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Five Steelers to watch in Friday's preseason opener

Chris Adamski
| Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, 6:33 p.m.
Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt goes through drills Saturday, July 29, 2017, at Latrobe High School.
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Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt goes through drills Saturday, July 29, 2017, at Latrobe High School.
Steelers helmets on the ground before practice during practice Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 at St. Vincent College.
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Steelers helmets on the ground before practice during practice Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 at St. Vincent College.

Five players to watch Friday:

1. OLB T.J. Watt

It could be argued that each year's first-round pick is always the headliner for the preseason opener. Watt's practice performances suggest that assuredly will be the case in 2017. He's been running consistently as the first-team right outside linebacker – and he's been making plays all camp.

2. WR Marcus Tucker

He's roughly the same size as Antonio Brown, he also attended a directional Michigan college (Northern Michigan) and he has a similar style of play. He'll never be as accomplished as Brown, of course – but in a preseason setting, he's a candidate to stand out and make a big play or two.

3. RB Terrell Watson

Watson is a long shot to make the team – but he has potential to become a fan preseason favorite because of his bruising running style at 6 feet 1, 240 pounds. He was the star of the goal-line drill during the open practice at Heinz Field on Sunday – and best of all, he was given a great nickname by Mike Tomlin: “Nightmare.”

4. CB Mike Hilton

Every camp has its sleepers, and Hilton is a player the Steelers brought in late last year who has shined in the opportunities he's had during this camp. Hilton is undersized (5-9, 184) but confident and well-liked. He will get a look to see if he can be a nickel slot defensive back.

5. QB Josh Dobbs

If you're watching the game, you're probably going to have your eye on the Steelers' starting quarterback. He's also a rookie who was a high-profile college player who's in pro game action for the first time. Yeah, fair to say Dobbs is one to watch.

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