GAME TIME! Steelers football is back.
Although it’s just the preseason, there are some things that all Steelers fans should be looking at in these next two games.
Pittsburgh fans got a good look at a mix of starters, backups, and prospects in the first two games. In the third game, they will see even more familiar faces.
Last season, the Steelers almost accomplished it all. They won their division and went on an exciting playoff run only to run into the freight train that was the New England Patriots.
Now, Pittsburgh is even better — and have their eyes on even loftier goals for this season. It remains to be seen if they have the capabilities to take down “The Evil Empire,” but they have the best team they have had in a while.
Without further ado, here are the cheers, jeers, and fears for the rest of the preseason.
Martavis Bryant is back, and if you’re not excited about this guys potential, you don’t have a pulse. He has speed, hands and precision route running that will make him lethal in the passing game.
He was severely missed in the offense last year and was extremely hard to replace. Sammie Coates and Darius Hayward-Bey tried to take his spot but failed.
The addition of Bryant makes this offense one of, if not, the best in the league.
Another bright spot for Pittsburgh is their young and talented defense. Young players like Artie Burns, Sean Davis, T.J. Watt, Javon Hargrave, and Bud Dupree are going to have significant roles in this Steelers defense this season.
I could go with Le’Veon Bell here, but push come to shove, he’s going to be there in the end, and he’s the type of talent that doesn’t need to participate in preseason activities.
[Editor’s note: I strongly disagree. Hope Bell’s princess crown doesn’t get too dirty when he hits the field again.]
Sure, it would be nice to see him out there. Instead, he’s training on his own and most importantly not taking big hits in meaningless preseason games.
[Ed. note: I wonder if he can even handle playing a whole season – we wouldn’t know, would we??]
With that said, it’s time to end this holdout and at least get to practice.
My preseason jeers are for the tight ends. Pittsburgh has three tight ends that they use in rotation for different aspects of the game.
Jesse James is going to be the main pass catcher, while David Johnson and Xavier Grimble take on a lot of the blocking duties.
With all of these players, the Steelers are still lacking at the position. James is a good serviceable tight end who showed flashes of talent last season.
A tight end that can make plays down the middle of the field would be a huge asset to an already stacked offense.
It’s the one word that can strike fear into any fan base.
The biggest worry is if Ben can stay healthy for the entire season. There is little to no faith in Landry Jones or Josh Dobbs to lead this team.
Pittsburgh has depth at other positions that they could get by and eke out wins, but having Big Ben under center is vital.
If Ben can stay healthy for the entire season, I believe the Steelers will get to their 10th Super Bowl in franchise history.
Pittsburgh has what it takes to get to the promised land, but the Patriots are still standing in their way. With that said, I have to go with my heart.