Five Steelers to watch in Friday's preseason opener
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.