Tomlin Expects Starters To Get More Exposure Saturday Night Against Bills

The Pittsburgh Steelers will host the Buffalo Bills Saturday night at Heinz Field in their second preseason game of the 2014 season and head coach Mike Tomlin said during his Thursday press conference that he expects that the first-team players will play more this week than they did last week against the New York Giants.

“I really hadn’t looked at a snap allocation yet, but rest assured that we want to give more exposure to those guys in this football game,” said Tomlin.

Against the Giants, starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger only played one series before giving way to backup Bruce Gradkowski. The Steelers starting offensive line, however, played two series against the Giants.

The Steelers usually use their third preseason game as a tune-up for the regular season, so Roethlisberger and the rest of the starters might only see three possessions at most this week depending on how the flow of the game goes.

The Steelers are wrapping up their 2014 training camp Thursday with an evening scrimmage against the Bills and will break camp on Friday in preparation for Saturday’s game.

  • dkoy85

    I’d take 3 series all ending in a touchdown 😀

  • srdan

    The only guy missing time so far that bothers me is Foster. I think with the line learning new schemes they could use every snap they get to gel. I hope he makes it back soon.

  • srdan

    And no injuries.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    I would like to see the starters play more in preseason. The past few seasons, they did not look prepared when the regular season began.

  • joed32

    They really need him, he’s the old guy and the leader on the line.

  • Jeff

    The starters on offense didn’t score until the 3rd preseason game last year. It’d be nice to see a score or two this Saturday. Maybe one on the ground and one in the air.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I’ve always wondered if it has something to do with resting starters on that last preseason game. I agree at the beginning of the season the timing of the offense always seems off and there’s not a lot of rhythm.

  • joed32

    I would hate to lose a starter to an injury in that last preseason game though.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Agreed.. but another slow 0-4 start to the season would be dismal also.

  • rn

    Pouncey is definitely the leader of the unit