Preseason 2017 Steelers Vs Falcons Live Update And Discussion Thread – Second Half

The Steelers by and large had a first half to forget, and that applies equally well to the offense and the defense, nursing a 13-3 deficit that should have been even more imbalanced heading into halftime. Ross Cockrell was beaten for what should have been a touchdown in the red zone and then was burned deep for a big play, but most defenders struggled in some way.

Offensively, Joshua Dobbs’ accuracy has been very questionable, as it was in the first game, and has been the biggest issue with their inability to move the ball. James Conner had a couple of solid runs, but was ultimately unproductive, including a big dropped pass. First-game jitters and all that.

Both Martavis Bryant and Sammie Coates got their first touches as well. Bryant fumbled on a jet sweep but came back for an explosive gain on a back-shoulder comeback. Coates got into the game late with just a six-yard reception.

The coverage on the opening kickoff was not up to snuff, resulting in a gain out to the 28. Chris Simms remained in, hitting his receiver for 11 yards with Coty Sensabaugh in coverage. At the 40 now, the ball, Hill, had space off the right side for a first-down run, but a hold was called, Moats being the victim of the hold I believe. Now first and 20, Greg Ducre in at cornerback made the tackle after a five-yard reception. A short run set up third and long. It was Chickillo beating the left tackle around the edge, showing bend to get the quarterback down as he tried to step up into the pocket. A nice showing from the third-year man.

With good blocking provided, Conner showed burst to hit the hole off left guard for 11 yards. This time he was stuffed up the middle after a couple of yards. Dobbs targeted him in a hurry in the flat, a high pass that prevented Conner from being able to turn upfield, and he was met quickly after a short gain. On third and five, the quarterback was forced to scramble and was able to get away, but lost the ball in the process, fumbling out of bounds. The defense was offside, however, and gave the Steelers the first down…

Hargrave was officially ruled out, presumably confirming a concussion. Steven Johnson suffered a hamstring injury and was ruled out.

Dobbs hit Xavier Grimble over the middle of the field, looked like a good catch but the ball ended up coming out. It’s hard to tell if he just dropped it or if the defender stripped it out. A defensive hold gave them five yards anyway. The replay shows that the defender ripped it out, but he needs to hold on to that pass.

Now across midfield, play action from Dobbs yielded a deep pass to Coates, but the coverage was right there with both players standing still. On second down, Conner was lucky to get a yard or two squeezing up the middle. Now third and long, Dobbs looked to the right sideline for Bryant, but it was incomplete. It looked like Bryant jumped the wrong way trying to box out the cornerback. Ducre saved Berry’s punt from going into the end zone, but it looked like he hurt himself in the process.

Simms used play action to try to fire hard over the middle, but the pass sailed. Sensabaugh may have been able to tip it up. On second down from the four, the defense swarmed to bury the back for no gain. Needing 10 yards, Simms threw high to the right, incomplete, forcing a three-and-out deep in the Falcons’ space.

Trey Williams finally got a touch, aggressively fielding the punt in traffic, advancing a few yards rather than opting for a fair catch.

Conner picked up two yards to the Falcons’ 36 on first down. Dobbs spun out of a sack…perhaps even two…on second down and was able to scramble, but ran out of bounds for a loss of four. His third-down pass was a bit behind Conner, but the back dropped it. Again, a rough start as his teammates offered encouragement as he got onto the sideline. Tucker was the closest man inducing another fair catch off of Berry’s punt.

In the second half, Simms continues to play the way he should after playing the way he shouldn’t in the first half, firing inaccurately with frequency. A penalty set the Falcons up with first and 15 from the nine though. Farrington Huguenin made the tackle on a run off the right side for one yard. On second and long, Hilton was targeted on an incomplete pass from the slot. On third down, A Matt Galambos blitz up the middle forced Simms to scramble and Huguenin chased him down after six yards to force a punt.

Off the punt, Williams got another crack at the punt, showing off excellent burst up the middle and showing some moves in open space to eventually force his way into the end zone for the score after 60-plus yards. It was a rare moment of excitement in an otherwise dull preseason game.

Play action for Simms yielded another 17-yarder over the middle to the 41. The back fell forward for about two yards on the following play. On second and long, L.T. Walton made a nice read and scrape off a block to make the run stop, setting up third and seven. Simms fired wide on a pass to the right side on third down. This time, Williams made a good read on the punt, watching it bounce into the end zone for a touchback.

Dobbs hit Justin Hunter on a slant for his first catch as a Steeler. At the 30, however, Conner was bottled up at the line of scrimmage, both in front and from behind. On third and short, Dobbs escaped pressure to his left and should have pitched the ball to Jake McGee, but instead hoped to take it himself. Once he realized he could not make it, he lobbed the ball inaccurately in the tight end’s direction, where it was intercepted. But from the 33, Simms threw inaccurately and gifted an interception to Jordan Dangerfield, which he returned nearly to the line of scrimmage.

Bart Houston checked into the game after Dobbs’ interception. His first pass was a screen to Marcus Tucker, who made a couple players miss, but only for a short gain. Conner had another solid run for a first down on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Hunter got the ball on the end-around, but dropped it. He tried to recover, flipping the field the other way, but he was still brought down for a loss of four. Hunter did not look natural in that role. Under pressure, Houston threw the ball away on second down. Now third and 14, McGee was out in front on a screen for Hunter, but the play never really developed as the Falcons had the numbers on that side of the field. The play would have been negated by an illegal formation penalty anyway, declined because it failed. Berry punted 44 yards, returnable, but the coverage got down there pretty quickly. McGee was among those down there, and Atlanta was docked for a hold in addition.

