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How much should the Steelers starters play vs. the Buccaneers?

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are squaring off in Week 1 of the 2023 preseason, which brings up a lot of questions.

  • Who will play, and who won’t?
  • How much of the offense/defense should the coaches put on tape?
  • Was there any game planning done?

But the most important question of all might entail something completely different, depending on the fan.

  • How long should the Steelers starters play?

Again, there is no clear-cut answer to this basic question. Why? Because everyone has a different thought process, or philosophy, regarding preparation and the risk of a player getting injured.

Therefore, this article is simply posing the question for you, the fans, to answer. How much should the Steelers starters play vs. the Buccaneers on Friday night?

We already know there will be some players who don’t even see the playing field, which is fine, but for players like Kenny Pickett, George Pickens, the offensive line, key members on the defense…how long should they be playing in Week 1 of the exhibition season?

As for me, I would allocate playing time accordingly:

  • Starting Offense: 1-2 drives
  • Starting Defense: 1-2 drives
  • 2nd String: 1st Half
  • 3rd and 4th Strings: 2nd Half

What do you think? Let us know your preference for Week 1 starters playing time in the comment section below, and be sure to stay tuned to SCN for the latest news and notes surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers as they prepare for the rest of the preseason and get ready for the games which really count!

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