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5 things to watch for vs. Carolina


What to keep an eye on in preseason game No. 5 against the Panthers:


DEBUT No. 2:** For the second time in as many home preseason games, the Steelers will introduce a new kicker to his new home stadium. At least this time Josh Scobee can act like he's been to Heinz Field for something other than a kicking tryout before; he has.

LAST ROUNDUP: Mike Tomlin has acknowledged last impressions tend to be lasting ones and that the final preseason game is "weighted a little differently," in the evaluation process. So there's one final golden opportunity for those who would be Steelers to step up and get noticed. He who sticks out may end up sticking around after the roster cut to 53.

HOW TO STAND OUT: Tomlin recalled RB Josh Harris popping a draw for 31 yards on third-and-8 in last preseason's game against Carolina. That helped get Harris onto the practice squad last year, onto the roster briefly last season and, eventually, into contention to crack the initial regular season 53 this season. Tomlin characterized the effort as "a significant play on a possession down." It never hurts to flash the spectacular in such situations.

NEXT IN LINE: Tomlin cited LB Vince Williams and NT Steve McLendon as players who had turned a preseason finale against Carolina into a regular-season gig to start a season. Who's next?  

ATTENTION TO DETAIL: It's not always about highlight-reel plays. Everyone from the defenders who struggled last Saturday in Buffalo to rookie WR Sammie Coates will be expected to execute better and finish better. That's the process. That's the stuff that keeps the arrow pointing up.

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