It remains to be seen what Dwayne Haskins is going to once the depth chart at quarterback is finalized for the opening of the 2021 regular season, but what he was on Thursday night against the Eagles in Philadelphia was a quarterback "very much in command of his performance," according to Coach Mike Tomlin.
Haskins followed starter Mason Rudolph and played five series, and he finished by completing 16-of-22 (72.7 percent) for 161 yards, with one touchdown, no interceptions, and a rating of 108.3. During his five series, the Steelers scored three touchdowns and a field goal; the offense converted 9-of-11 on third downs; and it converted 2-of-3 in the red zone. Haskins got a lot of support from the other players on the field, particularly the offensive line that didn't allow him to be touched by the Eagles defense during his 22 pass attempts.
Haskins is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.
Also considered were Jaylen Samuels, who led the Steelers in rushing with 45 yards on 10 carries plus a touchdown, and added one reception for 17 yards that converted a third-and-12; Mason Rudolph, who completed 8-of-9 for 77 yards, with no touchdowns, no interceptions, and a rating of 102.3; Jamir Jones, who had two tackles and a sack on defense, whose hit on the quarterback resulted in one of the two Steelers interceptions; and two tackles on special teams; Justin Layne, who had two tackles and an interception; Jordan Berry, who averaged 44.0 yards on four punts, with two inside the 20-yard line, which were downed at the 2-yard line and the 7-yard line; and offensive tackle Dan Moore, who took a significant step forward and went a long way toward establishing himself as the guy who will serve as the swing tackle during the regular season.