5 Steelers players who disappointed in win over the Cowboys
By Tommy Jaggi
The Steelers didn’t look half bad in their first preseason action against the Cowboys, but these four players did nothing to improve their stock.
There were a lot of positives to note from Pittsburgh’s win over the Dallas Cowboys for the Hall of Fame Game. Several young players like Alex Highsmith and James Pierre were quite impressive. As there always is, however, there were players who didn’t play as well as some would have expected.
Some of these players may have even hurt their positioning on Pittsburgh’s depth chart or have allowed other players at their position to close the gap on them. Here are five Steelers who disappointed in the win over the Cowboys:
QB Mason Rudolph
This wasn’t the worst Mason Rudolph performance we have ever seen (oh, it can get much worse), however, Rudolph didn’t do anything to sustain drives that turned into points for the Steelers. Though poor kicking from Sam Sloman is to blame for a few lost points, Rudolph was very mediocre in this contest.
A 45-yard catch down the sideline from Chase Claypool saved what would have been dismal production out of the fourth-year quarterback in this contest. While we can’t take that pass away from him, Claypool could have easily been called for offensive pass interference on that one and could have left Rudolph with just 39 passing yards on the night.
While Rudolph salvaged his numbers with that throw, nearly every drive he was a part of stalled before the team had a chance at putting points on the board. It’s early, but he looks like the same player we saw over the past three years.