Pittsburgh Steelers vs the Broncos: 4 things to know about their week 2 matchup

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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Drew Lock #3 of the Denver Broncos (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

Dever’s Quarterback has a great arm

Denver finally found their franchise quarterback and he can certainly sling it. The Pittsburgh Steelers got after Daniel Jones a lot in week 1. They are facing another second-year up-and-comer in Drew Lock.

Drew Lock isn’t perfect by any means. But he can move. The Titans, even with blockbuster free agent Jadeveon Clowney, failed to tally a single sack on Lock all game. He showed incredible awareness in the pocket and moved out of it any time the protection started breaking down. He also spread the ball around incredibly well as 10 different Broncos caught the ball at least one time.

His favorite target last night was 2nd-year tight end, Noah Fant. Fant led the team in catches, receiving yards, and yards per catch in week 1. Lock found him in the endzone in the first quarter on a beautiful crossbody throw in the first quarter after escaping the pressure in the pocket and directing him. Fant is very athletic and would’ve been a star last year if he had not dealt with minor injuries all season. The Steelers did well at keeping Engram in check in week 1.

They are going to have to do even better against Fant, who I think, is going to be a star in the league for a very long time. It is also worth noting that they were comfortable throwing to 2 other tight ends, Jake Butt and former Steeler Nick Vannett. Vannett didn’t do a ton but Lock missed him on an easy touchdown throw in the red zone.

They have a plethora of weapons on the outside as well. Even with Courtland Sutton and rookie KJ Hamler out of week 1 with injury, rookie Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick both made some quality plays for the Broncos on Monday night. Another rookie who made some plays with 7th round pick Tyrie Cleveland. He had 1 catch for 7 yards but he impressed as a gunner on special teams.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are going to have to be more careful in 1 on 1 match-ups this week.