4 winners and 3 losers from Steelers 38-29 win vs. Eagles
Winner: Kevin Dotson
While he did have a holding penalty, rookie Kevin Dotson was a force against a talented Eagles defense. Coming in for the injured David DeCastro, Dotson was given the tall task of blocking Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave, and Malik Jackson, and he held his own. Cox especially was on a tear early on, but Dotson came in and prevented him from altering the game.
Funnily enough, the run game actually had more problems than the passing game. Considering Dotson was considered a mauling run blocker without much finesse as a pass blocker, this is a good sign for his development. He had similar success in his first start, both opening up running lanes and keeping the QB free of pressure. The Eagles were the only team in the NFL with more sacks, and Dotson proved that he can hold up with the best of them.
Considering Dotson was only a fourth-round pick this year, it is a great sign that he has progressed so much so early. Considering three of the Steelers starters on the offensive line are free agents next year, having a capable plug and play starter in Dotson will be huge. This draft class has looked great so far, and Dotson is showing the NFL that he deserves to be a higher pick than where he ultimately went.