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The Steelers are known for developing young talented wide receivers, and it appears they have another one on their hands with rookie third-round pick Dionte Johnson. The Toledo product showed sharp route running on Saturday night to the tune of four receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown.
TJ Watt was a constant terror off the edge for the Steelers’ defense, picking up multiple pressures and several positive grades in run defense along the way.
Kendall Fuller was not on the field for long Saturday night, but he made an impact in the several snaps he was on the field. His most impactful play was forcing a fumble with his hit on Vance McDonald. The Chiefs are going to need playmakers in their secondary, and Fuller needs to be a key contributor for them on the back end.
Off-ball linebacker Dorian O’Daniel turned in a strong performance against Pittsburgh, picking up multiple defensive stops and missing zero tackles in the process.
Offensive tackle Zach Banner, who was drafted in the fourth round of the 2017 draft, was brought in for his physical traits as a large man. Unfortunately, his football skills have not caught up to his size. He struggled all over the field on Saturday and looks like he won’t be making the final Steelers roster.
Cornerback Dravon Askew-Henry, a rookie undrafted free agent out of West Virginia, really struggled in this one. He allowed multiple receptions in coverage and missed a tackle, to boot.
With the biggest hole on the Chiefs roster being at cornerback, the Chiefs took a flier by signing Clemson defensive back Mark Fields as an undrafted free agent. Fields struggled on Thursday night by being too aggressive going after ball carriers. On too many occasions he flew to the ball and over pursued, resulting in big gains
Former Iowa linebacker Ben Neimann recorded a handful of defensive stops against Pittsburgh, but he also allowed multiple receptions in coverage and a first down in the contest. He needs to improve on such marks in coverage to drive his overall grade up.
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