Steelers vs Panthers: 3 Pittsburgh backups who could still unseat starters

Pat Freiermuth #88 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Steelers offensive guard Kevin Dotson (69) . Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /

Steelers LT Dan Moore Jr.

Watching Dan Moore’s tape coming out of Texas A&M, he looked incredibly raw. After joining the team as a fourth-round pick this year, he really struggled to handle Alex Highsmith throughout training camp. However, even with these issues, he’s been the second-best offensive lineman on the Steelers this preseason outside of Kevin Dotson, in my opinion.

Moore shows off his impressive athleticism with quick, explosive feet off the snap and has the ability to mirror edge defenders. He’s also been good at getting out in space and creating running room (something that can’t be said for everyone on the team).

While Moore still has a ways to go, I think he’s got a reasonable shot to change the coaches’ minds soon about who the left tackle should be this year. It helps his cause that Chukwuma Okorafor has been so bad this preseason – grading out as one of the worst players on the 80-man roster for the Steelers, according to Pro Football Focus.

Because Moore has played so well while Okorafor has struggled, one more very strong performance might be all he needs to warrant real consideration at left tackle this year. If he has another impressive outing against the Panthers, it’s about to get really interesting at left tackle.