The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Dallas Cowboys in the Hall of Fame Game. Here are my four biggest takeaways from the first NFL action of the season.
After a seven-month hiatus without football, fans got to enjoy some preseason action on Thursday night for the Hall of Fame game. The Pittsburgh Steelers ultimately defeated the Dallas Cowboys 16-3, but the final score is hardly a fair way to determine the success of a preseason game.
First and foremost, we wanted to see the Steelers escape this game without any major injuries. Though Chase Claypool and Kalen Ballage were both banged up at one point, neither appear to be serious.
We also wanted to see some positive play from young Pittsburgh players. Several camp stars lived up to the hype, while others were a bit of a letdown. Here are my four biggest takeaways from the Steelers win over the Cowboys in the Hall of Fame Game:
Alex Highsmith is legit
If you weren’t able to catch the game, you probably already heard about Alex Highsmith’s impressive performance in the first quarter. If you watched the Hall of Fame Game, then you already know exactly what I’m talking about.
The hype is real; buy into it. I know this is just the first preseason game of the year, but the sample is fairly large at this point. After impressing in place of the injured Bud Dupree late in the 2020 season, Highsmith was the star of Steelers training camp up until this point.
Now the second-year pass rusher has carried his impressive performances to preseason action. In just a few short defensive series, Highsmith earned a pair of pressures and a very quick sack on a graceful inside spin move. Expect big things moving forward.