Sometimes, a small sample size can be the perfect prelude to what a player can become someday.
In the case of second-year safety Donovan Stiner, his play last preseason should result in more opportunities this upcoming season. In four preseason games last season, Stiner contributed eight total tackles, including a pass deflection and an interception, which he registered in the third quarter of the Hall of Fame Game against the Dallas Cowboys.
In their third preseason game against the Carolina Panthers, Stiner played the most defensive snaps (59) and registered the second-highest grade on the team (61.6), according to Pro Football Focus.
One of the noted attributes of Stiner is his size, which has opened avenues as to how he can be used in different sub-packages. During his time with the Florida Gators, Stiner played free safety, but at times he was positioned as a linebacker. In one of the Pittsburgh Steelers' training camp sessions in August 2021, Stiner was used as a dime linebacker. As in his days with the Florida Gators, Stiner's versatility gives him added value.
If last preseason was any indication, Stiner is the type of player that could turn some heads this upcoming season. With the Steelers making the safety position a priority this offseason, Stiner could emerge as a viable depth option for the team.