made the practice squad. Jones’ two — should have been three — touchdown catches showed some promise.

Justin Hunter

When it comes to the Steelers’ WR depth, Hunter is a part of this group. He made some nice plays on Thursday night, and he’s starting to show some consistency, which has been the biggest knock on him so far. This is great news for the everyday offense.

Overall Depth

From offensive line to defensive line and beyond, the Steelers’ have some quality depth. Sure there are thin spots like inside linebacker and tight end, but fans should be pleased generally with the performance throughout the preseason and realize this organization is still good at drafting and selecting players.

Football Fans

The preseason is over. Time for the real football to start in just over a week. Football fans rejoice!

Losers

Injuries

Not every player is capable of making the 53-man roster, but you hate to see injuries get in the way of a player making a roster somewhere. Malik Golden’s knee injury personified just how fragile a player’s chances are, and he wasn’t the only player injured. It’s part of the game, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. This was the only loser for me after preseason Week 4 — time to bring on the regular season!