Watch: Pressley Harvin punt during Hall of Fame Game may seal his spot with Steelers

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The 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame game is always an exhibition; an opportunity for the Hall to honor two teams who will have a number of players, coaches, or memorable organizational members enshrined during the weekend, and this year’s game was no different between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys. One of the most impressive individual performances on the field on Thursday night, however, was Steelers rookie punter Pressley Harvin.

Over the course of the game, Harvin – the big-bodied, solidly built kid who looks more like a linebacker than a specialist – punted the ball four times. During the second quarter, just before the halfway mark, Harvin lofted a punt, high and deep, that traveled 48 yards and hit the turf near the goal line where it was downed by Mark Gilbert and Anthony Johnson at the Dallas one-yard line.

Harvin posted a 45.8-yard average in punting during the game and looked comfortable when kicking. He also did a nice job holding for kicker Sam Sloman.

If there were any training camp and preseason roster battles to talk about before in regards to the Steelers, the Harvin versus Jordan Berry at punter discussion has to be heating up after the rookie’s performance in the Hall of Fame game. Harvin, a Ray Guy Award winner as the nation’s top punter was a unanimous first-team All-American at Georgia Tech before the Steelers selected him in the 2021 NFL Draft. His booming 48-yarder, a later 51-yarder, and ability to pin opponents deep in their own territory may very well seal his spot on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 53-man roster for this upcoming season.

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