Here are 10 things to look for tonight in the third preseason game versus the Buffalo Bills:
Joystick Part II – Stefan Logan will likely get the second half return duties of punts and kickoffs. Another strong performance should cement a spot on the final 53 man roster.
Limas In The X Spot – With Santonio Holmes out tonight, Limas Sweed will likely get a look at the X spot. Sweed needs to show he can get separation and catch everything thrown his way.
Waltzing Mewelde – Hopefully running back Mewelde Moore gets his first action of the pre season tonight. Look for him on third downs tonight and catch a few balls.
Is Redman Special – Rookie free agent running back Isaac Redman needs to contribute on special teams to make the roster. We know he can run in short yardage and goal line situations, but it is not enough to make the roster. If Redman is hidden on the sidelines, could be a sign Tomlin has him destined for the practice squad.
Munday On Saturday – Ryan Mundy can sow up a roster spot up tonight with a strong performance. He remains healthy and his very versatile. He could send fellow defensive back Roy Lewis to the waiver wire tonight.
Race For The Outside – Andre Frazier, Patrick Bailey, Arnold Harrison and Bruce Davis all are battling for 2 spots in the outside linebacking core. Frazier and Bailey are the favorites still, so Harrison and Davis need lights out performances.
Big Ben Ticking – Ben Roethlisberger gets his first game action since bruising his ACL a week and a half ago. Any ill effects will be noticeable.
Front Three Push – The defensive front three have not been dominating in the preseason thus far. Need to see some pressure and push tonight.
3.5714285714285714285714285714286 – That is the average yards per carry for running back Rashard Mendenhall in two pre-season games. Would love to see an even 4 after tonight. He will get a ton of carries tonight.
Blind Side Line – Chris Kemoeatu and Max Starks will need to show they have gelled tonight. Kemoeatu missed last week with a rib injury. Time to protect the blind side of Big Ben and not step on his foot in the process.