L.J. Fort knifed in on second down for a loss of three. Now third and 12 following a false start, Hilton was sent on the blitz and hit the quarterback. Simms got the ball out, but he threw the ball to no defender and not get it out to the line of scrimmage. That would have resulted in a safety due to intentional grounding in the end zone had Johnny Maxey not tipped the ball at the line.

Williams got another shot at a return, but even with some nice moves at the start of the play, could only pick up a handful of yards. Still, the offense was set up near midfield, looking to take the lead.

From the 47, Houston threw to Coates over the middle for seven yards. Conner was given another hole off the left side, and when he’s had the real estate, he has been able to capitalize, showing surprising quickness. Here he picked up 17 yards. It was again Houston to Coates over the middle on the checkdown, this for about five yards to the 25. McGee was the lead edge blocker on an explosive run for Conner around the left side to set up first and goal.

From there, at the three, Houston threw too high out of the end zone for Tucker. Conner got the carry on second down and get close to paradise there. On third and inches, the Steelers were docked for a delay of game, a huge momentum buster. Now from the six, Houston fired to Hunter short of the goal line to the one, but he made a nice move to get the ball across the line, spinning away from the cornerback. After a review of the play, the Steelers seized their first lead of the game, 17-13.

Malik Golden, the other #30 on the 90-man roster, made the tackle on the ensuing kickoff at the 14-yard line. Roy Philon stepped onto the stage, getting a sack for himself on first down. Simms completed over the middle for nine yards to set up third and 10. Huguenin got the sack, with Brandon Dixon blitzing.

McGee springing another first-down run for Conner. I like McGee.

Across midfield, Conner bounced out to the right side this time but only picked up two yards. Off play action, Houston fired deep to Hunter down the right sideline, but the receiver couldn’t quite get under it. Hunter seemed to be looking for the flag rather than attempting to fight for the ball. On third and eight, Conner got the carry but with little room to work with, for the purpose of keeping the clock going. The Falcons used their first timeout with 2:35 remaining. Dixon was among those down the field inducing a fair catch.

Fort batted down a Simms pass on second and two on the blitz. On third and two, the receiver bobbled the ball short of the first down, and Dangerfield read the play, and the tip, snatching it for his second interception of the game.

The Steelerse offense now possesses the ball in field goal range with 2:14 remaining, Atlanta with two timeouts.

From the 17, Conner slipped in the backfield for a loss of a few yards. McGee was out in front blocking, the back tripping over his foot. McGee blocking again, this time Conner stayed on his feet. Conner the edge for a good gain. Third and two, the back was taken down from behind to set up fourth and one, hitting the two-minute warning. Tomlin chose to be aggressive on fourth down, letting Dobbs throw it, and he ended up throwing it…into triple coverage to Hunter, where it was predictably intercepted in the end zone, putting the Falcons at the 20.

Simms fired quickly for 17 yards on first down. Austin Gearing was in coverage to break up the second play of the drive. His second-down pass was too long, JaCorey Shepherd in one-on-one coverage. On third and 10, Terrish Webb, the UDFA rookie out of Pittsburgh, broke up the pass. Now fourth down, Atlanta down to one timeout and 1:16 remaining, Huguenin pressured Simms out of the pocket, but he scrambled and got a good ball out deep. Dixon was in coverage and turned to bat the ball away, essentially sealing the game.

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  • Chad Weiss

    Same old defense

  • WARisHELL

    Guys like Golden, Gay and Cockrell aren’t good enough vs top tier talent don’t @ me

  • Jennifer Sharp Seinfeld

    Actually overall like what Dobbs is doing.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Yoi. It’s hot out here at Heinz field. No interceptions by Dobbs yet. That’s an Improvement from last week

  • SilverSteel

    Cockrell looks slow this game

  • SilverSteel

    I’ll take it. Brutal so far

  • SteelCityDefense

    x1000.

  • Walt Dongo

    Listening to Tunch BS his way to the second half is hilarious

  • afrazier9

    Bailout defense all game what the hell

  • DirtDawg1964

    Gay was serviceable during his time. But his time has passed. Golden has never been anything more than a ST guy and back up. And Cockrell is showing why the Bills let him go. Had hopes for him but those hopes are fading fast.

    Doesn’t help that there hasn’t been much pressure.

  • Dorian James

    Nothing but positive yardage against this defense

  • Rob

    Chickillo!!

  • Bruce

    Cockrell has me worried that were going to get burned deep a lot again this season

  • SilverSteel

    Someone called the Chick breakout

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Chick having a good game

  • Shannon Stephenson

    maybe you?

  • afrazier9

    They look just like watts sacks lol

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Yeah you have to be excited about Chick. If Dupree is the real deal we have a nice looking future at the position. Dupree, Watt, and Chick with the vet in Harrison backing them up.

  • SilverSteel

    No. We were talking bout it earlier

  • Shannon Stephenson

    at the beginning of the thread

  • Taylor Williams

    At least Chick runs pass his guy. Needs more muscle though.

