Less than a week after the Steelers opened up the NFL Preseason in the Hall of Fame Game, the team is set to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars this Friday night. The team is set to execute a plan similar to the one used on Sunday night against the Vikings, just with different players.
When asked about the plan on Wednesday, Coach Tomlin responded, “We’re taking a very similar approach to this game that we took to the Hall of Fame game in terms of preparation, menu, in terms of what we’re asking the guys to do.” However, starters should be expected to play for some portion of time during the game.
“Our intention is that all healthy men are going to play in the football game.” – Mike Tomlin
This means that players like Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, and James Harrison will see the field for the first time this season on Friday night. While this will give fans the opportunity to see the Steelers’ best players on the field, don’t expect them to be out there long.
At QB, Roethlisberger is expected to be under center for roughly 10 snaps or so. He will then be replaced by a rotation of backups. Landry Jones, coming off of a rather lackluster performance in the Hall of Fame Game, Tyler Murphy, and even Tahj Boyd will most likely have a chance to play in the game.
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Standouts from the first preseason game such as Shakim Phillips, Alejandro Villanueva, and Kevin Fogg will have another chance to continue to prove their worth. Meanwhile, defensive rookies Bud Dupree and Doran Grant will have additional opportunities to play.
Friday night will also mark the first time newly acquired kicker Garrett Hartley will appear in Steelers black and gold. He is expected to fill the shoes of Shuan Shuisham, who will undergo ACL surgery and miss the rest of the season.
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