The Pittsburgh Steelers are now 3-0 in the 2021 preseason. After their 26-20 victory over the Lions at Heinz Field, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin had his normal post-game press conference despite there being some technical difficulties. Therefore, it’s time to look at the players mentioned by Coach Tomlin during his media time. Remember these are current players where a specific question was asked during the Q&A period.
Seeing his first action of the 2021 NFL preseason, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger letd the team on two touchdown drives. Coach Tomlin was asked if he liked what Roethlisberger was able to do.
“I did. I thought he did a nice job. I thought we got what we wanted to get accomplished, get him familiar with administering the offense in an in stadium-like circumstance. I thought he did a great job in communicating. He made good and fluid decisions and we were able to move the ball.”
Rashaad Coward & Kendrick Green
Although there were some moments that weren’t as polished as others, there were a few members of the Steelers offensive line who turned in a decent performance Saturday night. When asked about the offensive line’s overall performance, Coach Tomlin brought up two players by number in Rashaad Coward (79) and Kendrick Green (53).
“I just thought in general, I thought that they really finished. It seemed like our pile was falling in the direction that we desire for it to fall. I thought guys were finishing with great effort, there were examples of that. You saw 79 down the field finishing the block. You saw 53 on several occasions really finishing. Hopefully that’s a catalyst for us as we move forward.”
After scoring touchdowns on both of his receptions Saturday night, Steelers 2021 second-round draft pick Pat Freiermuth had the fans at Heinz Field going crazy. Coach Tomlin was asked if Freiermuth showed why the Steelers liked him so much to take him in the second round in the draft this past spring.
“I don’t think he showed us anything different than he’s shown us throughout every component of this process even dating back to minicamp. You know, he made a very similar play in red zone work in minicamp, so I don’t think any of us are surprised by what he was able to do tonight.”
Dwayne Haskins & Mason Rudolph
While there has been a lot of buzz around the Steelers backup quarterbacks, there hasn’t seemed to be anything too affinitive to change the order of the depth chart. Coach Tomlin was asked about talk regarding Haskins emergence this preseason and how he felt Mason Rudolph has handled himself through three games.
“I thought both guys have handled themselves well.”
A replay of Mike Tomlin’s interview can be seen below.
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