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Steelers Snap Counts, Grades against Bengals

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Steelers Snap Counts

Check out the Pittsburgh Steelers snap counts and grades from the 2022 season-opening 23-20 overtime win against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night.

QUARTERBACK

Mitch Trubisky had a 62 PFF rating in his first start with the Steelers.

QB Mitch Trubisky 63 100%
QB Kenny Pickett 0 0%

RUNNING BACK

Najee Harris missed the end of the fourth quarter and all of overtime, and Jaylen Warren got all of that additional workload, with Benny Snell not seeing the field on offense. Derek Watt played a little more than he has in non-short yardage situations.

RB Najee Harris 37 59%
RB Jaylen Warren 23 37%
FB Derek Watt 6 10%
RB Benny Snell Jr. 0 0%

Harris had a 56.5 PFF grade, while Warren’s was 48.9, dragged down by a 22.9 pass-blocking grade that I don’t think lined up with what I saw from his pass protection.

OFFENSIVE LINE

The Steelers scratched Kendrick Green, so the winner of the left guard competition, Kevin Dotson, played every snap. J.C. Hassenauer filled in for a few plays while Mason Cole got his ankle taped. Trent Scott appears to be the jumbo tight end.

LT Dan Moore Jr. 63 100%
RT Chukwuma Okorafor 63 100%
LG Kevin Dotson 63 100%
RG James Daniels 63 100%
C Mason Cole 59 94%
C J.C. Hassenauer 4 6%
TE Trent Scott 2 3%
T Jesse Davis 0 0%

Okorafor was the highest-graded player on the line at 70.1 and one of only three Steelers offensive players with a grade over 70. Dan Moore Jr. (68.7) and James Daniels (64.8) also had passing grades, if barley. Kevin Dotson (56.4) and Mason Cole (54.9) had a rough go of things, particularly in run blocking, where they were at 50.1 and 49.4.

TIGHT END

The Steelers played with two tight ends a surprisingly small amount of time considering the struggled with pass protection the offensive line had at times.

TE Pat Freiermuth 56 89%
TE Zach Gentry 19 30%
TE Connor Heyward 1 2%

Freiermuth was the highest-graded Steelers offensive regular at 74.2 and Gentry wasn’t far behind at 65.3. Their pass blocking grades were vastly divergent, with Freiermuth rating a 74 and Gentry a 0.

WIDE RECEIVER

With only one tight end getting much action, it was a lot of three-receiver sets for the Steelers. Almost all of Chase Claypool’s work came in the slot, with Diontae Johnson, George Pickens and Miles Boykin working outside.

WR Chase Claypool 58 92%
WR Diontae Johnson 51 81%
WR George Pickens 45 71%
WR Gunner Olszewski 9 14%
WR Miles Boykin 8 13%

Johnson led the charge grade-wise with a 69.2. Claypool did butte running (63.7) than he did receiving (59.4) for a 61.4 overall. George Pickens (50.1) did not impress in his first game.

DEFENSIVE LINE

With 100 plays called by the Bengals, the Steelers liberally substituted on defense. Cam Heyward was injured late in the game and did not return. Tyson Alualu picked up most of his slack.

DT Cam Heyward 57 57%
DT Larry Ogunjobi 53 53%
NT Tyson Alualu 33 33%
DE DeMarvin Leal 17 17%
NT Montravius Adams 5 5%

Heyward graded out at 72.3, which fairly boggles the mind about how he could possibly be better. Larry Ogunjobi (58.5) was mostly graded poorly against the run (56.5), which is strange considering they held Joe Mixon to three yards per carry.

OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS

The injury to T.J. Watt certainly picked up the playing time for Malik Reed in his first game with the Steelers. Watt graded at 84.6 before his injury. Reed checked in at 64.1

OLB Alex Highsmith 83 83%
OLB T.J. Watt 66 66%
OLB Malik Reed 32 32%
OLB Jamir Jones 18 18%

INSIDE LINEBACKER

Robert Spillane started the game as the Dime linebacker, with Myles Jack and Devin Bush working in the base and Nickel. Spillane suffered an eye injury, and that left Jack as a three-down player.

ILB Myles Jack 66 66%
ILB Devin Bush Jr. 51 51%
ILB Robert Spillane 29 29%
ILB Marcus Allen 0 0%

Jack graded as a solid 70, while Bush was surprisingly held back by his coverage grade (40.3) while getting strong marks against the run (68.7).

DEFENSIVE BACK

Levi Wallace getting injured simplified the team’s possibilities in the secondary. What were three Nickel packages now became one after Damontae Kazee and Wallace’s injuries. Cam Sutton moved permanently to the outside along with Ahkello Witherspoon, Art Maulet became the Nickel and Tre Norwood the Dime. Interestingly, Norwood played some half-field safety in the Dime package, with Terrell Edmunds moving down into the Dime backer role.

SS Terrell Edmunds 100 100%
FS Minkah Fitzpatrick 100 100%
BCB Ahkello Witherspoon 100 100%
BCB/SCB Cam Sutton 99 99%
SCB Art Maulet 60 60%
FS/SCB Tre Norwood 35 35%
BCB Levi Wallace 33 33%
SS Miles Killebrew 1 1%
BCB James Pierre 0 0%

Minkah Fitzpatrick‘s 90.6 doesn’t even include his game-saving special teams block. A piece de resistance for the Steelers safety. Cam Sutton (74.5), Levi Wallace (69.6) did well, while Ahkello Witherspoon (62.9) did well enough, considering that he shadowed Jamarr Chase for much of the night.