Steelers need to keep their rookies involved
A bright spot for the Steelers this past week was the rookie usage the team employed against the Titans. Despite this draft class being one of the most hyped ones in recent memory, it was a slow start for the class. Keeanu Benton was the only player getting consistent reps at first despite some highlights from other players.
Joey Porter has consistently played well and was finally announced as a starter this week. He has been as close to perfect from a rookie perspective as you could want. Penalties were an issue this week, but he is still dynamic in coverage.
The team also saw Broderick Jones get his second start, and once again he looked good. So did Darnell Washington, who netted his second reception and got back on track as a blocker. Add in the surprise work from pickup Darius Rush and this entire team had their rookies on display this past week and to good effect.
There will certainly be some lumps. Porter will eventually have a bad game, Rush needs to grow, and Jones was a raw prospect coming out of Georgia. That said, this class has the potential to be one of the best in recent years. Porter and Benton need to continue to start while Jones, Rush, and Washington need to be given opportunities to show their growth.