  • SilverSteel

    Yeah

  • Danielsteelstrong81

    No sacks for watt😟

  • John Pennington

    Secondary still needs upgraded better see who gets cut to help or long season.Find a safety or 2 while your at it.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    want to tone down the Chickillo sacks because they are coming from 2-3 stringers

  • afrazier9

    I hope the offense comes out and run then use some play action

  • Danielsteelstrong81

    When we play pats

  • SilverSteel

    That’s what he is too

  • afrazier9

    Last weeks

  • Taylor Williams

    Yeah just using their speed. Then again same with Dupree.

  • ND_Steel

    Conner a spinner?

  • Danielsteelstrong81

    I’m talking about today

  • Taylor Williams

    Mitchell is out.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    yeah….he did a awfull one in the 1st half too

  • Dorian James

    Those passes are too damn High

  • Walt Dongo

    Lol

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Can only beat who they put in front of you.

  • Rob

    We move the ball through penalties

  • SilverSteel

    I’ll take it at this point

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I totally agree just saying I do not want to promote Chick as a starter unless he is performing well against starters.

  • Taylor Williams

    We have Bryant and Coates and still can’t move the ball

  • SilverSteel

    Coates needs to fight for that

  • ND_Steel

    Dobbs looks so much better when he takes a bigger drop and then steps up into his throws.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    all you have to do is throw it up to Bryant

  • alevin16

    If you are going to run up the middle wouldn’t it work better with Nix leading?

  • Shannon Stephenson

    CB grabbed Bryants arm

  • alevin16

    that looked like PI

  • ND_Steel

    I think Bryant initiated the contact, so hard to call that

  • SilverSteel

    Big time

  • Rob

    ya i agree but its preseason so im not complaining..hope they call those when it counts

  • Taylor Williams

    I’d rather them throw a slant route

  • Dorian James

    Colin holba everyone

  • Taylor Williams

    Since when does he fight for balls?

  • Taylor Williams

    HOF candidate

  • Chris92021

    This is who Dobbs was in at UT, very streaky and inconsistent. For one half, he looks like a first round pick and for another, I am wondering if he ever played football before.

    BTW I see Coates still does not like to catch the ball above his head. Sigh.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I like Ducre too…good play by him

  • SilverSteel

    Noticed that. He’s gotta fight for those close balls

  • alevin16

    uh oh 3rd and long

  • Shannon Stephenson

    maybe if we act like its 3 and 1 we will od better

  • Big White

    How’s that new Butler bump and run working out? Blacked out here in North Cacallaca.

  • SteelerNnyc

    He has been pushing off A LOT!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Good coverage on this drive

  • Walt Dongo

    Sensei sensabaugh

  • SteelerNnyc

    He has been touching folks all night. Haha

  • Shannon Stephenson

    ouch…it hurts

  • ND_Steel

    Didn’t see it…back to playing well off the ball.

  • Danielsteelstrong81

    Got hurt too

  • ND_Steel

    Better pressure too.

  • alevin16

    whenever I see the punt returner running up like that I always envision it bouncing off them

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I try not to look at that…it doesnt benefit me…lol

  • 6 ring circus

    Like.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    chick was in their again

  • I.P. Freeley

    Cockrell is slow, he only has success against larger receivers, speed guys kill him. Always have.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    “bows”

  • Taylor Williams

    Aye

  • Chris92021

    Yeah, it seems every catch Coates makes is below this head/neck. I am always frustrated by big guys who don’t use their height and length to their advantage.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    oh Danielson

  • SilverSteel

    Catch it on Reddit NFL streams

  • afrazier9

    Sensabagh, Hilton, and burns corners week 1 calling it

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Oh yeah, for sure. Dupree and Watt are the starters. Just like Chick as nice depth.

  • ND_Steel

    I noticed a lot of base defense again, which I’m in favor of, but defense just played terrible.

  • alevin16

    Cockrell cut?

  • SilverSteel

    Bold prediction

  • Taylor Williams

    We’re still a bend don’t break family, that breaks alot.

  • afrazier9

    No backup

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Cockrell is a zone guy and will be day 1 starter

  • ND_Steel

    Throw it away….

  • Walt Dongo

    Cmon conner

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I was yelling that at the TV

  • WreckIess

    No seriously. Stop throwing it to Conner.

  • ND_Steel

    Geez…Conner…

  • George Kroger

    Gotta learn to show it out of bounds when out of the pocket…

  • Dorian James

    Thank you that’s what I’m saying

  • afrazier9

    Wow one less jersey? Lol

  • 6 ring circus

    Conner with an ankle still out there? C’mon man…What about Terrell?!

  • Ravens Team Gynecologist

    Stone hands.

  • afrazier9

    The punter is the player of the game lol

  • Taylor Williams

    Where’s slant route to Bryant????? Ugh

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Terrell has played well too

  • Agustin-ARG

    Sammie Conner!!

  • Danielsteelstrong81

    Glad I wasn’t one of those who bought Connor jersey instead I went with #90 Watt

  • Dorian James

    Just one shot down the field is all I ask

  • Rob

    probably already a PS lock..want to see Conner since he’s missed a lot of time

  • SilverSteel

    The WRs sure ain’t helping Dobbs

  • Taylor Williams

    With Dobbs noodle arm?

  • Chris92021

    Landry Jones is in no danger of being demoted to number 3. Having said that, more than ever, we are screwed if 7 misses more than 4 games.

