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Preseason Gameday: Steelers at Jaguars, 7 p.m.

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It’s game day and the Pittsburgh Steelers are on the road for the first time in the 2022 preseason, with the Steelers in Jacksonville to face the Jaguars in preseason Week 2.

Mitch Trubisky will start at quarterback but Kenny Pickett will follow with the second team in a departure from the Steelers’ first preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at home last week. Mason Rudolph is also expected to play.

STEELERS GAMEDAY INFO

Preseason Week 2, Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) vs Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2)
Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, 7 p.m.
TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Fla. (67,814, grass)

Broadcast
TV: KDKA-TV Pittsburgh (Bob Pompeani, Charlie Batch, Missi Matthews)
Radio: Steelers Radio Network, 102.5 WDVE-FM (Bill Hillgrove, Craig Wolfley, Max Starks)

SN Coverage: Alan Saunders
Forecast: Partly cloudy, 84 degrees, wind ESE 8 mph, 20% chance of rain
Line: Steelers -2.5, over/under 41.5

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AT STAKE

From the team perspective, wins and losses preseason games don’t have much of an impact, but focusing on the individuals, there is plenty to be gained and lost by a good or bad performance Saturday night.

Kenny Pickett will have the spotlight on him as the Steelers look to move him up in the pecking order for this game, ahead of Mason Rudolph.

That should give Pickett a chance at playing against more NFL regulars compared to his second half duty against the Seahawks last week.

At running back, Najee Harris isn’t expected to play, with all of Benny Snell Jr., Anthony McFarland Jr. and Jaylen Warren rotating with the first and second teams. That represents a big opportunity for the undrafted rookie to show what he can do in direct comparison with the team’s more established backups.

Other positions to watch are at left guard, where Kendrick Green will start at left guard over Kevin Dotson and the battle between Robert Spillane and Devin Bush at inside linebacker.

Finally, NFL teams must cut down their rosters from 85 players to 80 on Tuesday, so for five players, this will be the end of the road on their 2022 journey.

DEPTH CHART

Steelers Depth Chart, Preseason Week 2 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

TRANSACTIONS

The Steelers waived/injured running back Master Teague III and outside linebacker Tuzar Skipper. Both players cleared waivers and reverted to the injured reserve list. The team placed wide receiver Anthony Miller and strong safety Karl Joseph on the injured reserve list.

The Steelers released offensive linemen Chris Owens, Nate Gilliam and Jake Dixon, punter Cameron Nizialek, defensive tackle Doug Costin.

The team signed outside linebacker James Vaughters (96), running back Max Borghi (38) and guard William Dunkle (68) and claimed center Ryan McCollum (62) on waivers.

INJURY REPORT

WR Calvin Austin III (foot sprain) has been ruled out.

NB Art Maulet (hamstring), DL Montravius Adams (ankle) and OLB Alex Highsmith (ribs) did not practice Thursday and are unlikely to play. DL Cam Heyward (left ankle) left practice Thursday and will likely be held out.

FB Derek Watt (shoulder) and ILB Marcus Allen (hamstring) have not yet worked in contact drills and are questionable to return.

FROM THE OTHER SIDE

Trevor Lawrence and the first-team Jaguars offense are expected to play into the second quarter.

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