5 Steelers make a strong case for themselves after win over Eagles
By Tommy Jaggi
The Pittsburgh Steelers had several notable names following their win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Here are the players who stood out the most.
After a sloppy game against the Dallas Cowboys last week, there were a number of Steelers players who still had a lot to prove. Though many struggled against the Eagles in their second contest, others really stepped up to the plate.
I take preseason performances with a grain of salt, as the game plan is vanilla and the situation is a bit different for each player. However, there were five guys who really stood out to me in Pittsburgh’s preseason win vs the Eagles:
OT Dan Moore Jr.
The Steelers have said nothing about having an open competition at the left tackle position – this is Chukwuma Okorafor’s job to lose. While I thought Chuks looked pretty good in pass protection against the Eagles, Dan Moore Jr. was even better.
After going back and re-watching the game, Moore looked excellent. He was remarkably quick off the ball and his smooth athletic traits were on display all game. I thought he anchored very well and did a good job getting out in space and landing key blocks in the run game.
According to Pro Football Focus, Dan Moore is the highest-graded player in preseason so far, as of the morning of August 13th. While these are exhibition games, that’s quite the accomplishment from the fourth-round rookie. Moore may not play unless there is an injury, but he’s making an awfully strong case for himself the past two weeks.