    Conner can’t catch. Sigh.

  • Don

    Ike?

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Just started paying attention. Any takeaways so far?

  • Chris92021

    He’s got a strong arm. Just not accurate at all.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    are defense suxs

  • Walt Dongo

    Jamesius heyward-bey

  • Dorian James

    It’s starting to look that way

  • Taylor Williams

    Chicks got 2 sacks. Butler still thinks bend don’t break will beat passing teams. Burns is awesome, dirty red is overhyped.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Yeah, people were saying let Bell go and Connor could do 80% of his work (well, one person said it). I don’t think so just yet.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    At least Simms has come down to being a normal sorry 3-4th stringer

  • Ravens Team Gynecologist

    I guess they never threw Connor the ball at Pitt for a reason.

  • ND_Steel

    What was that sideline report? Missed it

  • Big White

    Nice looking out bra!!

  • Smitty 6788

    Conner has given away at least 6 points this game.. Butter fingers smh

  • Shannon Stephenson

    actually he is suppose to be a decent pass catcher…just not today

  • Walt Dongo

    Missi doing a peep show on her twitter after the game

  • DoctorNoah

    Anything good I said about last week’s game, I take back out of disgust with today.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Hmmm… never been a fan of “Bend, don’t break.” Seems like you’re relying on luck. Never thought much of Dirty Red. Glad Burns is doing well – it’d be cool to have a legit #1 corner.

  • Ravens Team Gynecologist

    21 receptions in college career. Pretty crazy how few he had actually.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Not sure who is slower….molasas or Huegenin…that was a painful

  • Walt Dongo

    Nice

  • afrazier9

    Second string is playing good against the third string

  • Shannon Stephenson

    uh oh….someone just opened eyes!!!

  • afrazier9

    Hell yeh

  • Ravens Team Gynecologist

    Trey Williams?

  • John Noh

    Sign 35 to five year contract before the game ends!

  • NYBurgh79

    TOUCHDOWN!

  • Big White

    NASTY RETURN!!

  • Dorian James

    He misread that block but still got the touchdown

  • Shannon Stephenson

    5th string HB

  • Chris92021

    I think we got away with a block in the back there lol

    Special teams showed up today though. Good for Danny Smith.

  • afrazier9

    Did he make the team?

  • Shannon Stephenson

    or 6th string

  • alevin16

    HIRE DANNY SMITH 😀

  • ND_Steel

    Nah, but good for him.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Can’t complain because he scored but he definitely went the wrong way off of that block lol.

  • ND_Steel

    He’s wasting all the good stuff here!

  • afrazier9

    At least practice squad

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Can Williams play CB?

  • Don

    LOL! #47 for ATL did the Reggie Bush push on Matt Leinart to help him into the end zone!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I almost was not going to give him credit if the kicker caught and tackled him…lol

  • Chris92021

    No kidding! Wait until week 4 against Baltimore when we will probably a punt return TD and a blocked punt!

  • Walt Dongo

    Ross cut that hair its slowin you down

  • Smitty 6788

    Great return by Trey Dub lol

  • O’Neal

    I highly doubt conner is a frequent target when the reg season starts. That is what preseason is for. Not all running backs are gonna be good receivers. Doesn’t mean they aren’t useful

  • Alan Tman

    Conner worries me. Some backs are fast, some are shifty or have power. What’s his thing?

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Walton with a nasty push on that last play

  • Smitty 6788

    Oh I know just frustrating leaving points on the field.

  • ND_Steel

    Looks like we have good depth against depth…

  • Phil Brenneman II

    You know, realistically it isn’t like Toussaint and Davis are that great. He should have a decent shot if he can make a couple of more splash plays. Odds are low but maybe they shouldn’t be.

  • 6 ring circus

    Then, fire him again, lol!

  • SilverSteel

    Nothing wrong with second depth

  • ND_Steel

    Just our mix of first and depth vs probably their same was not good

  • SilverSteel

    Starters did not impress

  • alevin16

    All we need to do is during the season ask each team if they would please play their 3rd string O

  • WreckIess

    The motto of this drive needs to be “Don’t pass it to James Conner”

  • SilverSteel

    Lol

  • Shannon Stephenson

    then maybe!

  • 6 ring circus

    L bell is sitting somewhere saying – see?!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    or run it

  • 6 ring circus

    How many have you had, lol?!

  • Walt Dongo

    Bwahaha

  • WreckIess

    How?

  • Chris92021

    Wow that was bad. That was Brett Favre gunslinger bad.

  • Walt Dongo

    I just heard the price is right horn

  • SilverSteel

    Wow. Just wow

  • John Noh

    SIGH.

  • Smitty 6788

    Horrible decision by Dobbs..

  • Taylor Williams

    Where the heck is Laundry Jones?

  • SilverSteel

    In the Vicodin days

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I did like the play call Atlanta just did a great job on it….poor decision by Dobbs

  • Dorian James

    Dobbs tries entirely too hard to make something happen just get rid of the ball

  • John Noh

    Worst 3 and 1 offense and 3 and 10 defense, it seems like.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Strained an abdomen laughing at Dobbs poor play.

  • ND_Steel

    If you are strictly looking at Knile Davis’ spot (I think he’s the front runner) as a ST returner, it is possible, but Knile has a lot of big plays on Sundays on tape.

