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Dwayne Haskins struggled in his first overextended look in a game as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s fair to assume the 2.8 passer rating Haskins held when he was pulled from Friday’s 34-9 loss at the Carolina Panthers did not improve his stock in regards to status on the quarterback depth chart.

Haskins’ production was much better over eight late snaps after re-entering game because of an injury to Josh Dobbs, whose chances also likely were hurt by, well, being hurt.

But enough about the quarterbacks. Who else among the Steelers has their arrow pointing up or down with the preseason complete?

All of a sudden, the Steelers have a new problem: They might have too many defensive linemen.

Among the reserve linemen who played well Friday are rookie Isasiahh Loudermilk (sack), second-year player Carlos Davis (four tackles, one QB hurry) and third-year player Isaiah Buggs (four tackles, one QB pressure). Veteran Chris Wormley was consistent in his 27 snaps after starting the game, and Henry Mondeaux good enough that Pro Football Focus graded him second-best among the 56 players who got into the game for the Steelers.

The depth might be needed soon because the status of starter Stephon Tuitt is in question. He has not practiced with the team all camp.

Add another sack and two more QB hits to the ledger of the remarkable preseason for Jones, an undrafted first-year player from Notre Dame. Jones spent last year in the Houston Texans’ training camp but was cut before the season started and never made it onto their practice squad. But he’s flashed in practice and in games.

Against Carolina, Jones had three of the Steelers’ seven special teams tackles — a vital component of his role if he makes the 53-man roster — and according to PFF had QB pressures on four of his 23 pass-rush snaps.

Jones seems a slight favorite for the No. 4 OLB spot, though Cassius Marsh and Quincy Roche can make their cases (for different reasons), too.

To paraphrase what coach Mike Tomlin said when asked what else he liked about the Carolina game, there’s “not much” else that had stock improved Friday. Rudolph was a winner, though, even as he watched in street clothes. Whatever sliver of a chance there was he would not open the season as Ben Roethlisberger’s backup seems eliminated after the injury to Dobbs and poor effort from Haskins.

Robert Spillane was torched in coverage — according to PFF, Panthers passers were 5 for 6 for 61 yards, two touchdowns and five first downs when throwing to Spillane’s man. The next two most-tenured names on the ILB depth chart — Marcus Allen and Ulysees Gilbert III — similarly were picked on: 6 for 8 for 52 yards.

Rookie Buddy Johnson, in particular, appeared to be out of position on some of Carolina’s long runs. The Panthers had six rushes of at least 9 yards — never a good reflection on a defense’s interior linebackers.

In what can be taken as an explicit acknowledgement B.J. Finney is ahead of Hassenauer on the guard depth chart, Finney started Friday’s game and Hassenauer did not enter it until the second half. Hassenauer didn’t do anything wrong in the game — nor did Finney by any means stand out — but it’s difficult to envision both making the 53-man roster as interior offensive linemen.

The coaches seem to have developed a trust in Rashaad Coward as another alternative at guard, and Kendrick Green has the starting center job locked up. Hassenauer’s only case is to say he’s by far the second-best center on the team.

That said, Hassenauer is a lock to be offered a practice-squad spot, at worst.

Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris by email at cadamski@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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6 Steelers whose stock plummeted after abysmal loss to Panthers

Still Curtain 28 August, 2021 - 01:30pm

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Robert Spillane (41). Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. (88) scores a touchdown as Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Robert Spillane (41) defends. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

There was nothing pretty about this game, and I almost feel bad for Pittsburgh Steelers fans who stomached through it to see if it would get better. While I typically love every moment of preseason action, this contest against the Carolina Panthers was just hard to watch.

That doesn’t mean that there weren’t any positives to note or players who performed well (I will get to that soon), but for most in black and gold, this is a game they would like to forget. Here are six players whose stock really plummeted after a poor performance in the Steelers preseason finale:

If you watched this game in its entirety, you know that the performance of this particular player needs no explanation. Robert Spillane stood out like a sore thumb. Though he made a few solid plays in run defense, his pass coverage was disgraceful and he was beaten badly on nearly every play that came in his direction.

According to Pro Football Focus, Spillane managed to give up 4 receptions on 5 targets for 48 yards (12.0 per reception) and a touchdown. Considering he didn’t even play the full game, these numbers are not at all what we had hoped to see.

Somehow, Spillane has gone from a serviceable stop-gap player to an almost unplayable linebacker on defense. He still holds some special teams value, but his stock has plunged this summer. Thank goodness for Joe Schobert.

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Panthers injury update: CB Rashaan Melvin ruled out vs. Steelers

Panthers Wire 27 August, 2021 - 05:00pm

Almost all was well for the Carolina Panthers defense on Friday night. Almost.

The unit looked great, shutting down the Pittsburgh Steelers backups as they should’ve and building up more chemistry headed into the regular season. But an injury to cornerback Rashaan Melvin could put a bit of a damper on the mood.

Melvin exited the game Friday night after sustaining a groin injury. The team announced that he will not return.

Cornerback Rashaan Melvin will not return with a groin injury.

That’s not great, since they’d need him the next two games since AJ Bouye won’t be eligible.

— Darin Gantt (@daringantt) August 28, 2021

The seventh-year veteran is going to be counted on as some important depth amongst the cornerback group. He’s even more important considering the two-game suspension to be served by fellow cover man A.J. Bouye to start the schedule.

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