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Kevin Dotson says Stephon Tuitt was a 'determining factor' in his buildup as an NFL guard

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Kevin Dotson had an impressive rookie season in 2020, especially for a fourth-round pick and entering a year without rookie minicamp, OTAs and preseason games due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dotson performed so well in his rookie season that he was named to Pro Football Focus' 2020 All-Rookie Team. Here's what PFF said about the fourth-round pick out of the University of Louisiana. "Dotson allowed just one pressure -- a hurry -- the entire season in 206 pass-blocking snaps. That 0.5% pressure rate allowed is the lowest by any rookie offensive lineman with at least 150 pass-blocking snaps in the past 10 seasons. Ben Roethlisberger getting the ball out as quickly as he did play a role there, but Dotson deserves his credit, as well."

Dotson, who's projected to be the Steelers starting left guard in 2021, was on the NFL Network's "Good Morning Football" show this morning and one of the subjects that were brought up was him going up against the likes of Cameron Heyward and Stephon Tuitt in practice.

Being that Dotson lined up mostly at right guard during his rookie season, he went up against Tuitt more than Heyward in practice.

"Me being on the right side mostly this year, I went against Stephon Tuitt probably the entire year really," Dotson said. "And, (I) guarantee he was a determining factor for me in my buildup as an NFL guard. The people I was going against during the game, if they weren't on that same intensity that he was on, then I knew the game wasn't going to be as hard. Practices are harder to me cause I'm going against them dudes every day. And, like Stephon Tuitt, he's going 100 percent. So I have to bring it my all every practice."

You can watch the entire Dotson interview with GMFB in the clip below.

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