The Pittsburgh Steelers were victorious against the Tennessee Titans in Week 3 of the NFL Preseason by the score of 18-6. But that score doesn’t truly indicate just how well the black-and-gold played in Nashville on prime time television.
With the starters playing nearly a full half of football, Ben Roethlisberger moved the ball well and the defense looked poised to strike every time a Titans quarterback dropped back to pass. Yes, it is only an exhibition, but if this is a prequel of things to come for the Pittsburgh Steelers, fans have to be ecstatic.
After the game, Pro Football Focus (PFF) gave out some grades for both the offense and the defense for the Steelers. The lists below are the highest graded players per unit:
Top Offensive Grades From Preseason Week #3 vs Ten— PFF PIT Steelers (@PFF_Steelers) August 27, 2019
QB Joshua Dobbs (83.6)
RT Chukwuma Okorafor (81.2)
LG Ramon Foster (79.2)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (78.2)
QB Mason Rudolph (75.8)
RT Matt Feiler (73.7) pic.twitter.com/FUM5zqXiqJ
Clearly, the players who played the majority of the game, the backups, had a better chance of improving their overall grade. This would be why Joshua Dobbs had the highest grade for any Steelers offensive player.
While some of the offensive grades looked rather mediocre, the defense had some elite grades from their Week 3 preseason performance.
Top Defensive Grades From Preseason Week #3 vs Ten— PFF PIT Steelers (@PFF_Steelers) August 27, 2019
LOLB Tuzar Skipper (92.7)
NT Dan McCullers (89.9)
FS Terrell Edmunds (83.2)
FS Kameron Kelly (80.4)
NT Javon Hargrave (79.5) pic.twitter.com/H149PoyBXa
Tuzar Skipper’s 92.7 was the highest grade of the game, and further shows his dominance throughout this preseason. Skipper has registered a sack in every preseason game this year, and has turned from a camp body into a player the Steelers have to seriously consider keeping on the 53-man roster.
The Steelers’ defense looked younger, faster and more physical than in years past, and this too should have the fan base thinking lofty goals heading into 2019. However, before the games start to count the team has to prepare for the Carolina Panthers in Week 4 of the NFL Preseason Thursday night. In the meantime, let us know what you think about the Steelers’ grades above in the comment section below!