4 bold predictions for the Steelers preseason game vs Lions
By Andrew Falce
With the Steelers third preseason game coming up, here are four bold predictions for when the team faces the Lions.
While every preseason game has to be taken with a grain of salt, the third game, where most of the starters play some, can be the most telling. Sure, depth charts can still change with one more preseason game on the horizon, but this game gives everyone a look at the projected starters and who comes in behind them.
No matter if the Steelers win or lose, this game should be telling for the 2021 season. Here are four bold predictions for the Steelers’ third preseason game against the Lions.
Steelers Freiermuth builds a connection
One of the Steelers’ biggest winners from training camp, Pat Freiermuth is really making a push to be a starter sooner rather than later for the team. He was a physical presence as both a receiver and a blocker and his hands were almost perfect. Tight ends have a notoriously tough transition to the NFL, but Freiermuth seems pretty pro-ready.
While he wasn’t overly active as a receiver in the first game, he gets the benefit of playing some with Ben Roethlisberger this week. Considering Roethlisberger loves checking down to his tight end, this week should be a great time for Roethlisberger to work on establishing a connection with the rookie. Ideally, the two will become regular targets during the regular season, but establishing some trust now is important. Don’t expect gaudy numbers, but a few tough catches when the play breaks down could be enough to cement this relationship moving forward.