Happy Friday to yinz and welcome to the third week of the 2019 preseason, which will include the Pittsburgh Steelers second contest.
The Steelers wrapped up their 2019 training camp on Thursday and we hope yinz enjoyed our coverage of it again this year. Alex Kozora did an amazing job of bringing us a clear and concise picture of all that transpired during the practices. Speaking of pictures, thanks again to Tim Rice for all of the amazing training camp shots that he supplied the site again this year. With camp now over with we can focus on the team’s final three preseason games.
Some unfortunate news surfaced on Friday as it is now known that outside linebacker Olasunkanmi Adeniyi recently needed surgery to repair a torn meniscus that he likely suffered during the team’s preseason opener. He was limping during that game. Early reports, however, indicate that Adeniyi won’t be sidelined too long. We plan on having the great Dr. Melanie Friedlander on our next episode of The Terrible Podcast to discuss Adeniyi’s injury and likely recovery time.
We look forward to bringing yinz supreme coverage of the Steelers Saturday night home preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs and some content related to that contest is already starting to post on the site.
As usual, I have five questions for yinz to answer throughout this quiet evening and I look forward to reading quite a few responses.
Have a great and safe weekend and thank you to all who visited the site this past week. Peace and love, peace and love!
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1 – Who has a better chance to make the 53-man roster as things sit here now before the team’s second preseason game? Sutton Smith or Tuzar Skipper?
2 – Will safety Marcus Allen make the initial 53-man roster this year?
3 – True or false: Steelers quarterback Devlin Hodges throw an interception Saturday night against the Chiefs.
4 – Will the Steelers longest run from scrimmage Saturday night against the Chiefs be at least 25 yards or greater?
5 – Which one of the two hypothetical offers for Steelers quarterback Joshua Dobbs listed below would you accept?
a) 6th-round 2020 draft pick from the Baltimore Ravens for Dobbs
b) 7th-round 2020 draft pick from any NFC team Dobbs
c) none of the above
Question 1: The Steelers made several big plays against the Buccaneers. Joshua Dobbs scrambled for 36 yards. He also completed a 43-yard pass to James Washington that was just short of 45 yards. But it was Johnny Holton’s 59-yard catch and run that answered this question. 78.6% of Steelers Depot respondents got credit for correctly predicting that the Steelers longest offensive play would be longer than 45 yards.
Question 2: Mason Rudolph had the longest completion last Friday with a 59-yard pass. However, Johnny Holton gained most of the yards after the catch. Josh Dobbs completed a pass to James Washington, and he was tackled with no more than a yard gained after the 43-yard completion. Half of the respondents had picked Dobbs while the remainder split their vote between Rudolph and Devin Hodges. During the regular season contest it will be important to read the questions carefully. The question specified the longest pass in air yards which is measured from the line of scrimmage to the point of the catch and does not count yards after the catch.
Question 3: Respondents named six different players who would score the Steelers first touchdown against the Buccaneers. Benny Snell was the favorite with 42.9% of the vote. Only A-Roc correctly named James Washington. Kudos!
Question 4: The Steelers defense was credited with three sacks against the Buccaneers. Only 28.6% got this answer correct.
Question 5: We named seven offensive players, including all three QBs, and four defensive players that we were most excited to see playing last Friday night. NOTE: this question would not have counted for points in the regular season contest.
Here are some of the stat lines for those we named:
Joshua Dobbs: 5 of 8 passes completed for 85 yards; 2 runs for 44 yards.
Mason Rudolph: 5 of 8 passes completed for 91 yards & 2 TD’s.
Devin Hodges: 8 of 14 passes completed for 79 yards & 1 TD.
Benny Snell: 13 runs for 26 yards; 2 receptions for 25 yards.
Zach Gentry: 3 receptions for 17 yards & 1 TD.
Diontae Spencer: 2 receptions for 17 yards (had at least 1 drop); 4 PRs averaging 13.0 per return & 1 KR for 35 yards.
James Washington: 4 receptions for 84 yards & 1 TD.
Ola Adeniyi: No tackles
Isaiah Buggs: 1 solo & 2 tackle assists.
Ulysses Gilbert: 2 solo & 1 tackle assists; 1.5 sacks with forced fumble. Intercepted 2-point conversion attempt.
Devin Bush: 7 solo & 3 tackle assists; all over the field.
If we included last week’s responses in the regular season contest only the first 4 questions would have counted for points. No one scored the 5-point bonus for answering all the questions correctly. Chris92021, Steven Small & A-Roc led the way with 4 points each (3 correct answers plus the participation point). Wonderful job!