Nine things to watch as the Steelers take on the Giants

The Punting Battle:

Drew Butler had a very inconsistent 2012 season, and now he has competition in veteran Brian Moorman. This race is very close; both punters have looked good. If they both continue to play equally well, I believe Butler will come away with this job.

5th Wideout Race:

Plaxico Burress has been sidelined, and the race is on between Derek Moye, Justin Brown, and David Gilreath. I’m very interested to see if one of these receivers separates themselves from the rest of the bunch. I’ve long been a supporter of Justin Brown, and I believe he can make this team.

Backup QBs:

John Parker Wilson has looked great in training camp. Will that success carry over into preseason? Also, we get to see the Steelers’ fourth round draft pick Landry Jones in action. And you can’t forget the hometown kid Bruce Gradkowski. I can’t imagine the Steelers cutting Landry Jones, but if John Parker Wilson continues to shine, the Steelers are going to have some interesting decisions to make. All 3 of these QBs are fighting for a spot on this roster, as far as I’m concerned.

The Running Backs:

We finally get to see Le’Veon Bell in an actual game. The hype behind Bell is tremendous. It’ll also be interesting to see how Redman and Dwyer perform.

Offensive Line:

I’m very interested to see how Mike Adams handles himself at left tackle. I believe Marcus Gilbert will be just fine on the right side. Also, be on the lookout for Kelvin Beachum; he might lineup at a couple of different positions tonight.

Jarvis Jones:

Need I say anymore? Everybody in Pittsburgh wants to see this kid in action. I’m not too high on him, but here’s his chance to prove me wrong.

Markus Wheaton:

I simply can’t wait to see what this kid can do. I’m more excited to see him play than any other rookie.

Secondary:

Keep your eyes peeled for rookie Shamarko Thomas; you may see him lay a big hit on a receiver tonight. It’s also going to be interesting to see how the cornerbacks perform without Cortez Allen and Curtis Brown. I’m very intrigued to see how Josh Victorian fares.

Returners:

Mike Tomlin has already said that young guys will get action as returners tonight. I’m ready to see Reggie Dunn in action.

  • http://foxsports bob graff

    I thought the o-line played ok, Stephens Howling showed a lot,Jarvis Jones showed he doesn’t have speed or instincts yet but does have heart and hustle, right now Woods looks like the best nose tackle we have,One thing they did learn which they should have already known is that you can’t match Gay up on any quality WR or it’s going to be a big gainer.And finally we need great special teams play and that certainly didn’t happen tonight. overall grade C