Who were the players to highlight in the Pittsburgh Steelers first preseason game?
The Steelers won their first preseason game 20-12. What were the key storylines that emerged in this game?
Most Valuable Player
T.J. Watt was the most exciting player of the night. He opened the game up with a sack on third down, the first possession of his career. He followed it up with his second sack of the game on his very next pass rush. Watt played almost the entirety of the game and was a noticeable presence out there for every snap. It was not the prettiest sacks, but Watt was swatting passes, playing in coverage, making tackles and disrupting the pocket all night. The arrow is pointing up for Watt.
Arthur Moats had a great game as well, and Mike Hilton made two big plays. However, in terms of upside, and how promising he looked, Watt was the most valuable player here.
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Least Valuable Player
It is not the circumstances he would typically be in, but you would have liked to see Jesse James step up and be a reliable safety blanket for an antsy Joshua Dobbs. With the release of Ladarius Green, James has a lot of weight on his shoulders. As one of the only skill player starters to be in the game, he had a chance to prove that he could be there and would be relied on as that always open target. He did not do that tonight, which is a bit of a disappointment.
Play of the Game
While Watt brought most of the excitement, the most exciting play had to be Joshua Dobbs unloading and throwing a deep ball to Cobi Hamilton and connecting on a 28-yard touchdown.
— SteelerNation (@SteeIerNation) August 12, 2017
Dobbs had some struggles in the game but also bounced back in a big way. It was comforting to see that in the heat of the two-minute drill while getting the ball off of a turnover that Dobbs was able to stay cool, make the right read and the perfect connection to Hamilton. It shows you the raw potential that you need to see to invest development in.