Solid QB, WR Play Highlight End of Steelers Preseason

Another preseason is in the books for the Steelers, and amid costly injuries to key players on the squad, Pittsburgh has a great deal of positivity with which to enter the regular season against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, September 9th. One of the most promising notes from the Steelers’ Thursday night victory over the Panthers was the QB play — not from Roethlisberger, but from third QB Charlie Batch. While the final preseason game is traditionally the last chance for team management to determine last-minute player cuts, Batch gave the Steelers a good reason to consider rolling with three quarterbacks this season.

With Mike Wallace still nursing an injury, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders also turned in a bright performance on Thursday that should secure him a starting slot position in the regular season, once Mike Wallace returns. But Emmanuel Sanders looks healthy, powerful, and ready to help cement what’s fast becoming the most dangerous and dynamic group of receivers in the NFL, perhaps catching balls thrown by three dynamic and dangerous QBs.

But the Steelers also had some potential wakeup calls that could influence cuts before the regular season. While undrafted rookie Robert Golden played solid defensive football against the Panthers, becoming a standout in the victory. Meanwhile, Damon Cromartie-Smith didn’t exactly turn any heads with his safety play, in fact turning in a lackluster performance that could endanger his spot on the team next week. Despite reasonable play, Rashard Mendenhall could also be in danger of losing his running back spot. Five running backs in a pass-heavy NFL might just be a waste of space this season, and Mendenhall is at the front of most lists for players that the Steelers could cut without losing too much steam.

Keep watching for cut updates as the Steelers approach the regular season. Until then, Pittsburgh Steelers tickets are available for the upcoming regular season, kicking off with away games against the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders, and a week 2 matchup against the New York Jets at Heinz Field.