Dennis Dixon - Dixon had an incredibly disappointing night. I've been riding high on the Dixon-wagon since the beginning of training camp...and was very excited to see him with the starters last night. Well, that excitement ended with his end zone interception. That was probably one of the dumbest decisions I've seen since the other number ten slung the ball around. I can't help but find it ironic that Dixon's number is now 10, because that's how he played last night. He showed flashes of good play in the midst of stupid decisions and running around like Fran Tarkington. The only thing that Dixon didn't do, which the other number ten was infamous for, was making out with the head coach. Tomlin must be more homophobic than Cowher. In any event, I believe Dixon lost the starting job to Baby Face last night. Note, Baby Face did nothing last night to earn the job.
Flozell Adams - The "Hotel" looked like shit. Seriously, how hard can it be to go from left to right tackle? It's practically the same damn position, only the right tackle has less pressure and responsibility than the left. Let's just face it, this is probably going to be another year of "offensive" play from the line.
Keenan Lewis - What a moron. Two personal foul penalties, and multiple plays where he was violated worse than a Roethlisberger prom date. This guy was suppose to be in contention for a starting roster spot, and with McFadden out last night it was Lewis's shot to prove it. Fail. McFadden must have been delighted, even when Lewis punched through a glass display case. That really impressed Tomlin. As the players passed the broken glass Tomlin said to everyone, "That's what you call young and dumb right there. Watch your step No. 23 is playing bad and doing stupid stuff as well." Rough. Is one game possibly enough to make up for that idiocy? We'll see.
Antonio Brown - Fielding a punt at the two yard line? Are you kidding? Brown would have been a lock to make the roster if he had performed last night in the returning game. Unfortunately for Brown, he did not. The Steelers love him at receiver, along with Emmanuel Sanders, but he is on the bubble now. I think that they will probably opt for the established returner in Stefan Logan, so Thursday could be Brown's last in a Steelers uniform. Maybe.
Baby Face - Baby Face went 0 for 4 on passing before being benched in favor of Charlie Batch. I think at this point, after Dixon's major suckage, Tomlin was just pissed, and wanted SOMEBODY to not suck a chode. Like I said earlier, Baby Face didn't do anything to earn a job last night...Dixon may have lost it.
Who didn't rock chode like it was their job?
Jonathan Dwyer - Now I appreciate that he was going up against the third and fourth string Bronco's defense, but that's still akin to...say...the Cleveland starting defense. Obviously the forty yard romp, which seemed like it was being aired in slow motion, stuck in my mind. However, an earlier play on that same drive is what really hit me as something special. Dwyer took the ball, and the entire defense, for ten to twelve yards. If that were Willie Parker, then count it as a one yard gain, because that's when the entire defense converged. Dwyer took that pile and moved it another ten yards. That was impressive.
Mike Wallace - This guy is easily dispelling the worries about his abilities to carry the second receiver spot. Against the first team defense, which is actually pretty good, Wallace had three receptions for 59 yards in very limited action. A Ward-Holmes-Wallace grouping would have been terrific, but the top two, at least, are shaping up well. I would expect Randle-El to pick up the third spot with either Sanders or Battle in the fourth.
Charlie Batch - Well, as far as Charlie Batch can have a good day. He's not getting the starting job. In fact, he may get cut by the end of the week.
Maurkice Pouncey - Pouncey played solidly in his first start. He made a couple of miss calls, but a little experience should take care of that. More importantly, he did not get blown off of the line on passing plays, and moved the nose tackle around on running plays. This job belongs to him now...goodbye Hartwig.
Here are a couple of guys on the bubble that REALLY need to perform on Thursday night:
1. Keenan Lewis - Get it right this time. At this point you can only help yourself.
2. Stefan Logan - Make a play. Antonio Brown is breathing down your neck.
3. Antonio Brown - Make a play. Stefan Logan is breathing down your neck.
4. Dennis Dixon - Last chance to state your case. Don't give the job to Baby Face.
5. Jonathan Dwyer - Another game like the last and you're on the roster.
6. Limas Sweed - Oh, wait...nevermind.
7. Crezdon Bulter - Had a pick against Tebow. Play well and you'll get a roster spot.
8. William Gay - Also had a pick. Probably not going to get a starting spot after last year. Excellent play in the next game may get him more time on the field. As of right now he took over the departed Townsend's nickel duties.
9. Justin Hartwig - You sir, are in danger of being cut. Doug Legursky is better than anyone expected, and he's doing it at more than half of your salary.
10. Ziggy Hood - Everyone is screaming about your practice abilities. Translate that to the field.
That's all for now. I'll thrown down some more knowledge soon.