What we learned about the Steelers in their second preseason game

Jonathan Dwyer isn’t going to lay down and die

Jonathan Dwyer broke off for a couple of good runs in this game. Dwyer even had a run that went for 23 yards. Dwyer totaled 68 yards on 14 carries. We’ve barely seen Le’Veon Bell and Isaac Redman play. The running back race is still quite intriguing, but I still believe Bell will be the starter.

Jarvis Jones is a playmaker

Jones has made a couple of big plays in his first two preseason games. Bell recovered a fumble last week, and this week Jones forced a fumble. Jones still hasn’t shown he’s that strong against the run. The race is still on between him and Jason Worilds; I still give Worilds the edge.

Guy Whimper isn’t a great guard nor tackle

Whimper negated a third down conversion with an illegal use of hands penalty. On the following play, Whimper allowed a QB rush, which led to a fourth down. Guy Whimper showed us last week he’s not a good tackle, and this week he showed that he can’t play guard. Whimper was manhandled way too many times against the Redskins.

Offensive line was notably worse compared to the first preseason game

Maurkice Pouncey was beat a couple times by Barry Cofield. Pouncey even gave up a sack to Cofield. Marcus Gilbert also had his share of issues. Gilbert had a tough time dealing with Ryan Kerrigan. Mike Adams wasn’t very strong in pass protection. David DeCastro and Ramon Foster were the only bright spots.

Emmanuel Sanders looked sharp

Sanders made two very nice catches above his head. Sanders finished the game with 39 yards receiving.

The 2013 Steelers look like the 2012 Steelers

The Steelers beat the Steelers on Monday night against the Redskins. The Steelers shot themselves in the foot repeatedly in 2012, and they continue to do that here in the 2013 preseason. The Steelers offense has also looked very ugly in the preseason. The Steelers look like they picked up right where they left off in 2012.

  • http://foxsports bob graff

    They are who they were last year minus[starting tightend,runningback ,guard , tackle, wide receiver ,noseguard , olb, conerback] all of who were very good players. Don’t kid yourself we lost a whole much of talent. This isn’t the steeler’s from 3 years ago at all.

  • John

    Foster was not a bright spot on the oline. he had no push in the run game and was driven back on almost every pass play crunching the pocket. What I saw was pouncey trying to help foster out and getting himself into trouble as well. There was no bright spot on the o line against washington. If they don’t gel and develop quickly, we may have a very long season.