The Pittsburgh Steelers will play on the road against the Carolina Panthers. Here are five players all fans must be watching this week.
It’s come down to this: the final preseason game of 2021. In just a few short weeks, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be traveling to face the Buffalo Bills for a daunting Week 1 matchup. But in the meantime, there is still much that needs to be figured out.
While many of Pittsburgh’s starters are set to sit this game out against the Carolina Panthers, the Steelers will soon have to reduce their 80-man roster down to just 53 players. Many players who are cut will be re-signed to the practice squad, but for those who are going to stick around, we need to see what type of impact they could potentially have on the team this year.
Here are five players that all Steelers fans should be watching in the final preseason game against the Panthers:
QB Dwayne Haskins
A sizeable fanbase on social media clearly wanted Dwayne Haskins to upset Mason Rudolph as the primary backup quarterback to Ben Roethlisberger this season. However, that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen, as the team stated that they will be resting both Ben Roethlisberger and Rudolph this week.
For Haskins’ sake, he needs a really strong performance against the Panthers. Not only does it look like Rudolph has already won the QB2 job, but recent reports from Brooke Pryor suggest that there is now a legitimate battle for QB3, as the team could prefer Josh Dobbs as the scout-team quarterback holding the clipboard as a game-day inactive.
To preserve his chance at a future with this team, Haskins needs to have a tremendous showing in Carolina. If he’s able to wow Pittsburgh’s coaching staff, then the team could potentially turn to him in a pinch if Rudolph gets an opportunity and doesn’t look good. However, the high hopes for Haskins have mostly diminished at this point. We will see what he can muster up in his final preseason game.