Seven things to watch when the Steelers battle the Redskins

Will Curtis Brown come along?

Curtis Brown missed the Steelers’ opening installment of the preseason. Now, Brown gets his chance to show that he isn’t a push-over. Brown has not performed well in camp. Honestly, we’re likely going to see why it’s very important for the Steelers to have Cortez Allen ready for the regular season.

The Running Backs

Ah yes, this one is pretty obvious. Isaac Redman and Le’Veon Bell have been banged up in practice quite a bit over the last week, so don’t be surprised if neither one of them takes the field on Monday night. So, all eyes will be on Jonathan Dwyer, LaRod Stephens-Howling, and Baron Batch. The Steelers very well may cut Batch or Dwyer before the 53 man roster is set in stone. Dwyer wasn’t very impressive against the Giants; this game could be vital for him.

Punting Battle Part II

Brian Moorman and Drew Butler are neck and neck. Butler is a second year man out of Georgia, while Moorman is 37 years of age, and has a Pro Bowl appearance under his belt. This battle is looking like it’s going to come down to the very last round of cuts.

5th Wide Receiver Battle Part II

I’ve been beating the drum of Justin Brown for quite some time. I like what Brown brings to the table, and I believe he’s the front runner to win this job. Be sure to keep an eye on J.D. Woods and David Gilreath as well. Gilreath had a poor showing against the Giants; this may be his last chance to prove his worth.

Markus Wheaton

Wheaton was my favorite selection from the Steelers’ 2013 draft class. He didn’t shock and awe people last Saturday, but that may happen this week. Mark this down: With Wheaton in town, the Steelers may let Emmanuel Sanders walk after the 2013 season. Wheaton has the potential to be the best receiver on this team in a couple of years.

Jarvis Jones vs. Jason Worilds Part II

Jones definitely looks like a situational pass rusher after one week of preseason, and I’ve been saying that since draft day. He wasn’t particularly good against the run either against the Giants. Jason Worilds made a couple of stupid penalties last week, but he’s still undoubtedly looking like the starter at ROLB. I’ll be keeping my eye out to see how Jones plays against the run.

Shamarko Thomas

Thomas played mostly in the nickel back position in the first preseason game. I’m expecting to see him play more as a safety on Monday night. I’d like to see Shamarko’s name called more in this game.


  1. says

    First is the punting , It’s obvious Moorhman has very little left in his leg.There’s got to be a good F.A. punter. Dwyer is our best back right now. The o-line looks just like last years. Haley’s plays don’t work well with our personnel [you can say otherwise but the look on ben’s face speaks volumes] Like i have said before the defense should be good except for Gay.

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