It's a game in which the starters will see their most extensive action this preseason. And as important as their presumed final tune-up for the regular season might be, there are other players who will be looking to have a convincing performance against the Steelers.
CB Christian Benford
Embroiled in a three-way battle for the cornerback-two spot, Benford, much like his competitors Kaiir Elam and Dane Jackson, must deliver a performance Saturday that puts distance between himself and his two teammates. A big showing could go a long way in moving him ahead of the other two candidates.
WR Andy Isabella
The mid-training camp signee has made a good first impression as a quick study with the offensive scheme as well as turning in plays in the pass game. He's proven to be a quick underneath separator and has yards-after-the-catch ability to boot. A productive outing could convince the coaching staff to find a role for him on the 53-man roster.
WR KeeSean Johnson
The third-year player has familiarity with the offense having spent time on the practice squad last season. After finishing camp at St. John Fisher on a high note, Johnson carried that consistent play into the preseason opener. If he can continue to deliver plays against Pittsburgh, he could give the offensive staff a lot to think about at the position.
DB Cam Lewis
The fourth-year pro was putting together perhaps the best training camp of his career before sustaining a groin injury. Now back from injury, it will be interesting to see where the defensive staff chooses to line him up. Listed as a safety and nickel corner on the depth chart, Lewis has performed well in both spots through camp.
OT Ryan Van Demark
With the sudden retirement of Brandon Shell this past week, the first-year tackle has an unexpected opportunity to land a spot on the 53-man roster. The 25-year-old spent last season on Buffalo's practice squad and has prototype length and size for the tackle position. He's made progress through camp. A strong performance could convince the coaching staff that they can make him their fourth offensive tackle.
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