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The Steelers won a preseason game with their QBs going a combined 10-for-22 for 102 yards, 1 TD/2 INTs. That tells you the kind of action we had in this one. Fortunately, the Giants countered with Josh Johnson and Geno Smith for the first three quarters…allowing the Steelers to win it.
There were some dynasty-fantasy football takeaways to report:
— Paul Perkins (5-3-0) started and had another Paul Perkins performance (insert snoring sound here). I cannot believe this is the Giants plan – one of the better teams in the NFL, one with Super Bowl possibilities, and they are going with mediocre Paul Perkins as their lead back.
These things tend to change fast in the NFL when they are not working, so Perkins could be a backup in a flash. Why the Giants did sign Jamaal Charles for a cheap look is beyond me. Perkins will not be the main guy by Week 8. He may not be the guy by Week 4…of the preseason.
Shane Vereen (1-5-0) was in on most 1st-team 3rd-down plays. Why people are paying up for Perkins in PPR when he departs for Vereen coming in every 3rd down is odd to me. The whole thing is odd…fantasy and NFL-wise.
I don’t think Orleans Darkwa (3-18-0) is the answer, but he can be used to pound the ball on a few carries.
Everything on paper says Wayne Gallman (5-11-0, 1-4-0/1) is not a serious NFL RB, but I can’t help but like the guy. He gives max effort and has tremendous hands – he’s just not fast enough to matter as an NFL RB. He should convert to WR.
— Steelers’ rookie Josh Dobbs (8-15 for 100 yards, 1 TD/2 INT) did his best to set the state of QB play back 50 years with his start in this game. He’s never going to make it as a legit NFL starter.
Dobbs’ scouting is important to dynasty — because if Ben hangs them up after this year, those with Antonio Brown have no one legit throwing to him (on today’s roster). Then you’d have to hope they draft the right QB next year. The drafted Dobbs ahead ofDavis Webb…so I’m not really trusting the Steelers’ QB eye.
— Davis Webb (8-16 for 67 yards, 0 TD/0 INT) is this year’s Dak Prescott…just waiting for Eli to fall down and can’t get up. Webb worked after Josh Johnson and Geno Smith, for some reason. He was comfortable in the pocket and just quick released/zipped throws right where they needed to go…as if he’d been doing it for years (after his first throw that was 20 feet over the receiver’s head). Webb was vastly underrated for the 2017 NFL Draft. The Giants have a future continuity plan at QB all set…whereas the Steelers are totally exposed to major collapse ahead because they have none.
— IDP rookie T.J. Watt (5 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 QB hits) had a terrific debut. He’s an athletic animal.
The Steelers may not have a bright outlook at QB down the road, but they do have a sweet future set up on defense. They’re a shutdown corner away from maybe the best defense in the NFL. Watt was an excellent pick to add to this great base.
2nd year DT Javon Hargrave (3 tackles, 1 TFL) was a steal last year and was hossing people around in this one too.
— Evan Engram (1-11-0/2) lined up as like an H-back, on his one and only catch, and came across after the snap for a little drag route/swing pass out of the backfield. I saw nothing about his work that made me light up. Too soon to scout or make a call here because of what QBs he played with and the limited playbook.
— Rookie WR Travis Rudolph (1-14-0/2) has garnered some UDFA buzz for the Giants this preseason. He looks pretty solid. He’s an NFL WR, but probably a #4-5 guy for a roster.
— If I was really running the Buffalo Bills, as some are suggesting, there will be a telltale sign coming up to let you know if it’s true or not. When the Steelers release Terrell Watson (10-44-1) – the Bills pick him up.
I’m telling you, Watson is a 1,000+ yard season rusher if someone gives him the chance. A chance he’ll likely never get.
I mean this with all the seriousness in the world. If you let me choose between Melvin Gordon, Devonta Freeman, and Terrell Watson for my NFL roster…I’d take Watson. If you know me, you know that’s a half-compliment because I think Gordon and Freeman are overrated, mediocre guys that aren’t any more talented than a hundred other RBs if they got the same push.