Many of the rookies were a big part of the Steelers winning their first game and these players helped themselves the most on Saturday.
The Steelers were able to emerge victorious coming out of their first preseason game of the year. It was a shootout that saw both offenses seemingly take advantage of some poor defensive play for the most part. Either way, these offenses were able to put on a show and kept the people watching at home entertained.
Pittsburgh drafted seven players during the 2022 NFL Draft and signed a wave of undrafted rookies as well. Each one of them has been given chances to differing extents during their time at training camp. All of them are battling for positioning at different roles or roster spots to make the team.
There are some upcoming cut-down days that many should keep a close eye on as a number of players will be let go. The black and gold will head into game two with only 85 players on their roster as they continue to narrow down the talent that they are allowed to keep according to NFL rules. These rookies showed up big for Pittsburgh and they will need constant contributions from them to keep going in the right direction.
Kenny Pickett redeemed himself into a game winning throw
Kenny Pickett entered the stadium with lofty expectations from everyone watching. He did well for himself as he posted a great stat line that proved to be the best of all quarterbacks that played in the game for Pittsburgh. It was a special night as many in attendance welcomed back the former University of Pittsburgh starter with chants and cheers.
Pickett was able to bounce back and throw a game-winning throw in the fading seconds of the game to Tyler Vaughns. This happened after Pickett took a sack on a fourth-down play that led to the Seahawks being set up fairly comfortably to win the game. The game-winning play does not happen if Mark Robinson does not cause a fumble and bail Pickett out.
Jaylen Warren continues to push for the Steelers roster
Jaylen Warren has been the talk of training camp… well, besides George Pickens. This undrafted free agent surely has been the shocker in camp and is making a legit case to make this team. He might be small in stature, but he has been consistent and creates every yard gained that requires a hard-fought battle.
Warren is starting to become a clear candidate to make the roster, or at least the practice squad. He fought hard both in the run game and receiving balls as well. He squiggled for extra yards and was one of the best players on the field.
George Pickens was the best player on the field
George Pickens might be the best player on the Steelers offense now. One cannot discount the abilities that he has been able to show on a day-to-day basis for this team throughout the preseason process to this point. He is a special player that will become an instant favorite of fans that cheer on the black and gold.
The writing is all over the wall for Pickens to be the next great receiver for Pittsburgh and he showed that in the game. He made first downs seem routine and his touchdown in the back corner of the end zone was a glorious play all around.
Mark Robinson gave the Steelers a shot at winning the game
Mark Robinson is a player that has been having a good camp as he continues to show his physicality. He is new to the position so trying to iron him out more as a linebacker would still be in the cards if the Steelers decide to keep him around. He showed both his strengths and weaknesses during the game against the Seahawks.
Robinson struggled in coverage and seemed to forget his assignment at times. He also showed his strength against the run and during the biggest play of his football career. Robinson came in unblocked and caused a fumble to set up the game-winning throw from Pickett.