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Storyline of the week

The quarterbac­k battle that wasn’t: QB Dwayne Haskins went into the Steelers’ final preseason game as the starter, clinging to one final chance to win the backup quarterbac­k spot to Ben Roethlisbe­rger. With a big game, Haskins had a shot to jump over Mason Rudolph on the depth chart as Rudolph sat out the matchup with the Panthers. Haskins didn’t put on much of a showing and despite playing almost the entire game thanks to an injury to Joshua Dobbs, completing 9 of 16 passes for 108 yards, a touchdown and an intercepti­on. He ran for 6 yards. His rating for the game, according to ESPN, was 71.9.

Rookie watch

OT Dan Moore Jr. may just be the starting right tackle in Week 1. Moore has shown steady improvemen­t over the course of training camp and the preseason and has establishe­d he can line up at left or right tackle. Projected starting RT Zach Banneris, still dealing with the effects of a torn ACL last season, opened the door for Moore, a three-year starter at Texas A&M.

– Curt Popejoy, Steelers Wire

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