By the Numbers: Preseason finale tradition


Some numbers of interest as the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field in their final preseason game of 2015.

Photos of running back DeAngelo Williams. Photos by AP.


Number of seasons RB DeAngelo Williams played for the Carolina Panthers prior to signing with the Steelers during the offseason. Williams was originally drafted by the Panthers in the first round (27th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. In nine seasons with Carolina (2006-14), Williams stands as the Panthers all-time leader in rushing attempts (1,432), rushing yards (6,846), rushing touchdowns (46) and 100-yard games (18).


Thursday night's game will mark the 13th consecutive year that the Steelers and Panthers have square off in the preseason finale. The Steelers and Panthers have played one another in a total of 16 preseason games overall. The Steelers lead the overall preseason series with the Panthers 10-6.


The league-mandated number of roster spots available by the 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 5, 2015 deadline. The Steelers trimmed their roster from 90 to 75 on Monday by trading for kicker Josh Scobee, placing offensive tackle Mike Adams on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform List, placing cornerback Senquez Golson and kicker Garrett Hartley on the team's Reserve/Injured List, placing tight end Cameron Clear, defensive end Niko Davis and tight end Ray Hamilton on the team's Waived/Injured List and releasing guard Miles Dieffenbach, wide receiver Kenzel Doe, wide receiver C.J. Goodwin, running back Braylon Heard, defensive end Joe Kruger, defensive tackle Joe Okafor, offensive lineman Colin Rahrig, cornerback Jordan Sullen, offensive tackle Kevin Whimpey and safety Ian Wild.


Number of players currently on the Steelers roster who were born in the state of North Carolina: No. 30 CB Kevin Fogg (Raleigh), No. 62 DT Daniel McCullers (Raleigh) and No. 60 LS Greg Warren (Goldsboro)


Ben Roethlisberger's quarterback rating this preseason. In two preseason appearances, Roethlisberger has completed 16/21 (76.2%) of his passes for 189 yards, 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.


Number of preseason games that the Pittsburgh Steelers will play this year. The last time the Steelers played five preseason games was prior to the 2007 season.

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