There is a big difference between Week 1 and Week 2 of the NFL Preseason. Week 1 is more of a backup riddled game, but Week 2 is when the starters usually start to get sprinkled in and get more game action leading up to the regular season.
This per Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports:
In Week 1, offensively the only starters who saw the field were offensive tackle Matt Feiler, who played guard, and James Washington, if you consider him a potential starter this year. Defensively Terrell Edmunds and Javon Hargrave were the only starters from last year to see significant playing time vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Friday night.
This should change dramatically in Week 2, but don’t expect to see Ben Roethlisberger on the field. During Mike Tomlin’s press conference Thursday he said Roethlisberger won’t be playing vs. the Chiefs, but did mention the team will have a new starter under center compared to Week 1.
Joshua Dobbs got the start vs. Tampa Bay, but Mason Rudolph will be the quarterback to get the nod with some starting offensive linemen on Saturday night.
While only the backup quarterback spot on the team, the Dobbs vs. Rudolph battle has been highly contested and often talked about throughout Training Camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA.
To wrap things up, the Steelers will have more starters on the field in Week 2, and it is safe to say you could see a much more complete defense on the field but injuries could keep players like Sean Davis and Joe Haden out of the lineup one more week.
The Steelers will have their final practice of camp Thursday at 2:55 p.m., which is open to the public, before breaking camp and heading back to Pittsburgh for the remainder of the season. Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold as they prepare for Kansas City in Week 2 of the preseason.
To watch Mike Tomlin’s complete press conference, check the video below: