Last night the Pittsburgh Steelers lost 20-16 to the New York Giants in their first preseason game of 2014. The Steelers’ defense gave up a late touchdown pass by Curtis Painter. QB Landry Jones moved the Steelers into Giants’ territory late but a fumble by Martavis Bryant ended the team’s chances.
-The injury list is as follows; Ramon Foster was poked in the eye on the second series and didn’t return. Troy Polamalu didn’t dress and that was simply due to rest.
-Rookie free agent Josh Mauro played well making the decision on who to keep and who not to on the defensive line that much harder.
-Craig Wolfley said during the radio broadcast that he thought Mike Adams was having a good night. He was better in pass protection which is good. Bad news is that he was facing second and third team opponents. -Rookie free agent Howard Jones scored the Steelers’ only touchdown on a fumble return of 28 yards in the fourth quarter.
-Bruce Gradkowski was 8 for 12 for 66 yards while Ben Roethlisberger was just 1 for 2 for 46 yards. The one completion went to rookie Dri Archer on a nifty little screen and run.
-Jarvis Jones recorded a sack of Eli Manning late in the first quarter.
-Get used to long preseason games. The flags are going to continue flying at a massive rate.
-Can’t even begin to tell you how great it was to see Sean Spence play. He started for Ryan Shazier who continues to be out with a minor injury. Spence played very well and should be proud of his effort.
-Landry Jones looked considerably better than he did a year ago. He was the victim of several drops by receivers and put it on the money to Bryant who had the first down and then fumbled.
-Here’s the Tribune-Review’s Alan Robinson’s take on the game.
-The big run by the Giants’ Rashad Jennings was hopefully not a sign of things to come. The problem is that with a newer defensive line, giving up gap integrity could be an issue for awhile. Stephon Tuitt was doubled, Cam Heyward was blown off the ball and Lawrence Timmons was pancaked. Not a pretty sight.
-Punter Brad Wing has been given a git of sorts with Adam Podlesh still absent from camp. Wing didn’t do a whole lot to help himself with a 21-yard punt that led to a Giants’ score. He recovered with some better punts in the second half.
-The Steelers have seen very little of rookie linebacker Jordan Zumwalt but he looked good in limited action.
-Any idea what Mike Tomlin had around his neck?
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