  • alevin16

    3rd and 1 I would like to see that other runner they have (having a senior moment, I am forgetting his name)

  • Walt Dongo

    Yeah we got one of those qbs already

  • John Noh

    Watson?

  • Shannon Stephenson

    terrell Watson

  • Shannon Stephenson

    DANGER!!!!

  • ND_Steel

    What was that? A DB INT?

  • Ni mo

    He’s slow period he’s the knew whipping boy

  • alevin16

    Good to see other 3rd stringers can make bad throws

  • Chris92021

    Lol alright bring in Bart Houston.

  • Walt Dongo

    Put fart houston in

  • 6 ring circus

    That alone is gonna land you on the loser’s list. You just don’t.

  • alevin16

    yes that is it

  • Danny Young

    Looked like Neil O’Donnell threw that

  • alevin16

    Yes Watson

  • Shane Mitchell

    I have come to the conclusion that being a rocket scientist dont help all that much playin football.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    DOH!!!! BART!!!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    lmao…now thats funny

  • Chris92021

    Well, good to know that Dobbs will go work for NASA probably in the next two years at this rate!

  • Ni mo

    Bring In revis at least for a try out it won’t hurt

  • Taylor Williams

    See Butler. All you had to do is adjust the defensive scheme this entire time. Everyone is the right position now.

  • Walt Dongo

    Conner and dobbs looking like bad picks so far

  • Shannon Stephenson

    that is if concussions do not make him into forest gump.

  • John Noh

    Well, my bubble popped. Dobbs is like Dak Prescott like Omar Jacobs was like Prescott.

  • Chris92021

    All seriousness, pitiful that the current bunch, most of whom will not be playing professional football in three weeks, are playing better against Matt Simms than the starters and backups were.

  • Nathanael Dory

    McCullers is not making that team

  • Rocksolid20

    Dodds is not better than Landry .

  • Taylor Williams

    Just Connor. Dobbs looks no different than Landry his first year.

  • Taylor Williams

    Gentle giant

  • Jamie P

    Ive seen enough of Dobbs…forever. Doubt he”ll ever be a backup

  • Rocksolid20

    Here Here !

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Connors has some nifty moves

  • John Noh

    That was a nice cut though.

  • alevin16

    except the spin

  • Walt Dongo

    Thanks for that revelation missi

  • Shannon Stephenson

    That is why the Hunter is the hunted

  • Phil Brenneman II

    I ain’t mad at Dobbs. Confident young man out there having some fun. He may never amount to much as a QB but he has some good underlying qualities.

  • ND_Steel

    Conner look like he is trying to run to college daylight?

  • alevin16

    Hey Bart, when Hunter ran the other way towards you why don’t you block?

  • John Noh

    Are the Steelers on ice skates?

  • Rocksolid20

    You have got to be kidding . He is not better than Landry at this
    stage of the game .

  • Smitty 6788

    I wish Haley would retire that play.

  • Walt Dongo

    Josh Dudds

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    what happened to the game ? they got me watching outside the nfl

  • Phil Brenneman II

    I thought he had a nice spin in the first half. Made a dude miss

  • SilverSteel

    Yes

  • ND_Steel

    Hunter body language…not good

  • alevin16

    Why do we do that? We never try to actually get a first down

  • WreckIess

    This QB play has been awful.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I wish Hunter would like run towards the endzone…it does benefit the team slightly

  • SilverSteel

    Even Hunter looks sluggish

  • WreckIess

    He’s got Dobbs and Houston throwing ducks at him. Hard to stay positive with this.

  • Dorian James

    Why is Colin holba beating everyone down field?

  • DarthYinzer

    Lots of bad things. Miscommunication. Poor decision making. Crappy playing on the field. This is what preseason is for. Got to pick it up next week, they need a lot of work everywhere.

  • John Noh

    Yes. Very Justin Gilbert-esque

  • Chris92021

    Because 6th round pick….

  • O’Neal

    I don’t really care in preseason personally. Just like to follow certain players

  • SteelerNnyc

    everyone got hype about him too soon. le sigh

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Dobbs and Houston sounds like that sleezy law firm that say…in a wreck get a check.

  • ND_Steel

    Good comparison!

  • SilverSteel

    I see no burst today at all for hunter

  • alevin16

    Well hopefully next week that delightful young man number 84 gets a chance to play. I have a good feeling about him making the 53 or at least the PS ;D

  • Walt Dongo

    I want steelers cheerleaders

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Doesn’t want to get injured and mess up his chance at a big contract.

  • SilverSteel

    Be happy we got Missi

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Fort has been good today too

  • DarthYinzer

    When your punter is having the best day out of everyone, that’s a bad game…

  • Shannon Stephenson

    with who? walmart?

  • alevin16

    close call, that could have gone either way ;D

  • Shannon Stephenson

    thats a safety

  • ND_Steel

    Who are these amateur announcers?

  • Walt Dongo

    Hilton making his case

  • Taylor Williams

    They’re trash on wtoc

  • John Noh

    Mike Hilton for the Nobel Prize for Blitzing.

  • Nathanael Dory

    Hilton is making that team

  • Shannon Stephenson

    The one guy is always saying…this guy trying to get into the rotation

  • Dorian James

    No Doubt, he’s got to be a lock by now

  • alevin16

    I thought it hit his own guy

  • Shannon Stephenson

    would be shocked if he doesn’t …he has been a beast all training camp

  • Walt Dongo

    Yeah boo the right call, makes sense

  • SilverSteel

    He better be

  • ND_Steel

    Would like to see him run with the ones a bit. He’s earned it.

