Steeelers Versus Giants – Six Things That Surprised Me

Looking back at the Pittsburgh Steelers first preseason game against the New York Giants, below are six things that really surprised me.

  • I really didn\’t think that Justin Cheadle would see any snaps in this game at center, but he played quite a few there. Cheadle has worked at center a little over the course of the last few weeks, so they are certainly testing his versatility.
  • You have to think that Joe Long didn\’t play because he is banged up. Not only did Guy Whimper play some left tackle Saturday night, but so did D\’Anthony Batiste.
  • After working quite a bit at the center position during the offseason, I don\’t believe Kelvin Beachum saw any snaps there against the Giants. We shall see what the charting says, but I think he spent all of his time at right tackle.
  • Al Woods only played 30 snaps on defense last year. Saturday night he played 58 and looked strong and good on the run. The Steelers don\’t have a lot of numbers on the defensive line, but it looks like their top five are all good to go.
  • You couldn\’t tell nose tackle Alameda Ta\’amu ever had a hamstring problem. He came off the ball well and showed good explosion.
  • Inside linebacker Brian Rolle really turns and runs well in coverage. He covers a lot of ground.

Your turn. Add one or two things that you observed that surprised you.

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  • pittsburghjoe

    1) LSH got the start and performed better than any RB
    2) Jones looks small, and may not have the frame to add much to it, even with a year in the weight room.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    How bad Ike was on coverage but was let off the hook so it wasn’t noticed.

    Landry Jones IMO outplayed JPW. Jones seemed to only do 1 read and seemed nervous though but JPW stood back in the pocket and acted like a tackling dummy. Hopefully Jones continues to grow.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Brown looked good as a WR, leading the team 4 receptions for 32 yards.

  • pittsburghjoe

    1) Wil Johnson seems to have progressed, and seems like a really good short to medium range, impact, option.

    2) Al Woods looked real good and has developed nicely. I cant see much difference between him, Ziggy and Cam.

  • Bill Eltringham

    Al Woods > Ziggy

  • Mike Amaro

    J.D. Woods Played like a man determined to make the roster……i hope it continues. And if Jarvis Continues to penetrate the o-line like that I don’t see how he will NOT be in the starting lineup come September

  • Jack Gardner

    1) Kion Wilson, and Vince Williams showed great quickness, although they both are undersized, I believe one will make the 53.
    2) Both Adrian Robinson and Alan Baxter IMO played well. AD seemed to overcome his training camp critics
    3) J.D Woods gained some attention last night. With Gilreath, and Dunn unimpressive, although it is just one game and things could change. J.D IMO separated from the pack!

  • CW

    JD Woods made a leaping somersault, one handed catch of a case for himself to be on the roster. That’s definite. And his return skills weren’t bad either.

    Would love to see what he could do with Big Ben as his quarterback.

  • CW

    JD Woods was impressive and looked like a guy willing to do anything to make the roster. Hope he finds a way onto a 6 WR roster.

    J. Brown looks like he’s closing on locking up that roster spot. Solid performance over all.

  • John Hinton

    J Brown and JD Woods made some really nice plays last night. Hopefully both will continue to to build on this performance.

  • steeltown

    JD Woods returned a kick as well (one that he shouldnt have) but he didn’t look terrible doing it, was really impressed with him and Justin Brown
    Gilreath may have played himself off the roster.. or atleast limited the snaps to prove himself moving forward

  • steeltown

    Cheadle and Malecki looked pretty good as backup interior guys, if we keep only 8OL with either Whimper or Joe Long (as backup swing OT) then Cheadle is definitely the top practice squad candidate at this point, especially considering his apparent versatility

  • cencalsteeler

    The linebackers and receivers stood out to me. Nice depth at both positions. Need to also include Alameda and Woods, they definitely manhandled their opponents and were in control.
    The unfortunate thing that stood out to me- special teams, not including Suisham, he’s much improved distance wise. The Giants return game was non existent due to his kicks.

  • Mikey Greensheets

    I thought Wilson out played Jones by a long shot. Considering what Wilson was able to do behind that line he had, I thought he looked and acted more comfortable. Yes , he needs to feel the pressure from the blind side but, the left tackel wasent doing him any favors. I want to see Wilson run with the team that Jones did.

  • Jack Gardner

    Jones IMO still needs a lot of work. He has great speed off the edge but lacks a bull rush and needs to add other moves to his game. He held the edge on outside running plays well but occasionally took the inside instead of containing the outside.
    Don’t get me wrong though, he has a lot of potential and will develop into a heck of a player!!!

  • Jack Gardner

    I agree! I was impressed not only by Wilson, but ALL of the backup Inside-linebackers!!! That’s one position we can be proud of.

  • Ahmad

    How fierce the ILB’s were last not. I have heard reports out of camp about them but seeing it live was something else. They were the bright spots of last night.

  • Kolie Oak

    The spots where we lost veteran and key players (NT, WR, and CB) I was anxious to watch…
    Holy crap we have good problems…
    Between JD Woods and Justin Brown and Markus no problems there, and mark my words Wheaton will break the Steelers rookie reception record.
    Enough can’t be said about Al Woods and the power of that Washington kid!!!
    About the corners…
    Nobody is talking about Isaiah Green this kid has talent! Our secondary is looking good and Cortez and Brown didn’t even play.
    Our Linebacker situation is the most complicated, we have to choose 1 or 2 of these young guys to really develop.
    IMO B. Rolle is ahead of the others, especially for our style of defense.

