Steeler Nation, the Steelers second preseason game has been played with the Steelers losing to the Washington Redskins 24-13. Turnovers, penalties and mental mistakes once again ruled the day as the Steelers continued their sloppy, undisciplined ways most of the game. There was not much good to take from this game. The Steelers had better figure things out soon or it’s going to be a long season.
Now let’s take a look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the game…
Once again there was not much good to be found in this game but the play of rookie safety Shamarko Thomas continued to impress. Thomas played in the second half and led the Steelers in tackles with 6 and forced a fumble. Thomas is a big time hitter and with a little seasoning and experience shows the promise of becoming a big time play-maker for the Steelers.
Another player that continued to impress was rookie wide receiver Markus Wheaton. Wheaton who led the Steelers in receiving with 3 catches for 52 yards. Wheaton made a nice 45 yard grab and shows he has deep threat capability. It seems it’s just a matter of time before Wheaton sees time with the first team as the third receiver.
Other players who had a good showing was linebacker Jarvis Jones and running back Jonathan Dwyer. Jones continues to make progress at outside linebacker with 2 tackles and a forced fumble. He has shown a knack for being around the ball. Dwyer ran well most of the night and finished with 14 carries for 68 yards. He also had two catches for 12 yards. Dwyer did fumble once but overall had a good game.
Where do we begin? Let’s start with the offensive line. The starting offensive line showed little continuity and seemed out of sync most of the night. Mental errors continue to plague this unit.
The interception that QB Ben Roethlisberger threw went for a touchdown was bad. Yes the defender made a good play but Ben has to do a better job on that play.
Rookie running Le’Veon Bell made his debut but it ended bad after only 4 carries for 9 yards with a sprained foot injury.
The Steelers as a whole have played ugly. Sloppy play, penalties 8-95 yards and turnovers continue to be the main problems. The offense shows little flow or rhythm and must get on track soon. Once again I have to go back to the offensive line. The offensive line has so little depth that when the second unit is in there it really gets ugly. The lack of quality depth on the offensive line is becoming a huge concern. Someone needs to step up or the Steelers need to look else where.
The injury plagued running back situation is also getting ugly Isaac Redman, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Baron Batch and LeVeon Bell all have injuries of some sort. The Steelers need to get healthy in a hurry.
The Steelers have a lot to work on and time is running short.