The 5: Steelers to watch at Jacksonville Jaguars


Each week before Pittsburgh Steelers games, Steel City Underground will analyze the depth chart, injury reports and key matchups against their next opponent in order to pick “The 5” – Steelers players to watch.

The Pittsburgh Steelers had quite the game in their preseason opener, but this coming Saturday, August 20, they’ll be on the road to face the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Steelers have taken care of trades and players working in and out of the rotation as camp continues with preparation a priority.

Here’s my list of five players fans should watch in the team’s second of three preseason shows.

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Larry Ogunjobi

The Steelers brought in Ogunjobi to give the defensive line more pop and depth, especially as they look to improve their run defense.

Although Ogunjobi wasn’t initially ready to train when he arrived at camp, he’s deep into preparations for Jacksonville this week.

On Wednesday, Ogunjobi said after training: “As a player, as a person, I’m proud of my work ethic and my consistency in trying to be great and every day I’m going to bring that… “

As a defensive tackle, Ogunjobi recorded 229 tackles, 21.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass defense in 76 games during his first five seasons.

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Pressley Harvin

On Tuesday, the Steelers made several cuts and roster changes before their required roster limit of 85. They will need to reach 80 by August 30. A cut was punter Cameron Nizialek. Harvin immediately stepped up his workouts.

After a rookie season that saw him deal with personal issues, Harvin looks set to be more consistent on special teams this season. His suspension time caught the attention of the media this week.

During a special teams-focused period, Harvin reportedly threw a minimum of six punts for over 60 yards, including one 70 yards inside his own end zone.

While the punter position isn’t usually considered the sexiest place on a roster, Harvin being able to consistently pin opposing defenses deep and prevent backsliding will give the Steelers defense an edge. ahead of their competition, no pun intended.

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Damontae Kazee

Since joining the Steelers, Kazee has made a name for himself in training camp and made some great safe plays in Pittsburgh’s preseason opener.

Kazee had five total tackles against the Seattle Seahawks and appears to be pushing for a starting safety spot.

Although Terrell Edmunds wasn’t on the pitch in first pre-season outing, it looks like Kazee and Edmunds are competing more with veterans Karl Joseph placed on the reserve/injured list.

Kazee has a fast engine and wasn’t afraid to run into opponents on the wire against Seattle. Competition usually breeds improvements, so it will be worth following him to Jacksonville.

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Mitchell Trubisky

After the performances Mason Rudolf and Kenny Pickett reunited in the first preseason game, Trubisky may have been given notice to up his game. He was brought to Pittsburgh to provide veteran quarterback group leadership and likely be QB1.

Although Trubisky was respectable while leading the Pittsburgh offense to its first series touchdown, he has competition up his sleeve.

Trubisky went 3-4 in Wednesday’s practice with the team’s first attack, throwing an interception, before starting to lead the scouting team with Chris Oladokun as the team planned the game during the period of the team.

During this time, Rudolph and Pickett worked with Pickett to see mostly reps with the offensive second team. Rudolph knocked Cody White on a 30-yard play in stride ahead Justin LayneThe cover that got people talking. Pickett worked against the first-team defense in 11-on-11 drills and was perfect in completions.

Trubisky needs to stand out with the reps he gets against Jacksonville if he hopes to avoid sliding down the depth chart.

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Najee Harris

If the second-year running back is successful, he will spend time on the field in Jacksonville. Harris said he was ready to go.

“I want reps and I want litters. I don’t want my first live action to be against the Bengals.

Harris watched Anthony McFarland and Jaylen Warren in action, even though Master Teague has suffered an injury, and would love to come in and mix it all up. Whether Coach Tomlin will agree remains to be seen.

If Harris enters the lineup, it will be exciting to see how much he has improved after his inaugural season in Pittsburgh and an offseason that would have seen the running back focus on the nuances of his game.

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