  • http://www.amazon.com/The-Sibyl-Reborn-ebook/dp/B009KNQHSM James P. Kelly

    I also think JPW outplayed Landry Jones by a country mile–not even close. I thought the team blew the 2nd of its fourth round picks (L Jones) on draft day, and nothing L Jones has done to date has changed that view.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Taking 4 sacks in less than a quarter of play and he way outplayed Jones….you are high my friend…albeit the OL isn’t great he played behind but he was accountable for at least 2 of those sacks(if not 3) which was unacceptable. He did look more comfortable but he better since he has been in the league 4 years.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    talking qb’s

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Exactly, there’s a curve you have to judge these two by considering the 4 years in the league John Parker Wilson has. Although Landry Jones may not even have an upside, you have to give him the benefit of the doubt, for now. Bottom line is you can’t take sacks, and Wilson took 4 on 20% of the teams offensive snaps. It’s one game, but if I had to choose now I’d choose Jones.

  • RASTA

    How much trouble we seem to be in with Gilbert and Foster on the line….Beachum can only start for one of them.

  • charles

    This is his first NFL plays.

  • Kolie Oak

    I thought Foster and Gilbert did just fine, you can’t have all 5 being pro-bowl caliber players.
    3 out of 5 is pretty good…
    If anything Gilbert just needs to settle in at the RT spot, and not be too concerned with losing the LT job.
    If that starting 5 can stay healthy we will have a great year.

  • charles

    Very down on Taamu in the past. Glad to hear he had a good game. The nose looks like a disruptive position this year. That can lead to big years for the ILBs.

  • Guest

    Im high? Jones put points on the opponents board! I dont see how you can put those sacks on Wilson playing behind the 4th team line. Id rather take the sacks than turnovers and you cant throw the ball away while inside the tackle box. Unacceptable is fumbling a hand off in your own end zone. Ill cut Landry some slack being his first game but I did not see him outplay anyone. Lets just agree to disagree.

  • Mikey Greensheets

    Im high? Jones put points on the opponents board! I dont see how you can put those sacks on Wilson playing behind the 4th team line. Id rather take the sacks than turnovers and you cant throw the ball away while inside the tackle box. Unacceptable is fumbling a hand off in your own end zone. Ill cut Landry some slack being his first game but I did not see him outplay anyone. Lets just agree to disagree.

  • http://www.amazon.com/The-Sibyl-Reborn-ebook/dp/B009KNQHSM James P. Kelly

    This is all perfectly true. Landry Jones may yet hit his stride and become an excellent NFL QB. Special QBs–even unspectacular but solid ones–usually show a certain ‘something’ by now that hints of better days to come. I’ve yet to hear or see anything that suggests L Jones fits this mold. (I’m still gnashing my teeth that they passed over LB Kasheem Greene to instead pick a QB with a weak arm and brittle composure.) Arguments either way at this point are moot. We’ll see.

    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/article-1/Khaseem-Greene-impresses-in-preseason-debut/94414f8b-5829-4414-a66f-76af556314b8

  • Intropy

    I have to think that was a preseason decision where he figured it was more valuable to show some return tape than to take the touchback. If that was his thinking then I agree with him. OTOH if he’d have done that in a real game…. bad idea.

  • Intropy

    Moye looked sharp too, at least from the broadcast angles.

    I agree on Green. He was impressive. I’d have to look at his opposition, but he seemed to be doing nice work overall.

  • joed32

    He’s been in the league for 4 years and this was Jones’ first game and I saw them as about even.

  • joed32

    Agree with most of everyone’s comments. Like both of the Woods a lot. Gilbert is fine. He was the only one in camp that was undefeated in one on ones, he knows how to pass block. Every player gets beaten from time to time.

  • alex

    there seems to be plenty of young motivation pushing the team forward in so many aspects of the game except in ST and the OL, OUCH!

  • John Mazza

    It was nice to see LSH get off to a good start. seemed really patient back there finding running lanes. nice to see Al woods moving out there. Wheaton making waves and Brown going after the ball well.
    i must say though. was Worilds always that big? he looks like a monster out there yesterday. i dont remember him being that stout

  • Fu-Schnickens

    I sure see what you’re getting at, but the only way that I’d choose one of either of them is if I had a gun to my head. Neither looked at all good by any stretch. Roethlisberger and Gradkowski looked miles better than Jones and JPW (even considering Jones’ lack of NFL experience).

  • Fu-Schnickens

    1.) Darnit if LSH didn’t look fantastic! It made Barron Batch look downright terrible (despite Batch playing behind a much poorer O-line).
    2.) Al Woods – holy smokes…the guy’s driven to win it
    3.) J Brown looked really solid as a WR – there’s no question we’ve got plenty of wideouts ready to play this year.
    4.) Who is Brian Arnfelt? I hadn’t heard his name mentioned at all, and he got after it last night.
    5.) Robert Golden sure did look good despite not pulling in both easy INT’s.

  • Steeler Wheeler

    The terrible O-Line isn’t so terrible running the ball. They were quite good Saturday. Redman and LSH are not much more than serviceable backs but both looked like they could dominate this Giants team if needed.

    Run the ball, play defense and don’t ask BB to do too much.