  • John Noh

    No, it hit Jarvis Jones.

  • DarthYinzer

    Yup. Me too

  • Shannon Stephenson

    exactly….need to see if he gots it.

  • ND_Steel

    Lol

  • alevin16

    Yeah I just saw that. 🙁

  • Ron Long

    Jones still making bad plys?

  • Taylor Williams

    He should make it, but Tomlin likes veterans instead.

  • John Noh

    Haunting us from Arizona.

  • Nathanael Dory

    that would be huge

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Alex get that ink out for Hilton

  • Nathanael Dory

    Well he wont start but hes making the team for sure

  • Taylor Williams

    We need to see if he’s good in coverage, then we could put this golson thing away for good.

  • michael young

    Hilton is making this team.

  • Chris92021

    At this rate, Hilton will not clear waivers. However, as a UDFA, he has to play 2 more great preseason games to make the team. Tomlin might favor veterans but he has taken UDFAs on the week 1 roster before.

  • SilverSteel

    Imma need me some Hilton

  • John Noh

    These QBs throw short passes like they’re playing dodge ball.

  • SilverSteel

    🏐🏐

  • Shannon Stephenson

    If Connor keeps making plays like that the terminator will be looking for him

  • Shane Mitchell

    I predict Hilton does not make this team.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Coates taking a beating on those short passes

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Conner running like he is playing our defense.

  • alevin16

    I think Jake McGee needs to make the team.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    lol

  • ND_Steel

    Conner is a different back than I thought he would be…didn’t see him much at Pitt, but he’s got a good burst.

  • John Noh

    If we can play the ATL fourth team every week – Super Bowl baby!

  • Nathanael Dory

    I see you McGee

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Houston throwing a fade route to the guy in the upper deck

  • Dorian James

    Finally get the wave my towel in the air

  • alevin16

    Throw a jump to Odom

  • NYBurgh79

    Nice block by Jake McGee .

  • SilverSteel

    He made a little boy very happy 🏈🏈

  • alevin16

    Yes, but if we ever play a CFL team that is a TD

  • Shane Mitchell

    Big difference when we have a TE that can move and block in the game, McGee should make this team.

  • ND_Steel

    Delay of game…lol

  • Walt Dongo

    Squandered

  • John Noh

    Bart must hate Tucker.

  • Walt Dongo

    Nice effort by hunter

  • Chris92021

    Hunter with great effort there!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Great play Hunter!!!! and totally redeemed him self

  • ND_Steel

    Ok, nice job Hunter

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Lol. He did overthrow that by about 53 yards

  • Steeler83

    Houston should take Dobb’s roster spot !

  • michael young

    Halfway through the 4th and we have Coates and Hunter at WR. We are loaded at WR.

  • NYBurgh79

    Congrats Hunter !

  • SilverSteel

    Luv it

  • Michael Conrad

    Huston has a gun for an arm if he was more accurate I would keep him over the rocket man.

  • alevin16

    come on McGee has to make the team. Heeeeeeth becomes McGeeeeeee so easily

  • John Noh

    Uh, no.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Hunter vs Coates is still looking pretty interesting.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    very Tomlineske

  • Michael Conrad

    McGee is going to make the team he is getting text book blocks.

  • Shane Mitchell

    Jake McGee makes the offense better when he is on the field.

  • Chris92021

    Love to see it when 7 plays next Saturday. Sadly I think that is what is going to decide that Hunter vs. Coates battle.

  • Agustin-ARG

    And we take the lead!!

  • ND_Steel

    Houston…nice game

  • alevin16

    I rather have his steady blocking than Grimble’s maybe catching

  • Chris92021

    I like him better than David Johnson. And Grimble even though Grimble does have athleticism that not many TEs have.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Bart dont have a cow man Houston day 1 starter….BOOK IT!!!

  • Ron Long

    I think both make it and Heyward Bey is cut

  • Nathanael Dory

    Totally agree

  • Shannon Stephenson

    McGee is a beast at blocking

  • ND_Steel

    I agree, gonna be Ben’s call…where’s Hamilton tonight?

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Bey is a lock. Those 2 are fighting for spot 6

  • afrazier9

    Wr AB, MB, ER, SC, JH, and JU JU unless there is a injury

  • Steeler83

    Come on, with Dobb’s at QB our offense isn’t very good. Houston got some 1st down…

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Good question. Hadn’t even thought about him.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    DHB has had a poor camp

  • Walt Dongo

    Cowabunga dude!

  • Jaybird

    Starting over Bryant???? No way.

  • Jason

    Bey is far from a lock.

  • alevin16

    Houston is channeling the spirit of the great Tommy Maddox!

  • Jaybird

    Forget it , I thought I read Hunter. My misread bro

  • Jason

    Terrible by all accounts

  • Shane Mitchell

    McGee should start

  • Chris92021

    88 makes the team because he is one of our best special teams guys. Plus he can still fly. As a 5th or 6th WR, he is great. We get in trouble if we ask him to start or play as the 3rd WR. But as a special teamer, he’s invaluable.

  • John Noh

    Is Malik an upgrade over Robert? Legit question.

