Cue Aerosmith: Steelers Week 2 positional grades

Quarterback:

Ben Roethlisberger was very off kilter against the Bengals. Ben was high and off mark on many of his throws. Roethlisberger went 20-37 for 251 yards, one touchdown, and one pick. Usually Big Ben can handle pass rush very well, but that was not the case against Cincinnati. He couldn’t hit on any pass that traveled over 20 yards.

Grade: D

Running Backs:

Isaac Redman is a complete joke running the football. Redman simply cannot find lanes through which to run. Felix Jones was much smarter running the football, but he still wasn’t anything special. Jones totaled 37 yards on 10 carries. The run game is a mess, and will be all season long.

Grade: F

Receivers:

Emmanuel Sanders turned his play around this week. Sanders amassed 5 catches and 78 yards. Sanders caught a big pass on 3rd down and 8, and had a 43 yard catch and run. Jerricho Cotchery dropped a wide-open pass on a second down, and had another pass smack off his hands late in the fourth quarter. Antonio Brown caught 6 passes for 57 yards. The receivers were better this week but not by much.

Grade: C

Offensive Line:

The interior line played a lot better than expected. David DeCastro played very well in this game. Ramon Foster also held his own in this game. But it was a different story for left tackle Mike Adams. Adams couldn’t handle Michael Johnson. Adams constantly let Johnson put pressure on Roethlisberger. Marcus Gilbert was also very subpar.

Grade: D

Defensive Line:

I saw a good number of things from Cameron Heyward and Brett Keisel. Steve McLendon didn’t impress as much as he did in week 1. And this entire line wasn’t that great against the run again this week.

Grade: C-

Linebackers:

It was a very disappointing performance by these outside linebackers, especially. They couldn’t put any pressure on Andy Dalton. Lawrence Timmons played decently, but it was an overall average game for him.

Grade: D

Secondary:

Ike Taylor did a good job of covering A.J. Green, once again. Taylor also made a very nice pass break-up on the last play of the first-half. This secondary did have issues fighting off the two tight end sets, just as I predicted. Ryan Clark had a couple of errors in coverage against the Bengals.

Grade: C+

Special Teams:

The kick and punt coverage was very good for the Steelers in this game. Antonio Brown had a couple of nice returns as well. Special teams shined the brightest.

Grade: B

Overall:

What else can you say? Cue the Aerosmith. This is the same old song and dance for the Steelers. Strap in Steelers fans; it’s going to be a long year.

Grade: D-

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