4 questions Steelers must answer in preseason game vs. Lions
By Tommy Jaggi
Will the offensive line hold up?
Depending on who you narrowed in on last week against the Eagles, the Steelers either looked good or bad – there wasn’t a whole lot of in-between. Upon further examination of the film, I thought Kevin Dotson was fantastic and quite easily Pittsburgh’s best overall offensive player of the game. I also thought that rookie Dan Moore did a very good job for the second straight week. However, there are still plenty of questions with this unit.
Against the Eagles, Chukwuma Okorafor graded out as the worst offensive player on the Steelers with an overall grade dipping below 45. Though he was often quick off the ball, he got himself out of position at times and had some pretty sloppy technique. Okorafor didn’t provide much of a push in the run game either.
Kendrick Green was better overall but had some of the ugliest plays of the night. If you watched the game in its entirety, I’m sure you saw him on skates – getting walked back into the quarterback a few times. This is something that he has really struggled with against bigger, stronger defensive linemen at training camp as well.
In order for this offensive line to be an improvement over the one we had last year, we really need to start seeing some signs of life from the guys upfront. Now that all of the starters will finally get some quality time playing alongside each other in the first half of the game against the Lions, we hope to see much better results.