Steelers News: Tomlin’s review, holes, going for two


Steelers training camp and preseason are officially underway. For the next few weeks the team will lay the foundation for the 2015 regular season. While the Steelers are sweating in the hot Latrobe sun we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Saturday, August 15th.

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Coming up short

The final score of preseason games don’t count for anything but the Steelers made it somewhat exciting on Friday night with a last minute drive that just came up a bit short for the win. The most important win a team can have in a preseason game is to not have any significant injuries.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin addressed the media following the Steelers 23-21 loss to Jacksonville on Friday night and explained how the team left Jacksonville fairly injury free.

"“Not the outcome that we desired but there were some awesome situations for the group to be in. Some positive things, obviously, and some negative things. We played tonight and will analyze tomorrow. I think the energy and effort of the guys; we just came up a little short. On the injury front, we got out pretty injury free. Josh Harris has a foot. Don’t know the extent of that but we will take a look at it. Lawrence Timmons didn’t play in the game because he hurt his toe after we met the other day in practice. We held him out of the football game.” – Mike Tomlin"

Holes in the Steelers defense

As ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reminds us, post-game conclusions are primarily reserved for the regular season. However, it was hard to look passed the Steelers defensive holes that allowed Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles to go 11 of 15 for 118 yards on Friday night.

Fowler notes how veteran linebackers Arthur Moats and James Harrison made plays while Jarvis Jones and Bud Dupree were caught out of place at times. The Steelers were going off of a short practice week; just two practices since their Hall of Fame game loss to Minnesota but the defense certainly has some tightening up to do.

They’re going for two

The Steelers first team offense went ahead and took care of business in impressive fashion on Friday night in Jacksonville, as PFT’s Josh Alper explains. They were so on fire that instead of trying the 33-yard extra point with new kicker Garrett Hartley after Ben Roethlisberger connected with Martavis Bryant on a 44-yard touchdown pass they went ahead and went for the two-point conversion.

This time it was Roethlisberger connecting with Markus Wheaton for the two points hinting that the Steelers could be right on track to return to the high-volume offense they started last season.

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