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For Steelers and football fans alike, the sight of football only heightens to excitement for what should be one of the biggest seasons in NFL history.
In this year's Hall Of Fame Game against the Dallas Cowboys gave us a real sample of this year's rookie class, and players trying to win a spot on the active roster. With their first preseason game in the books, these are a few things we learned after watching this game.
Mason Rudolph Is An Enigma
At times he looked out of place and lacked poise, which ultimately led to a costly fumble in the first quarter. Then there were moments when he would execute the types of throws that would make fans believe he could be Ben Roethlisberger's backup. Rudolph would finish the game six completions on nine attempts for 84 yards. By no means was he great, but he was efficient enough to confuse Steelers fans.
Mason Rudolph's QB2 Position Is Safe
To their credit, both Dwayne Haskins and Joshua Dobbs played admirably in this game. The problem is that none of them stood out in such a way to make a case for surpassing the incumbent, Mason Rudolph. If either one of them has the desire of stealing Rudolph's spot, it will require them raising their game to the next level in the upcoming preseason games. As flawed as he may be, Rudolph's position as Ben's backup is safe for now.
Dan Moore Jr. Is Better Than You Thought
For all the documented struggles in during camp, in during one-on-ones and team drills, rookie offensive lineman Dan Moore Jr. was surprisingly one of the most polished offensive linemen in the game. In general, he was poised, physical, and his athleticism made him standout from the others. All his training camp struggles only helped make him better, and it showed on the field in this game.
Alex Highsmith Looks Pro-Bowl Ready
It did not take long for fans to see that Highsmith was the best defensive player on the field. He gave the Cowboys a sample of his arsenal of spin moves and counters, which should make this a problem to opposing tackles this season. In the brief time he played, he registered two tackles, a sack, and several pressures. The Steelers have a knack for finding pass rushers, Highsmith is just the latest example of such.
Pressley Harvin III Is Special
The 254th pick in this year's NFL Draft provided the game's biggest highlight in the form of a perfect kick to the Cowboys 1-yard line. There are few punters capable of affecting a game with their leg, Harvin III proved in this game that he is one of them. After watching him, it is crystal clear who should be the team's punter this upcoming season.