  • DarthYinzer

    NICE! HIT!

  • Walt Dongo

    Fee lon

  • Nathanael Dory

    Man..ST dominate

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Nah, he is in man. Leadership, great ST guy, and neither of the other guys offer much more than Bey does as a receiver. They are all 1 route speed guys with questionable hands. Plus look at who he gets to run with compared to them. He is the go to guy after the starters in the preseason.

  • Jason

    Friendly bet then

  • alevin16

    Hilton seems to be around every play

  • Dorian James

    Give them the W today

  • Taylor Williams

    Bey can’t even catch

  • ND_Steel

    Second half has made this game a little more palatable…

  • Phil Brenneman II

    You know Bryant had a higher drop rate than Bey right? Every receiver we have outside of Rogers and AB has questionable hands. They are almost all literally the same receiver. They run go routes to take the top off of the D. Bey has an edge because he is faster. Outside of that its whatever.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Deal

  • Dorian James

    Yes they force me to be wrong about this game being a loss regardless of the score

  • John Noh

    Danny Smith – man of the match.

  • alevin16

    McGeeeeeeeeee

  • SilverSteel

    Our young guys ballin

  • Nathanael Dory

    MY GOD MCGEE!

  • ND_Steel

    Can’t believe he’s going to be on the winners’ list!

  • DarthYinzer

    Connor seems to be bouncing back. Good to see.

  • Taylor Williams

    It’s an L. Would’ve been a shootout if this was a regular season game.

  • Dorian James

    Especially Connor in the second half

  • Shane Mitchell

    Start that man

  • Walt Dongo

    Pay increase danny smith

  • ND_Steel

    Hmm…weak effort Hunter

  • SilverSteel

    Bout freakin time

  • Shannon Stephenson

    agreed….almost look like he gave up

  • ND_Steel

    PI though…effort would have drawn the call…

  • Shane Mitchell

    Jake Mcgee is supposed to have hands like Steve Largent. to go along with his blocking according to scouting reports.

  • Dorian James

    True but the way the Special Teams and the young guys have played its made me feel better about the game in general

  • Chris92021

    Yeah, he plays like he’s a star. Nope. Gotta go for it like he’s Antonio Brown if he wants to make this team.

  • SilverSteel

    So keep 4 TEs?

  • ND_Steel

    Wow, nice blitz

  • Shannon Stephenson

    is not like we have great TE’s to begin with…he could move to the 2nd string without being that great

  • DoctorNoah

    Can he block better than grimble?

  • Shannon Stephenson

    DANGER!!!!

  • Smitty 6788

    I hope that playcall was a coaching decision to get the defense some situational snaps.

  • SilverSteel

    Looks like it

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    No respect!!!!

  • Chris92021

    Danger! Danger!!

  • Shane Mitchell

    hell yeah

  • DoctorNoah

    One good game makes up for four seasons of dire mediocrity?

  • Chris92021

    Dangerfield is making a strong case to make this team and given how weak we are in the secondary, I would love to see him in week 1more than Cockrell right now.

  • Nathanael Dory

    Im crying now :’)

  • Smitty 6788

    I know its mop up time but I like Dangerfield better than Golden.

  • Dorian James

    The depth guys really turn this game around for me I’m a much happier man LOL

  • ND_Steel

    Conner has the rookie jitters…overall like what I saw from him. He’s faster than I thought

  • Phil Brenneman II

    He has def looked better today. No doubt. But don’t forget Golden was running what looked like more man stuff while JD looks like he is getting to play more of a read and react.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    nEVER WAS A FAN OF gOLDEN IN THE SECONDARY

  • Nathanael Dory

    Had inside lane but not bad

  • George Kroger

    Made some nice cutbacks

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Connor goes down too easily for a bigger back.

  • George Kroger

    more evidence to your point!!!

  • Dorian James

    Jake McGee is looking to bump someone off this roster

  • Smitty 6788

    Go for it Coach T!!

  • Shane Mitchell

    Jake Mcgee start this man!!!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    like to see him do some work with the 1st stringers next week.

  • Ron Long

    Where did he come from?

  • John Noh

    Grimble making zero case to stay.

  • Shane Mitchell

    florida

  • Dorian James

    What they said Penn state I may be wrong

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Florida was where he went to college but he was a UDFA in the middle of camp and took Orndorfs spot when he was injured.

  • Michael Conrad

    I want to see McGee in with the ones next week.

  • Ron Long

    Undrafted?

  • Smitty 6788

    I was about to say Grimble in trouble

  • Chris92021

    Florida.

  • ND_Steel

    Yeah, I agree, but he’s not the back I thought he was. Has good vision, quick in the hole. Hopefully he shows a little more YAC moving forward.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    I almost forgot that we’re actually trying to win this game. I just liked watching Connor run.

  • ND_Steel

    Lol

  • John Noh

    That was the worst case scenario there.

  • George Kroger

    Now you gotta go – it’s preseason and we don’t want OT

  • Dorian James

    I can’t wait to hear Alex’s W’s and L’s tonight

  • SteelerNnyc

    He’s been on ST

  • DarthYinzer

    Losers list is going to be looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong.

  • George Kroger

    Definitely needs to feel more comfortable – you’re spot on with the rookie jitters observation

  • ND_Steel

    Amongst the starters…some good backup efforts…including some repeaters…McGee, Hilton…

  • Dorian James

    Sadly it is

  • Shane Mitchell

    yeah

  • George Kroger

    Had Connor in the flat

  • John Noh

    I like the way Malik Golden hits. Maybe a PS candidate?

