Unfortunately, the Pittsburgh Steelers are facing injuries along the offensive line. The good news, though, is that rookie Kevin Dotson looks like the real deal.
Zach Banner, who began the year as the starting right tackle, was lost for the season to an ACL tear in game one. Again, the good news is the Steelers also had Chukwuma Okorafor ready to play at that spot.
Stefan Wisniewski, who the Steelers signed this off-season, to add depth at guard. He started in week one because David DeCastro was out injured, but he left that game with a pectoral injury. Wisniewski was then put on injured reserve. That designation for this season, due to covid-19, means that Wisniewski is eligible to return after missing 3 games so he could be back soon.
With Wisniewski out and DeCastro battling injuries, the Steelers have been lucky to have Dotson. Dotson was a fourth-round pick out of the University of Louisianna at Lafayette. He was not invited to the Senior Bowl and was overlooked by many teams. The Steelers, however, saw something special in Dotson and knew they could get him in the middle rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft.
It is now apparent what the team saw in Dotson. He has played extremely well for a rookie, especially given a short training camp and no pre-season games this year. With DeCastro still battling injury, Dotson is likely to see more playing time this week against the Cleveland Browns.
So far this year Dotson has started one game, played in all four games, and has done little wrong. He has been penalized one time, allowed no sacks, very few pressures, and is opening lanes in the run game.
Not only is Dotson helping the Steelers out of a bad place given their injuries. It now is very clear that one, the Steelers knew what they were getting in their fourth-round pick, and two, Dotson may be a long-term anchor on the offensive line.