Pittsburgh Steelers guard Kevin Dotson has been thrust into action early and often in his first season with injuries to key starters across the offensive line, but the rookie has more than answered the call.
Pro Football Focus has graded Dotson as the NFL’s best pass-blocking interior offensive lineman this season at 88.9.
.@PFF_Steve with us: "Just by our play by play grading, Kevin Dotson has the Steelers' highest pass blocking grade, only giving up 1 pressure on 99 pass blocking attempts. That's fantastic. He's outplayed expectations."— The Fan Morning Show (@FanMorningShow) October 20, 2020
Dotson has two starts this season, and has seen significant action in relief of starting guard David DeCastro who has missed three games with injury.
The rookie is not the only Steelers offensive linemen to have success in 2020, as the whole unit has done an excellent job of protecting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger through five games. Pittsburgh has allowed just eight sacks thus far, which is the tied for the third-fewest in the league.
The Steelers selected Dotson with the 135th overall pick in the fourth round of April’s NFL Draft. Dotson was a four-year letterwinner for the Louisiana Rajin’ Cajuns and named First-Team All-American in 2019.
Steelers: No Fans for Rescheduled Game vs. Ravens on Sunday
There will be no fans in attendance when the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens in their rescheduled game at Heinz Field this Sunday, the team announced on Wednesday afternoon.
The team had expected to host 5,500 fans at the game when it was originally expected to be held on Thursday evening, but that game was supposed to be the last with with any significant complement of fans for the time being.
On Monday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced an amended COVID-19 mitigation protocol that reduced the capacity for outdoor venues to a maximum of 2,500. With that limit, which includes players, staff and families, the Steelers have elected to not host any additional fans through single-game ticket sales.
“We are disappointed for those fans who had planned on attending Thursday night’s game,” team spokesman Burt Lauten said in a statement. “Our ticked office will communicate soon with those fans who purchased tickets from us regarding credits and refunds.”
Steelers, Ravens to Kick Off at 1:15 p.m. Sunday on NBC
The Steelers re-scheduled game with the Baltimore Ravens will kick off at 1:15 p.m. on Sunday and be broadcast nationally on NBC.
The slightly unusual schedule time will allow the game to still be broadcast nationally on NBC during the early afternoon broadcast window, so out-of-town Steelers fans will still be able to tune in.
The Steelers were originally scheduled to be broadcast on NBC on Thanksgiving, so the change will allow the network to retain the game, which is sure to be a well-viewed one with the 10-0 Steelers hosting their rivals and reigning NFL MVL Lamar Jackson.
It’s still unclear what the situation will be with fans at Heinz Field on Sunday. The Steelers had been expecting 5,500 fans for the game, but that was expected to be the last game with fans at home for the time being, as Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has modified his COVID-19 mitigation plan and there is a new maximum capacity of 2,500 at the venue.
Steelers Players Unhappy about Rescheduled Game with Ravens
The Steelers and Baltimore Ravens will not get their scheduled Turkey Bowl, as the NFL has pushed back the game between the teams to Sunday because of continued COVID-19 issues with the Ravens.
The Steelers players got the news along with everyone else on Wednesday afternoon, and suffice to say, they aren’t happy about the postponement. This is the second time the Steelers will have one of their games moved, after their Week 4 game with the Tennessee Titans was rescheduled, costing the team its mid-season bye week.
i’m not gone lie @NFL THIS IS BULLSHIT…
— Eric Ebron (@Ebron85) November 25, 2020
— Alex Highsmith (@highsmith34) November 25, 2020
Maaaaaannnnnnnnnn that’s some BS
— Devlin Hodges (@DevlinHodges10) November 25, 2020
What a joke….
— Chase Claypool (@ChaseClaypool) November 25, 2020
— Mike Hilton (@MikeHilton_28) November 25, 2020
— Zach Banner (@ZBNFL) November 25, 2020
First the NFL takes away our bye week because another team can’t get their Covid situation together, now they take away our Thanksgiving primetime game for the same reason. Smh.
— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) November 25, 2020
— Big Bud (@Bud_Dupree) November 25, 2020
One of the Steelers’ veteran leaders, Cam Heyward, took a more neutral tact.
See you Sunday! Back to the lab pic.twitter.com/uNG0cWJDiV
— Cam Heyward (@CamHeyward) November 25, 2020