5 Steelers make a strong case for themselves after win over Eagles

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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Anthony McFarland (26) celebrates his touchdown run with offensive guard Kevin Dotson (69). Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /

OG Kevin Dotson

To the surprise of many, Mike Tomlin said that Kevin Dotson would be running with the second-team offensive line after returning from his injury. Though Dotson was arguably the best offensive lineman on the team when he played in 2020, that apparently wasn’t a good enough sample to immediately insert him back into the starting lineup.

That could change as early as next week. While Rashad Coward was just so-so against the Eagles, Dotson was excellent. After going back and watching his snaps for a second time, it’s clear that he was one of the best players out there on offense.

While Dotson may have played primarily against second and third-team players, he didn’t struggle a bit. He was consistent in pass protection and anchored remarkably well, while still showing off the ability to move defenders on the ground.

This was a matchup I expected Dotson to do well with, but even with missing much of training camp as he nursed an injury, he seemed to pick up right where he left off. Dotson needs to be inserted back into the starting lineup as soon as possible.