Pittsburgh Steelers : 10 Things to Watch for in the Preseason Opener

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Pittsburgh Steelers : 10 Things to Watch for in the Preseason Opener
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The Pittsburgh Steelers kick off their 2011 preseason schedule against the Washington Redskins Friday night.

Many people were excited to see the debut of camp favorite Baron Batch, but that will not happen after tearing his ACL on Wednesday.

While that may have dampened the mood, there is still plenty to be excited about come Friday night.

The Steelers have a lot of young talent which will be on display, including first-round draft pick Cameron Heyward and fellow rookies Marcus Gilbert, Curtis Brown and Keith Williams.

There are also a couple of young linebackers in Jason Worilds, Stevenson Sylvester and Chris Carter who could very well be the Steelers' future at the position.

One thing that we don’t need to worry about watching is the starters, particularly Ben Roethlisberger. They do not figure to play all too much against the Redskins.

Instead it will be a barometer for the rookies and other young players on how well they are picking up the Steelers’ scheme as well as how they are adjusting to the professional league.

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