Big Ben is expected to come back and play a little bit today. We should see the first team offense and defense go probably about a half and this should give us a good look at extended play on both sides of the football. That being said, I think the Steelers should only play Ben around three series, or two depending on the amount of plays. We know what Ben can do and we know what he brings to the table. He is a winner. He has a bad ankle, and although he says he is ready to go, we do not need to see him for a half. All is does is win Super Bowls and you can't win Super Bowls if you are on the shelf for half of the season.
This means that Charlie Batch will probably get some extended time and with DD hurt and out for the preseason that will give Mike Reilly a lot of snaps that usually would be left for Dixon. This will be a great chance for Mike to get some reps, not to make this Steelers team, but to get some looks out there for other teams that he might be able to hook on with.
A big match-up to watch is once again going to be the same two things I have been talking about this whole preseason. Those are the battles for the number three WR position and Lawrence Timmons. Timmons is being talked about as being a huge talent that is ready to come through for the Steelers and their long term plans, but we need to see something from him. He is missing assignments, missing tackles and just not looking good. Maybe he needs to settle into the starting position but lets get it together. A good game by him would make me feel a lot better about him, and our linebacker situation.
The WR battle is going to be a key position too. Once again nobody has really made a clean showing for the number three spot and to be honest these players are looking to just make the 53 man roster and not just battling for the number three spot. Having Ben in the line-up today will help all the receivers in seeing where they stack up with one of the best QB's in the game today.
Really excited for the game today.
Here We Go!