  • SteelerNnyc

    Sorry, but Hamilton goes and gets the darn ball!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    not sure he would get in though…there was a defender in the area

  • ND_Steel

    Didn’t talk about them, but backup OL did well.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    He had a good one in this drive

  • Dorian James

    Nice grab by the offensive receiver

  • SteelerNnyc

    They have played all game….they didn’t play AT ALL the last one, so yeah…they should be playing!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    no but one good preseason game does.

  • Agustin-ARG

    A preseason 2-0 record!! WTF!!!!!

  • Taylor Williams

    What’s up with the first team D though??

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Houston had some good protection at times

  • ND_Steel

    We played well against backups and vanilla…when Atl was scheming the first quarter, it was ugly…question is, were we trying to scheme or just vanilla?

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Can’t say – didn’t watch the first half.

  • Chris92021

    He sure does. Cobi fights for the ball. That is why I love that guy.

  • DarthYinzer

    A win is a win. Even in preseason

  • Michael Conrad

    LJ is not playing he will get them to 2-2.

  • Ed Smith

    Once Conner settled down, didn’t do too bad – 99 yds by my estimate

  • Riverstko

    I like both 30s and 35s , Golden #2 good game. Go Steelers!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Malik was not bad today

  • ND_Steel

    Hargrave/concussion, DBH dinged up, Golden dinged up, Conner held up nicely…only thing that I saw injury-wise that concerned me was Hargrave and Villanueva appeared to be favoring a wrapped arm.

  • Shane Mitchell

    First half wasnt unexpected, their starting offense is without a doubt better than our starting defense, and we didnt play most of our skill position #1s. To win a SB we will have to do it with our offense our defense isnt going to stop top offenses in the NFL anytime soon, we have to have a legit elite offense this season.

  • SteelerNnyc

    1. Brown 2. Bryant 3. JuJu (only because he was drafted early, otherwise he hasn’t shown anything but the ability to get hurt) 4. Rogers 5. Coates 6. Hamilton

  • SteelerNnyc

    Eli fumbled in the AFC Championship game…jus sayin’

  • SteelerNnyc

    playing ST.

  • ND_Steel

    Yes, probably not unexpected but still very disappointing, Cockrell and Davis to an extent were just awful. That’s a big problem…hope we get to see what Golson and Sutton have soon.

  • Nathanael Dory

    Fort look appart hes too good for the 3s and 4s. Dnagerfield should take the place of Golden. You cant just ignore a guy who is making game changing plays. McGee should take the place of Grimble at least he is consistent in one area.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Grimble and McGee are opposite however. Grimble is a athletic TE who will be a match up problem and McGee is a blocking TE. McGee would take Johnsons place IMO.

  • Shane Mitchell

    Hoping Golson and Sutton can both return this week.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Can’t say that I do remember but fumble and catch are 2 different things.

  • Nathanael Dory

    Well my point is if Grimble isnt a difference maker in that departement, let the other guy take snap in one area he is consistent.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Dangerfield was playing 3’s and 4’s, Golden 1’s and 2’s. You have to put context to the plays. That being said, I don’t think there is a huge difference between Golden and Dangerfield. Both are solid guys.

    Fort is interesting. I still think it is a coinflip between him and Johnson though I guess they both could make it depending on numbers at other positions.

  • Nathanael Dory

    Yes Grimble is athletic but he is been far from beeing a matchup problem

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    If I’m being honest, I’m not seeing a big difference in the receiving ability of James and Johnson. That whole TE group is very disappointing.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    James and Johnson being similar is okay IMO. I mean, they both have solid hands and are decent at finding the soft spots. I guess James would get the edge because of youth and is he a little taller?

  • Ed Smith

    Golden was toasted all night long

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Well, he didn’t play all night so that is a bit of an exaggeration. But yes, he didn’t look good vs the better competition.

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    That’s true, but Johnson is a far superior blocker.

  • Shane Mitchell

    I think with all our skill position 1s on the field what Jake McGee showed today is about all we need from a TE, a guy that does the stuff that doesnt show up on the box score but changes the game. From what i have seen he does that better than anyone else on the roster.

    McGee came into the game and suddenly James Conner looked much better running the ball behind his blocking.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    So none of the battles really seemed to gain any clarity tonight. Johnson and Fort both had good games and Coates and hunter were about even. I think Coates still has the edge because he is the draft pick and has done more in season for our team, with Hunter being the new guy that is by default but still.

    I think Hilton went ahead and locked up his spot on the roster and I think there is an outside shot Trey Williams could squeeze his way on but I doubt it without him even tasting any RB snaps.

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    L.j. Fort should be the backup Mack linebacker. That group lacks athleticism without Shazier. With Fort you could get some of that back on the field.

  • Jason

    Eye roll.

  • Nathanael Dory

    I agree with you about the forst INT but the second one was legit a great play

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    I’m in the queen city – rushed home to catch it and now I’m pissed even though I expected us to come back and win but I wanted to see- for myself how much heart the next generation of Steelers have and if they would rise to the ocassion and hold the fort down say home

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    I’m thinking it’s possible

  • Alan Tman

    I’m not sold on TM44 yet.