Steelers studs and duds Week 3: Time to consider Kenny Pickett

Steelers, George Pickens. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)
Steelers, George Pickens. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images) /
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The Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Cleveland Browns and fell to 1-2 on Thursday Night Football. Here are the players who stood out as studs and duds.

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has never finished with a losing record in his 15 years but he’s off to a rough start in year 16.

For the first time, he’s not working with Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback and Mitch Trubisky hasn’t been nearly as effective. They’re now 1-2 after losing to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football — and they have plenty of time to go over what went wrong, and consider switching to rookie Kenny Pickett.

Here, we can take a look back at this game and identify who were the studs and duds.

Steelers studs and duds Week 3

Browns, Najee Harris. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

Stud: Najee Harris, RB

Had this game been closer, Najee Harris might have been able to do even more damage. The second-year running back started out hot, tying the game at seven with a five-yard touchdown run — and he got into the end zone with authority, throwing John Johnson III out of his way.

He had 56 yards and the one touchdown on 15 carries but then hardly saw the ball in the second half as Pittsburgh was airing it out in an effort to get back in the game.

Dud: Chase Claypool, WR

Chase Claypool will always be a target when the Browns and Steelers play. He infamously said losing to Cleveland wouldn’t matter since they would “get clapped” by the Chiefs. That surely gives the Cleveland defense some extra motivation when playing him and he wasn’t much of a factor in their loss this week.

Claypool had a couple of drops that contributed to their back-to-back three-and-outs and had an offensive pass interference on a third-and-five as well.