3 positive takeaways from Steelers impressive preseason win vs Buccaneers

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3. Calvin Austin is healthy and ready to contribute

It wasn't too long ago that offensive coordinator Matt Canada caused fans to panic after commenting on not knowing how to use Calvin Austin. While the comment was made in jest, it is reassuring to see that Austin should have a decent role in the offense this season. After a devastating injury stopped his rookie season before it could start, Austin seems to have not lost a step.

The University of Memphis product got to work in the second quarter on a pair of reverse handoffs, the first of which went for 17 yards. It is safe to expect more of those play calls to appear throughout the regular season thanks to Austin's speed and shiftiness.

Calvin Austin would hook up with Mason Rudolph for a six-yard gain in the third quarter after a handful of incompletions earlier in the game. Just two plays later, the pair connected on a 67-yard monster of a touchdown that showcased why the Steelers drafted Austin in the first place. Austin quickly beat his man off the line on a go route up the sideline, and Mason Rudolph put it right on the money to give the Steelers a 27-7 lead.

Calvin Austin would finish the night as the team's leading rusher and the leading pass catcher. Austin ran for 23 yards on two carries and caught two passes for 97 yards and a touchdown, via ESPN stats. That would cap off an eventful night for the young receiver. If the second-year speedster can continue to make plays like he did Friday night, the Steelers will hands down have one of the most talented receiving groups in the entire league.

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